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Beautiful Child: The story of a child trapped in silence and the teacher who refused to give up on her Paperback – 2 Apr 2007
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“Torey Hayden deserves the kind of respect I can’t give many people. She isn’t just valuable, she’s incredible. The world needs more like Torey Hayden.” Boston Globe
“Chilling and affecting.” Chicago Tribune
“Moving – as lively and surprising as the kids it so deftly portrays.“ O Magazine
A stunning and poignant account of an extraordinary teacher's determination never to abandon a child in need from the internationally bestselling author of 'One Child' and No. 1 bestseller 'Ghost Girl'. Seven-year-old Venus Fox never spoke, never listened, never even acknowledged the presence of another human being in the room with her. Yet an accidental playground 'bump' would release a rage frightening to behold. The school year that followed would prove to be one of the most trying, perplexing, and ultimately rewarding of Torey's career, as she struggled to reach a silent child in obvious pain. It would be a strenuous journey beset by seemingly insurmountable obstacles and darkened by truly terrible revelations. Yet encouraged by sometimes small, sometimes dazzling breakthroughs, as a dedicated teacher, Torey remained committed to helping a 'hopeless' girl, and patiently and lovingly leading her toward the light of a new day.See all Product description
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The story of Wanda and Venus is dramatic in itself but is skilfully laid out by Torey Hayden and the final revelation of their relationship is unexpected and moving. The social implications of their story are graphically revealed but are not commented on They are left to speak for themselves.
The friendships and loyalties that grow between child and child, child and teacher, grip the reader's attention. The stresses and strains of a teacher's life and the challenge to meet each child's needs provide tension in the story.
Billy is different to the other children. His quick mind, frightening logic and clever use of words make him both a challenging sparring partner and a useful ally for Torey. It is no surprise to finally know that it is his dyslexia and not hyperactivity that is his main disability so that he later enters university.
After reading the book one is left with feelings of sadness for what "differently able" children can suffer and of immense admiration for Torey's professional skills and deep humanity.
This story is about Venus a little girl who hardly speaks (i wont go any further as i dont want to give any spoilers)
Let me say, torey is so down to earth, she admits her faults and says it how it is. The work Torey does is amazing and sometimes its really funny and sometimes its heart wrenching... this book is a must read for anyone!
If you work with special needs children, a trainee psychologist or anyone who cares about children then pick this up.. you wont be able to put it down!
Excellent author. Fully recommend.
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