Safe Place

Safe Place

by Tehila Peterseil
     
 

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The poignant story of a young girl with learning problems, including ADD and dyslexia. She finds daily life an emotional and psychological struggle. Until one day, a very special teacher enters her life...  See more details below

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The poignant story of a young girl with learning problems, including ADD and dyslexia. She finds daily life an emotional and psychological struggle. Until one day, a very special teacher enters her life...

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Children's Literature - Candace Fowler
Bright but learning disabled, Kinneret is frustrated by her inability to understand what is expected of her at school and embarrassed by her failures in front of her teachers and classmates. Her well-meaning parents don't always know the best way to help, and Kinneret dreads going to school. At first her assignment to the school resource room for special help seems like another humiliation-drawing attention to the difference between her and her classmates. But her caring and determined resource teacher, Miriam Klein, eventually gains Kinneret's trust and helps the other teachers to recognize Kinneret's special needs. Most of the story is told from Kinneret's point of view, and the insight into how it feels to be learning disabled is poignant and affecting. Based on her own teaching experiences, Peterseil's book will remind both young people and adults to think twice before judging a "slow" student.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-A touching story about an Israeli girl who has a learning disability. Readers are introduced to Kinneret Pfeiffer when she is nine years old. Her parents are well intentioned, but are also disappointed with her academic performance. For Kinneret, school means fear, frustration, humiliation, and anger. She has trouble understanding language and can't concentrate. Some of her teachers have become impatient; they accuse her of laziness and irresponsibility. In her anguish, Kinneret fantasizes about a big white bird that carries her away when the stress become unbearable. Nightmares interrupt her sleep. In fifth grade, she is assigned to the resource room for extra help, where the newly appointed special-education teacher values Kinneret and helps her to gain self-esteem. Slowly, the girl does better. Some of her teachers are persuaded to try new ways of helping her learn, and eventually she finds the safe place she has been seeking, but readers are made aware that a long, perhaps difficult road lies ahead. Characterization is realistic and strong. The teachers are depicted as a varied group with their own stresses. The author has an excellent grasp of verbal and physical interactions among fourth and fifth grade girls. This title may be of interest to those who are older than the heroine because of the subject matter.-Libby K. White, Schenectady County Public Library, NY

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ISBN-13:
9780943706726
Publisher:
Simcha Media Group
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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