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Beautiful Child

Life is full of struggles that one must overcome. In Torey Hayden¿s autobiography Beautiful Child, not only does the reader see the struggles of being a Special Education teacher, but also gets a look into the strong bond that a teacher and student develop. Through her ...
Life is full of struggles that one must overcome. In Torey Hayden¿s autobiography Beautiful Child, not only does the reader see the struggles of being a Special Education teacher, but also gets a look into the strong bond that a teacher and student develop. Through her unique style of writing Hayden creates a story that keeps the reader both wanting to keep going and cheering her on as she struggles to help her students. Throughout the book, Hayden manages a classroom in which no day goes without there being a fight. Hayden¿s class is composed of six-year-old twins with fetal alcohol syndrome, a nine-year-old with Tourette¿s syndrome, another nine-year-old who has behavior problems that have caused him to come face to face with expulsion twice and then Venus who has become almost permanently silenced by her abusing stepfather. Through Venus, Hayden opens people¿s eyes, especially mine, to the sad reality that some children actually do go through when they go home. Venus¿s silence gives Hayden a new challenge: getting her to open up. It is through Venus that the bond and the will of a teacher to help her student are truly visible. It is through all her students though, that Hayden reveals 'to people like me who don¿t know anything about special education classes' how chaotic and hard it can be to run a class in which students do not choose to misbehave but can¿t control themselves. Hayden¿s descriptions of her classes give even some of my noisiest classes a sense of calmness. Hayden has a very special style of writing that not only keeps the reader interested but also lets her feelings soak through the pages. Hayden also gives the reader a reality check and shows how in some cases school is a better place for children especially those who have parents that are just waiting to abuse them mentally or physically.

posted by Anonymous on March 4, 2008

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing ending.

Well written and interesting. The author spends most of the book discussing the episodes she had with Venus and her classmates. You find yourself becoming invested in the welfare of this poor child. I had a problem with the ending of the book. Once it is discovered what...
Well written and interesting. The author spends most of the book discussing the episodes she had with Venus and her classmates. You find yourself becoming invested in the welfare of this poor child. I had a problem with the ending of the book. Once it is discovered what has caused Venus' condition, you are given a minimal amount of information as to what happens to her. There is little information as to Venus' future welfare. I found it frustrating and a let-down.

posted by Anonymous on January 5, 2008

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