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The Contest
     

The Contest

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by Stevanne Auerbach PhD
 

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Fiction/ Family relationships- Shelly Stern an attractive, divorced single mother is living and working in Washington D.C. during the tumultuous 1960s. While other young women are burning bras, heading for Woodstock, or marching for civil rights, Shelly is working in a drab green government office in the Department of Education and trying to make a difference by

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Fiction/ Family relationships- Shelly Stern an attractive, divorced single mother is living and working in Washington D.C. during the tumultuous 1960s. While other young women are burning bras, heading for Woodstock, or marching for civil rights, Shelly is working in a drab green government office in the Department of Education and trying to make a difference by establishing an on site childcare center so mothers can work without worrying. Her job and three-year-old daughter, Alison, give her little time for a social life. But a stroke of fate introduces Shelly to handsome, charismatic Dr. Doug Fine, a pediatrician in from California for a meeting on health care for Head Start. Their instant attraction leads to a long distance romance between Washington D.C. and San Francisco. When President Nixon vetoes the congressional childcare bill that Shelly poured her heart into bringing to fruition she heads to California to begin work on her PhD and be closer to Doug. Upon arrival, a miscommunication at the apartment she rented forces her to stay with Doug for a few days. Before long, the unplanned household of his and hers begins what Shelly calls a perfect "blendship." After two years of living together and hiring an array of lovable, crazy helpers and meeting interesting colleagues, friends, pets, and colorful neighbors Doug and Shelly win a unique contest and marry. The marriage begins a rollercoaster ride that has more inclines and dips than the hilly streets of San Francisco. Come with Shelly as she remembers her story that, like the burning sun that rose in the east and set in the west, culminates in The Contest.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780978554026
Publisher:
Dr. Auerbach
Publication date:
12/28/2009
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

Stevanne Auerbach, PhD. has for past 40 years been one of the most respected names in the toy industry known as Dr. Toy™ — an expert in child development, education, special education, psychology, parent education, toys and children's products. She selects and evaluates the newest, best, educational, creative and active toys and other products for annual awards programs. Dr Auerbach consults, evaluates, reviews toys and products for Dr. Toy's Guide www.drtoy.com.

Born in New York City, Dr. Auerbach attended Queens College, and was a teacher in New York City, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. After completing an MA at George Washington University, and a Ph.D. at The Union Institute Graduate School she focused on writing, consulting and speaking with emphasis on family issues, child development, parenting, play, toys, childcare and learning

Dr. Auerbach has published 16 books, a children's book, a novel, collection about butterflies, and of poetry, hundreds of articles, was King Syndicated Columnist for 5 years on toys, and also toy expert on magazines such as Parenting, Family Circle, Creative Child and on websites such as Sears Toy Shop, Pearson Education, Club Mom, iparenting, etoys, and many others.

She has made many presentations to parents and professionals, been interviewed by many journalists and authors in the USA and other countries; and interviewed on radio and TV for many years. She lives in Northern California Bay Area, is married, a mother and playful grandmother.

Dr Auerbach worked in Washington DC as a Program Specialist at the U.S. Department of Education, approved the first grant for "Sesame Street," evaluated "Title One Programs," established the first model childcare center for children of employees working for the federal government; testified before a Congressional Committee (1969) on behalf of childcare needs among families of federal, state and local workers; Later, at the Office of Economic Opportunity, she planned the National Childcare R & D Program, and coordinated the Day Care Forum at the White House Conference on Children (1970)

Dr. Auerbach, a long time child care advocate, is the author of many articles, and 16 books on parenting, childcare, and toys including: My Butterfly Collection (2016)The Contest ( 2010) Dr. Toy's Smart Play Smart Toys 4th edition (2015) Published in the USA and 13 countries) ; Toys for a Lifetime (1999 ) The Toy Chest ( 1986 ) The Whole Child ( 1980) Choosing Childcare (1976, 1981, 1991, 2009), Child Care: A Comprehensive Guide (1975-1979), and Confronting the Childcare Crisis (1979) Cross-Cultural Study of Childcare Services (1974) The Alphabet Tree (1985) and Petals-Poetry (1979)

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Contest 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SWO More than 1 year ago
"The Contest" shows its author "Dr. Toy's" deep understanding of children and their needs, which readers who know Stevanne Auerbach's highly regarded books about children's play should expect. Her first novel takes a look at falling in love and taking on responsibility for stepchildren, only to find that the partner you thought was sharing the same goals has been deceptive. What to do after you learn the heart-breaking truth? The book's take-away: Even after so much has transpired, it's never too late to start over again to look for the right combination of love and commitment.
BlackBeltGoals More than 1 year ago
America, put down your rattles, pick up your building blocks and put your children to bed. It's time to choose your favorite nook and get to reading for pure enjoyment this time, no educational value intended. Stevanne Auerbach, known to millions as "Dr. Toy" has gone against type in this, her first foray into fiction and she hits it out of the Golden Gate park. After 40 plus years, and 15 books ( "Smart Play Smart Toys", etc. ), as one of the worlds' great authorities on all things children and education Mrs. Auerbach has at long last decided to try her hand in the world of fiction and woe that it has taken her so long. "The Contest" takes you from the corridors of Washington D.C. to the streets of San Francisco and into the lives of many memorable characters, and does so with a broad sweep that will have you hooked from the first page to the last. If you are looking for a book that is as grown up as you are, then "The Contest" isn't really a contest at all. It's a surefire winner.