The Kindness of Children

The Kindness of Children

by Vivian Gussin Paley, Vivian Gussin Paley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674503589

ISBN-13: 9780674503588

Pub. Date: 04/28/1999

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Visiting a London nursery school, Vivian Paley observes the schoolchildren's reception of another visitor, a handicapped boy named Teddy who is strapped into a wheelchair, wearing a helmet, and barely able to speak. A predicament arises, and the children's response - simple and immediate - offers Paley the purest evidence of kindness she has ever seen. Paley's journey…  See more details below

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Visiting a London nursery school, Vivian Paley observes the schoolchildren's reception of another visitor, a handicapped boy named Teddy who is strapped into a wheelchair, wearing a helmet, and barely able to speak. A predicament arises, and the children's response - simple and immediate - offers Paley the purest evidence of kindness she has ever seen. Paley's journey takes us into the different worlds of urban London, Chicago, Oakland, and New York City, and to a closeknit small town in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Her own story connects those of children from nursery school to high school, and circles back to her elderly mother, whose experiences as a frightened immigrant girl, helped through a strange school and a new language by another child, reappear in the story of a young Mexican American girl. Thus the book quietly brings together the moral life of the very young and the very old. With her characteristic unpretentious charm, Paley lets her listeners and storytellers take us down unexpected paths, where the meeting of story and real life makes us wonder: Are children wiser about the nature of kindness than we think they are?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674503588
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.63(d)

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