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Posted August 8, 2011
WASTE OF MONEY!!
This book might be appropriate for left-handed kindergarteners to read!! IT IS IDIOTIC and NOT HELPFUL!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This woman supposedly has a Ph.D. and writes like her audience is just beginning school. She dumbs everything down...but in fact, there is really NOTHING to dumb down because she doesn't provide ANY relevant or interesting information on the subject matter! I didn't learn ONE thing!
As far as I could tell on the e-book sample, the book promised a discussion of neurobiology, which was my real interest. She touches on cortical information for a few sentences, and that's it.
The book is ONLY 109 pages, and honestly the author probably spends at least a THIRD of that listing famous people who are left-handed. LIKE I CARE!! I'm left-handed and I know I'm unique. I don't need to know famous people share the trait to feel better about myself. I was raised like the other children in my family, despite the difference in my lateral preference. However, that preference alone doesn't necessitate special treatment or accommodations at home or in school.
The author repeats herself constantly...and of course those repeats are the SAME BORING information that I had a problem with in the first place!
I agree with the other reviewer--TRULY, ANYTHING can be published these days. This book is a total waste of money, full of worthless information, and generally inconclusive...I mean, why would a parent NOT love a lefty?
I don't understand how this book got any high-star reviews. I mean, are there really people out there who are so idiotic to believe that left-handed individuals can't fill out bubbles in standardized testing sheets? Let me reiterate that I am left-handed, and I was a straight-A student my whole life. Standardized testing sheets INCLUDED!!
Note on the e-book: the sidebar information was superimposed on the text of the book. What poor planning!
ADDITIONALLY, I don't know if a problem lay with the electronic version, but if not, the editor of this book NEEDS A NEW JOB!! There were too many grammatical errors to count.
CONCLUSION: Don't waste your money! I wish I had another book to recommend on the subject... =(
Posted July 12, 2002
My mother was ahead of her time:
In 1958 she found a booklet that showed how I needed to orient my writing paper to improve my handwriting, and all summer before 5th grade my brother supervised me as I wrote a whole page that way 5 days/week. As a lefthanded person in middle age, I've tried to read as much as possible about this topic. I've learned a lot, but this looks like the first book (at least for lay people) to address more than fascinating and interesting tidbits, helping me to understand my own development. Imagine my delight when I learned about negative numbers, and realized that infinity goes to the LEFT as well as the right. Also, when writing, my arm constantly is stopped by my trunk, whereas righthanded people can stretch out as far as they can reach, at least in English. A higher than average percentage of artists (and other groups) are lefthanded. I'm an actor; at a post-rehearsal dinner of ten various theatre artists (designers, directors and actors) we all stood around the round Chinese-restaurant table hesitating to take a seat. Finally one of us said, 'I'm lefthanded, so I'm waiting for the right handers to sit,' (so as to choose the least offensive seat for them, usually done, but particularly so when using chopsticks). Eight more people said, 'Me too!' albeit 90% is unusual. When I watch films I ALWAYS notice the handed-ness (laterality) of the actors, whereas my right-handed husband never does ...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 10, 2001
An Unexpected Pleasure
An unexpected pleasure, that¿s the only way I can describe this book. Initially, I purchased ¿Loving Lefties¿ for a friend who has had a lifelong interest in her left-handedness. It was not something I would have chosen to read, even if I was left-handed, but when I began paging through it, I found, to my surprise, that it is very well written, quite entertaining, and informative. Rather than overwhelming the reader with an endless spate of technical jargon, or writing down to her audience as is too often done, Ms. Healey (or her ¿writer,¿ a Grant Jarrett? whom she aptly praises in the book¿s acknowledgements) draws the reader in and educates in a tone and language that keeps you reading and learning about an unexpectedly intriguing topic. I couldn¿t be more enthusiastic about this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.