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"Look at today's superachievers in business, technology, the arts, sports, and politics. What were they like as children and teens, and what brought out their incredible talents? In this extraordinary book, 22 unparalleled achievers from diverse professions talk about their own experiences, offering candid insights on mentoring and empowering children with high potential. Kids Who Think Outside the Box presents strategies for parents, teachers, and others to use to harness a child's natural inclinations and gifts, whatever they may be.

First-person narratives include:

Legendary musician and former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney; Academy Award®-nominated director, producer, and actor Spike Lee; New York City Mayor and former Bloomberg LLP Chief Executive Michael R. Bloomberg; Goldman Sachs Vice Chairman Robert D. Hormats; artist Chuck Close; hockey legend Rod Gilbert; presidential advisor Michael Gerson; world-renowned heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz; naturalist and South Pole explorer Tori Murden McClure; and others

The book also includes an extensive directory of programs and resources, from science camps to performing arts academies, leadership institutes, elite sports training programs, and more. Far from fanciful theory, this book is designed to be used in the development of our future ""living legends."" Featuring an unprecedented confluence of first-hand accounts, careful research, and practical tools and resources, Kids Who Think Outside the Box will help readers tap the vast potential in every child."

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"""Kids Who Think Outside the Box tells the stories of kids school counselors see every day. We work with students to address their concerns in the personal/social, academic, and career realms. Professional school counselors encourage all students to think outside the box to ensure their success in school and beyond.""

-- Douglas Morrissey, President, New York State School Counselor Association; School Counselor, Canajoharie High School, Canajoharie, New York"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814472750
  • Publisher: AMACOM
  • Publication date: 4/8/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Lerner (New York, NY) has produced programs for national and local radio and TV. Her shows have included Power Profiles; Time of Your Life; and Stephanie Lerner and Company.

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Table of Contents

"Foreword: The Importance of Individuality and Thinking Differently by Mary Ann Dudko, Ph.D. xi

Preface xvii

Acknowledgments xix

Introduction: Who Are the Kids Who Think Outside the Box? xxi

Part One

NURTURING YOUR UNIQUE CHILD 1

Do All Kids Have Out-of-the-Box Potential? You Bet They Do! 3

Part Two

LIVING LEGENDS AND EMINENT ACHIEVERS: THEIR STORIES 11

THE ARTISTS

SPIKE LEE Filmmaker, Actor, Author, Teacher 14

A Strong Sense of Self

PAUL McCARTNEY Musician, Composer, Performer, Writer, Producer 20

The Positive Power of Love

PHILIPPE ROUSSELOT Cinematographer, Artist, Filmmaker 22

Be Proud of Being Different

JOHN NELS HATLEBERG Artist, Designer 27

Security, Patience, Perseverance

BARBARA CHASE-RIBOUD Writer, Sculptor 32

Never Be Afraid

CHRISTINE CHOY Artist, Filmmaker, Teacher 36

Imagination and Creativity

JOHN WESTERMANN Writer 41

Never Quit

THE LEADERS

ROBERT D. HORMATS Economist, Financier, Ambassador 44

Run Your Own Race

MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG Mayor, Entrepreneur 50

Listen, Question, Test, Think

RICHARD ""MIKE"" MULLANE Astronaut, Writer 53

It Always Counts

ELON MUSK Entrepreneur 57

Innovation, Drive, and Determination

ERIC ANDERSON Entrepreneur 61

Don’t Be Afraid to Take a Chance

NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON Astrophysicist 65

Reach for Your Own Star

DOUG MOSS Publisher, Environmentalist 70

Ambition and Perseverance

JACK J. CAMBRIA New York Police Department Hostage Negotiator 75

Never Give Up

MARK NORELL Paleontologist 78

Work Hard, Play Hard, Think Hard, Finish Stuff

JOHN A. HAYS Deputy Chairman, Christie’s, North and South America 82

You Can Do Anything If You Set Your Mind to It

JOSEPH DENOFRIO Senior Vice President for Fashion, Macy’s 84

Aim High

JOHN R. PASSARINI Educator, Coach 88

Limited Only by Our Thoughts

DOUGLAS JACKSON Educator 93

Make the Connections Between What Could Be and What Is

THE SCIENTISTS

MARIO J. MOLINA Nobel Prize Winning Chemist 97

It’s OK to Be Original

ADAM G. RIESS Astrophysicist 102

Knowledge . . . the Great Equalizer

VINTON G. CERF Internet Cofounder and Developer 105

Conventional Wisdom Is Not Always Right

DOUGLAS C. ENGELBART Computer Scientist 109

Imagine All Kinds of Things

MEHMET OZ Surgeon, Naturalist 114

Persistent Curiosity

STEVEN I. PFEIFFER Psychologist, Educator 117

Let Your Dreams Evolve

THE ATHLETES

ROD GILBERT Ice Hockey All-Star 120

Go the Extra Mile

BRIAN MARTIN Luge Olympic Medallist 126

Unyielding Devotion and Dedication

RACHAEL SCDORIS Iditarod Sled Dog Musher 130

Ignore What Others Say, Do What You Love

TORI MURDEN McCLURE Rower, Skier, Mountain Climber 134

Patience, Endurance, Resourcefulness

FRED ZIMNY U.S. National and Olympic Luge Team Manager 140

Unconditional Support

Part Three

THE SOURCE BOOK: Exceptional Programs, Adventures, and Voyages for Your Child: Ages Youth to College 145

PROGRAMS: BY SPHERE OF INTEREST

Altruist: Community Servant, Healer, Teacher 149

Artist: Musician, Performer 159

Athlete: Competitor 173

Designer: Architect 177

Entrepreneur: Financier, Economist 187

Historian 189

Intellectual 195

Inventor: Innovator, Computer Scientist/Technician 205

Leader: Negotiator, Debater, Peacemaker 210

Naturalist: Outdoor Adventurer, Explorer 216

Observer: Writer 227

Scientist 233

Other Significant Programs/Services 246

Index 251"

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First Chapter

Kids Who Think Outside the Box


By Stephanie Lerner

AMACOM Books

Copyright © 2005 Stephanie Lerner
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-8144-7275-3


Chapter One

Living Legends and Eminent Achievers Their Stories

One of my most special possessions is a photograph of my eldest son and daughter. It's 6 X 9 inches and not even framed-one of things I just haven't gotten to-but I always have it near at hand to remind me of my responsibility to these innocent, beautiful, complex, challenging, and different children I have brought into the world. The photograph was not posed, and it absolutely didn't catch them at their "cheesecake" best, but it did capture the beautiful innocence in their eyes-the innocence that only a child can possess. I look at this picture often when child rearing becomes challenging because it reminds me that whatever difficulty they are experiencing, my job is to help guide them through it.

What better examples can we give our children than the opportunity to learn through the lives of others? In today's world, kids are constantly exposed to the "dark side," and, with all due respect to Darth Vader, I prefer to teach my children from the best in life.

The stories you are about to read were written by "living legends" and "eminent achievers." Each describes how he or she reached the height of success. Each has accomplished great things; each has overcome obstacles; and, most importantly, each has never given up. Superstardom is not easy to achieve in any field, but these people have done it.

As you'll see, these stories are inspirational because they illustrate each person's tenacity and dedication to excellence. At the same time, we learn that superstars are people just like you and me, and just like our children. I look up to each and every one of them. I have learned from all of them. I think you will, too.

THE ARTISTS

Spike Lee Filmmaker, Actor, Author, Teacher

As I spoke with Spike Lee, I immediately understood why he accomplished what he set out to do with his life. As a professor and artistic director at New York University's graduate film program, he begins his course "directing strategies" by explaining that he doesn't accept excuses when it comes to completing a project. Of all people, he should know what it takes. It is now part of show business lore that he maxed out every credit card in his possession and tapped every possible source of funds to produce his first film, She's Gotta Have It, which not only earned him the prestigious "New Generation Award" but set him at the forefront of the Black New Wave in American cinema. Today, Lee is one of Hollywood's most important and influential filmmakers with critically acclaimed films, such as Malcolm X, Clockers, and Do the Right Thing.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Brooklyn, New York; Mr. Lee returned to Atlanta to attend Morehouse College. After graduation, he continued his education at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in Manhattan, where he received his Master of Fine Arts Degree in film production.

Lee's reputation is not without controversy. His movies are sometimes criticized for not representing the most positive side of the black experience or of the relationships between blacks and whites. Nevertheless, he holds true to his vision and his art. He started off as a maverick, doing what he loves, and, no doubt, he will continue to bring his unique message and vision to his movies.

When it comes to his own life, his priorities are his family, his kids, and his art. Already focused as a child, he has certainly remained focused as an adult. He remains an out-of-the-box thinker and is a noteworthy example of a creative individual who circumvented the traditional route to success, followed his dreams, and worked hard to achieve his personal best.

Spike Lee A Strong Sense of Self

It's a parent's job to expose their kids to the world around them and what it offers, kids don't know what they can do unless they are exposed to it.

I owe all my success to my parents and grandparents, because they instilled in me a sense of confidence. Even - before I became a filmmaker, or wanted to become a filmmaker, they worked hard to provide me with a sense of self that has stayed with me in whatever I do or undertake.

We grew up in a very artistic family. My siblings and I were exposed to the arts at a very young age. We weren't discouraged from the arts because it wasn't a guaranteed future, and I never heard my parents say not to try something because there wasn't money in it or it wasn't a pursuit that they would have chosen for themselves or for us. If we enjoyed and pursued our interest, our parents and grandparents supported it.

Too often parents kill their kid's dreams. I'm not saying that parents do this on purpose; they want to protect their children. They don't want their children to go through the heartache and the hardships that they experienced. They want their children to be very productive and not worry about money, so they guide them into a profession where they are guaranteed to get a check every week. But that might not be what the kid wants to do, or is good at, or will be happy at.

It's a parent's job to expose their kids to the world around them and what it offers. Kids don't know what they can do unless they are exposed to it. They might have some extra-ordinary gift, but if they don't know what's out there and available to them, whatever that gift is, it unfortunately just languishes. That's why my family has played such a pivotal role in my accomplishment, and I appreciate the family that I had.

My turning point was in 1977. I was 20 years old, finishing my sophomore year at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Before coming home to New York City, my adviser told me I really had to think about declaring a major. I really had no idea what I want to go into or what classes I wanted to take when I got to college, so I took and exhausted all my electives first. Well, I was now done with my electives and I had to focus on my major.

When I got home to New York City, it was during the summer of 1977. That was a famous summer; New York City was in dire financial straits, there was no money and there were no jobs. That previous Christmas, I had gotten a "Super 8" camera, so I spent the whole vacation running around with that camera, during that illustrious summer. Now of course that was the summer of David Berkowitz, the Son of Sam, and of a massive blackout. It also was the first summer of Disco in New York City, the dance was the "Hustle," and in many neighborhoods, you had block parties with D.J.s hooking up their speakers and turntables to the street lamps. So, it was a very exciting summer.

I made a film about that summer, a Super 8 film, called, Last Hustle in Brooklyn, which was my first film ever. It's ironic that many years later, I was able to go back and revisit that amazing summer of 1977 in a film called, Summer of Sam. So after this personally groundbreaking summer for me artistically, when I went back to school that fall and had to declare a major, I knew that filmmaking was what I really wanted to do.

Although I know my success is a result of the self-confidence my parents gave me, I can't overlook some great teachers who saw my potential. One teacher I had, who at the time was ruthless on my grammar and punctuation, was an English teacher by the name of Dr. Delores Stevens. She saw that I had some talent and just "stayed on me," so I would stay with it. She would mark my papers in red ink and at times it "looked as if someone had slit their wrists" on them. But she wanted me to be my personal best and care about my work and English. I cared. I didn't like it at the time, but now I see that she did me a great service, by not just letting me slide and get by.

As a child, I was kind of quiet, close to my siblings, but we would fight, and I always loved sports. In sports I could be myself. I was very vocal when I was playing sports. I wasn't the best player, but always the one with the biggest mouth-the spunkiest you might say. What was great about sports was not only that I could be myself and was driven by my interest, but I was also able to use that drive, in different directions and areas of my life, and eventually direct it into my art.

To be an independent filmmaker you have to be relentless. I have taken the same attributes that make athletes not give up and keep going when the score is 100 to nothing, and have applied it do my profession. I won't quit. I think that's what you need to be when you are an independent filmmaker because things aren't set up for you to succeed. It's just rough. There were occasions when I did a couple of film projects that I had to abort-that blew up in my face-which had me seriously thinking about whether I should quit, but at the end of the day I said "I'm not a quitter" and I didn't quit.

My dream, for the future is to have my kids grow up healthy and strong with knowledge of self, great self-worth, and self-esteem because parents can't be with their kids 24/7. I feel sorry for kids today; they have to grow up much sooner, with a whole lot more stuff than what we had to grow up-sexual awareness, drugs. The things kids know and deal with today, I wasn't aware of until I was much older. Twelve year olds want to be eighteen year olds. I can't blame the kids. There is a lot pressure and they see what's out there in the media. So I feel it's my role as a parent to be tough and guide my children so that they have the knowledge and wisdom to make the right decisions.

I'm a disciplinarian as a dad. I am more of a disciplinarian than my father was. Whatever we wanted to do was cool with my father. He wanted his children to grow with total freedom -that's one philosophy, but that's not mine. My mother was forced into becoming the disciplinarian, because my father wouldn't do it. That wasn't fair to my mother, because kids grow up loving the parent who is more lenient. My mother wanted me to succeed; she was always on me. My mother really pushed. Her determination is with me and has stayed with me. You always hear about fathers and sons in relation to sports, but I am careful not to leave my daughter out. My son plays soccer and just recently my daughter decided that she wants to play too, which is great. I try to be equal, I had to learn to do that, my wife Tania has been great in reminding me.

My parents were interesting people; my father is a jazz musician and my mother, who passed away, taught art history and African American literature. I come from an artistic educational background. My father and grandfather went to Morehouse and my mother and grandmother went to Spellman, which historically are the two top black schools. They set a standard through their example.

My parents both taught and through them, I know how important it is to teach. I love teaching. I'm in the film industry now, and I can take what I am doing at that very moment to the class and pass it on to future filmmakers. They can learn from me as I learned from my parents and teachers. I'm tough on the kids. I don't let them become lazy. Things are not instantaneous; there has to be hard work, elbow grease, and a kid needs "get up and go" to be successful. So I'm always on them, just as those people who cared about me were always on me. I try to pass along to them a work ethic. You can't just preach to them, so daily I try to set an example. That's what was illustrated to me by my parents and teachers, and I try to pass it along.

While growing up, when I looked outside my family, my role models were athletes and, of course, also Dr. King and Malcolm X, who were strong black leaders, but I also admired Jackie Robinson and Joe Lewis. They not only changed the landscape of sports, but the landscape of America.

Source: Printed with the permission from Shelton J. "Spike" Lee, Writer, Director Producer.

Paul McCartney Musician, Composer, Performer, Writer, Producer

Rewind the clock to a time before the Beatles were considered classic-when they were considered cutting edge, when their hairstyles, dress, and attitude were considered radical. As with most of my generation, I am a Beatles fan, perhaps the ultimate Beatles fan. Although I had not yet entered my teens in the 1960s, the message that the Beatles communicated through their music was woven into the fabric of my life.

I asked Paul McCartney to participate in Kids Who Think Outside the Box because of his individuality, strength of conviction, and confidence in his art-his music and his message were revolutionary at the time.

Paul McCartney was born on June 18, 1942, in Liverpool, England. McCartney was the bass guitarist and vocalist for the Beatles and a partner in a legendary songwriting team with John Lennon. Together, they blazed a unique trail that still influences all music. It communicated the message of a changing time, without being deterred by those who resisted those changes.

When we asked Sir Paul for some words of advice to pass along to kids, he gave the advice he always gives-and has heeded in his own life-which is a famous quotation from Hamlet, "To thine own self be true." It sounds simple, almost too ordinary, but on reflection you can see that that's the way he has lived his life and made his music.

In the thirty years since the Beatles broke up, first with Wings and then as a solo artist, he has continued breaking down barriers and remains an influence on the sound of music around the globe.

Paul McCartney The Positive Power of Love

We were saying good, positive things. We were saying "all you need is love" or "there will be an answer, let it be."

One of the things that was cool about the Beatles, and something I'm very proud of, is what we said in the songs. We were saying good, positive things. We were saying "all you need is love" or "there will be an answer, let it be" or "it's a fool who plays it cool and makes his world a little colder." All of these messages were good messages; they weren't anthems of rebelliousness, we weren't saying, "C'mon kids, hate your parents"

The point is that we could have made those bad, hateful statements because the Beatles had power. But we didn't abuse that power, we tried to use what influence we had in our songs for the good; like speaking up for peace and love. We could have gone off in another direction and not have majored on the love thing; but that-the love thing-was important to us and it still is important.

I think if there is any sort of residue of love for the Beatles it's because we were very honest and because we spread that loving, genuine vibe. I still think that's right; that's really still all you need-love-that is all there is. If you look at some families these days, there seem to be a lot of problems because there isn't enough of that, that love. Kids are like baby animals; they imitate their parents; that's how they learn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2006

    Poignant, Enlightening and Encouraging

    My fifteen year old child just gave me this as a gift. She read it and found it motivating and wonderful. It almost provided her with a sense of validation for individuality and sense of self. The book is wonderful but the editing could have been better. What I loved about it this book is that it revolves around finding the best in your child. It's not the usual parenting book which usually spotlights the plight of the parent. Buy it ... it's a meaningful read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2006

    cookie cutter should be the title

    While browsing the bookstore, I picked up this book. I am an Oz fan, but there is nothing in that brief promotional bio that is news. In fact, there is no authorship in this book. It is merely a reference book that will be quickly outdated. This is an ebook and trees should not be destroyed in its printing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2005

    Kids Who Think Outside the Box: Helping Your Unique Child Thrive in a Cookie-Cutter World

    As a Christian Mom, I loved this book. It is one filled with parenting insights through acceptance and hard work. It is unique and I loved it. It talked about accepting a child for who they are. That's what a Christian does...respects the Lord's Children. The mainstream left may not have embraced this book...but I know why ...it has values and standards. Buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2005

    Kids Who Think Outside the Box: Helping Your Unique Child Thrive in a Cookie-Cutter World

    This book is exceptional! It's not the usual canned and contrived parenting book by 'so-called' experts. This book addresses a dilemma that is very real in todays world of raising children...trying to make your child something that he or she is not. I have a ten year old and eight year old and my experiences with parents are somewhat disappointing...most parents are raising their kids as a parent-child team. Scheduled playdates have replaced 'playing'. It's as if these parents are setting up 'mini-business meetings' for their kids. These parents aren't discovering their kids and letting their kids discover themselves...they are reliving who they wanted to be as kids. The outcome is...putting every kid into soccer and ballet(which is great if it works) and discouraging the amazing and what is considered 'nerdy' qualities. These are the qualities that count...these are the qualities that change the world. That's the point of the book. For every parent that reads everything with the word 'guilt' placed in the title, this book may not be for you. 'Kids Who Think Outside The Box' is motivating and refreshing. It lays out the dilemma of the 'out of the box' kid. It contains self-written stories from not the usual cast of 'mainstream' suspects. It has a story written by Vint Cerf...internet creator and a poignant story from Mike Mullane, astronaut. There is also a wonderful story by Philippe Rousselot, Academy Award Winning Cinematographer who shares his experience of being a Jewish Boy growing up in Post World War II France. There is Adam Reiss, who is considered the Edwin Hubble of our times. Of course there are the famous people like Paul McCartney and Spike Lee, but it's the other participants that make this book a stellar accomplishment. Buy it...it's wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2005

    Kids Who Think Outside the Box: Helping Your Unique Child Thrive in a Cookie-Cutter World

    I loved this book. I bought it while I was buying Harry Potter, it was at the register. What an inspiring surprise. Paul McCartney, Vint Cerf(creator of internet), Rachael Scdoris(legally blind Iditarod Contender), and 30 other living legends tell their story on how they started out differently as kids and then their take on becoming who they were today. Buy it..it will stick with you. I lvoed it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2005

    Kids Who Think Outside the Box: Helping Your Unique Child Thrive in a Cookie-Cutter World

    Why hasn't this book been promoted in the media. I loved it. I was one of those 'kids who thought outside the box', while growing up. For a girl it wasn't easy. While everyone was working on being popular I was thinking of science, frogs, and environmental biology. This book contains stories of 'Living Legends'. Paul McCartney, Vint Cerf...co-founder of the internet(can you imagine that accomplishment), Spike Lee, Athletes, Famous Scientists, Academy Award Winners, all wrote their own stories for this book. They weren't interviewed...they wrote their own story. This book is poignant, refreshing, enlightening and uplifting. Why wasn't this book featured on the morning shows, etc. I have a feeling it's because it's different and doesn't contain the same old...same old. If you are a parent who has one of these unique and special kids who think outside the box...buy this book. It not only will be inspirational and a book that you can read with your child...it will stay with you for days and the messages will stay in your mind. Adults will learn from this book. Buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2005

    Kids Who Think Outside the Box: Helping Your Unique Child Thrive in a Cookie-Cutter World

    The constant review and conversation of this book is exciting and appropriate. Parents...Read this book...write about it...reread it...review it. It's a book that gets you thinking. As a mom of two...I loved it. I bought it when it first came out in February and it's exciting that there is still a constant series of reviews and conversation about it. It's interesting, I have a daughter and I feel it was so applicable to her. I guess that's the point of the book...you learn from all. Having read the series of girl books...Queen Bees and Wannabees, etc. which I thought was interesting and absoulutely had merit...I found a book with accomplished individuals who have changed the world. That's what I want my daughter to learn from...that's how we want her to learn 'today'. The book is inspiring, parents read it...and review it..it's proves the point...Thinking Outside The Box always tends to promote conversation and reaction..But the reaction is exciting for the book. Buy it...The reviews will fuel the discussion. The discussion will inspire success.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2005

    Kids Who Think Outside the Box: Helping Your Unique Child Thrive in a Cookie-Cutter World

    This book says it with a message. Let your kids be their personal best, not yours. This book hit home for me, because I was one of these kind of kids. I wish someone said to me, it's okay to be who you are. This book gives you that energy to be confident in who you are through the stories of Spike Lee, Paul McCartney, Famous Scientists, Olympians, Athletes, Adventurers and more. It's worth buying and reading. I really got energy from it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2005

    Against the current

    I had great hopes for this book, as I have a grand-nephew who is very 'outside the box.' What I found was: * A Foreword by a PhD in early childhood education, who is a VP of content for HIT Entertainment (think Barney and others of that ilk) * An 11-page introduction that summarizes the content of the book, along with some family anecdotes from the author * Part 1, titled 'Nurturing Your Unique Child'. Part 1 consists of a single 8-page chapter titled, 'Do All Kids Have Out-of-the-Box Potential? You Bet They Do!' The essence of this brief chapter is that the author's three children are all different, she is a different parent to each, not every school is right for every child, and colleges/universities will someday be looking for your child's special characteristics. You don't need a book to tell you this! * Part 2, 'Living Legends and Eminent Achievers: Their Stories.' A 130-page section that contains short intros by the author and passages by the putative 'living legends,' divided into The Artists (5 male, 2 female), The Leaders (13 male, 0 female), The Scientists (6 male, 0 female), and The Athletes (3 male, 2 female). Most of these brief pieces say very little about the person's childhood. They tend to be trite, 'cookie-cutter' essays featuring a lot of 'have a goal and follow your star' verbage. And if you have a daughter and think she shows potential for leadership or science, you and she won't find any role models here. * Part 3, about 100 pages titled 'The Source Book: Exceptional Programs, Adventures, and Voyages for Your Child: Ages Youth to College.' There is no indication that the author is personally familiar with these programs. The descriptions sound as if they were taken directly from program brochures. The contact information will be useful so long as it remains current. I'm sorry I bought the book, I'm glad it was deeply discounted, and instead of handing it on to my niece as I had planned, I'll see if I can get something for it at a used book store. Save your money and use it to do something special with your child.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2005

    Kids Who Think Outside the Box: Helping Your Unique Child Thrive in a Cookie-Cutter World

    You may think that you have read inspirational 'life books' by all types of experts and authors. 'Kids Who Think Outside the Box' is different...it's exceptional. The author states the way life should be...in a 'normal' and 'solid' world. We should embrace our kids and their 'unique selves'. This does not mean that we should indulge our kids. What it means is that the characteristics that are important to society such as independence and innovation are traits that should be encouraged in our kids. This book gently tells us that we are more concerned that our kids 'fit in'. Well this wonderful author...has gotten..real living legends..to write in their own words...their stories on how they reached their 'pesonal best'. I loved it. As an adult I learned from the book. Paul McCartney, Spike Lee, Mayor Bloomberg, Nobel prize recipients, Vint Cerf internet co-founder, Olympians...and the best of the best in the world have contributed to this book. It's simply written...but the point is fresh, unique and important. Buy It! It's worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2005

    Kids Who Think Outside the Box: Helping Your Unique Child Thrive in a Cookie-Cutter World

    Paul McCartney, Spike Lee, Mike Bloomberg, Famous Scientists, Academy Award Winners, Noble Prize Recipients, Sports Legends and others, have written their stories on how they reached their personal pinnacle of success. The book talks about kids who started out differently, shy...scientific, etc. They may not be the most mainstream or popular kid, but they are the kids who think different and the kids who end up the ultimate success stories. The author talks about the fact that childhood is more difficult for these kids and shouldn't be. The book is enlightening, inspiring and wonderful. It's a must must must buy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2005

    Great Book for Parents and Non-Parents Alike

    A fresh new book that celebrates children¿s creativity and originality. I really enjoyed the diversity of superachievers profiled and learning about their childhoods and tips on mentoring unique and innovative children. However, you don¿t need to have your own children to relate to this book. Anyone who has ever been teased as a child for ¿thinking out of the box¿ can sympathize with the experiences discussed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2005

    Kids Who Think Outside the Box: Helping Your Unique Child Thrive in a Cookie-Cutter World

    This book happens to be a genuinely encouraging book. As a mother and a grandmother, I can tell you from experience that the 'kid who thinks outside the box' ends up the ultimate success. Take it from me, I had my hands full with a wonderful child who was not easy, but as with the living legends in the book...my kid went on to become an exceptional success story. It's an easy read, and one that is meaningful to parents, teachers and kids. I wonder how the educational community will feel about this book. It's a basic book written by a mother who actually focusses on her child. It's not about her guilt about going to work and other books that the stores push. It's about a mother working to find the best journey for her child. Parents, Moms and Dad and Grandparents buy this book, I loved it. It's definately hard to find a copy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2005

    I am Ms. Lerner's Brother

    I am Ms. Lerner's brother, and am very disappointed that books like this were not around when i was growing up. I continue to think outside the box. As an adult that is called creativity and leads to success. But as a child, thinking outside the box can be a mixed bag. Some children , as well as teachers frown upon unique thought and behavior. For the child searching to find his own way this can be devastating. If you want to have well-adjusted successful children that grow into well-adjusted successful adults you have to get this book, read it, highlight it, read it to your children when they feel down or when the going gets tough. This is an inspirational book, a bible for the 21st century.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2005

    Kids Who Think Outside the Box: Helping Your Unique Child Thrive in a Cookie-Cutter World

    My child is a beautiful, bright, boy enraptured with dinosaurs and fossils.. After reading this book and reading the story written by Mark Norell of the Museum of Natural History, I'm going to embrace my child's differences. My other favorite stories are written by Mike Mullane, Astronaut, Philippe Rousellot, Academy Award Winning Cinematographer and Spike Lee. These people think outside the box and so does my son. Thanks for this wonderful book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2005

    celebrate your child

    For every parent with a chld who marches to his or her own drumbeat. This book will make you delight in their differences. The resource guide was very informative.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2005

    Interesting topic

    This book offers a unique look into the minds of a variety of people in the world today. As a parent, we are always looking for tools to help us guide our children towards becoming successful adults. Despite the fact that this subject matter has been covered in other publications, this book stands out for its fresh approach and message.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2005

    Kids Who Think Outside the Box: Helping Your Unique Child Thrive in a Cookie-Cutter World

    Finally a book that doesn't focus on problems, problems, problems. I leaned from the lives of these superachievers who started off as either being shy or scientific or literary or talented in some exceptional way. I learned that embracing a child's differences will lead to them becoming their best.

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