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Beautiful Child (Reprint) (Paperback) (Torey L. Hayden)

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In the tradition of David Pelzer's A Child Called 'It' comes the unsettling story of a mute, almost catatonic seven–year–old and the special education teacher who tries to save her from the silence and abuse of her world.

Hayden has chronicled experiences from her long career as a special education teacher in several books, includingOne Child and The Tiger's Child. Successes in this difficult and often frustrating field can be few and hard won, a fact which Hayden deftly illustrates while simultaneously offering hope and joy in small victories. This time she brings to life the story of a scruffy seven–year–old, Venus, who is so unresponsive that Hayden searches for signs of deafness, brain damage or mental retardation. The author is relentless in her attempt to diagnose the cause of Venus's 'almost catatonic' state, which is punctuated by occasional violent outbursts. In this first–person narrative, Hayden also shares her own thoughts, worries and reflections on the strained relationship with a mismatched classroom aide, creating a rich tapestry of the dynamics of a group of special needs youngsters and the adults who try to help them.

The author of One Child follows the story of special-needs child Venus, a seven-year-old girl who refused to speak, describing her teacher's efforts to connect with and help her. Reprint.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 385
Genre: Education, Psychology
Sub-Genre: Developmental / Child, Special Education / Learning Disabled
Format: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins
Author: Torey L. Hayden
Language: English
Street Date: May 1, 2003
TCIN: 12727223
UPC: 9780060508876
Item Number (DPCI): 248-49-6649

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