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Smart Talk: What Kids Say About Growing Up Gifted
     

Smart Talk: What Kids Say About Growing Up Gifted

by Robert A. Schultz, Jim Delisle, Tyler Page (Illustrator)
 

When you really want to know what it's like to grow up gifted, ask gifted kids. Based on a survey of thousands of young people around the world, this candid, refreshing book helps gifted kids know they're not alone and they're definitely not "weird." Quotes from real kids ages 6-12 and brief biographies provide insight into challenges gifted children

Overview


When you really want to know what it's like to grow up gifted, ask gifted kids. Based on a survey of thousands of young people around the world, this candid, refreshing book helps gifted kids know they're not alone and they're definitely not "weird." Quotes from real kids ages 6-12 and brief biographies provide insight into challenges gifted children face, like trying to fit in, dealing with adults' expectations, making mistakes, and being bored in school. Activities help readers relate the information and issues to their own lives. A must for any gifted child—and for any grown-up who wants to know the good stuff and bad stuff, cool parts and different parts of growing up gifted today.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“A straightforward ‘tell it like it is’ book gathering testimony from gifted children... gives the straight word on the ups and downs of being gifted, and solid advice on how to deal with expectations, cope with boredom, find personal passions, and look ahead to the future. Smart Talk reaches out to young readers with the reassurance that being gifted may make a person feel different from others of the same age, that doesn't mean he or she is all alone. Enthusiastically recommended for gifted children and their families.” —Midwest Book Review

Children's Literature - Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
Schultz and Delisle have been involved with education for gifted and talented children for a number of years. As they explain in the introduction, information for this book was compiled from responses to a survey posted on www.giftedkidspeak.com. The survey asked kids "what they like and what they don't like about being gifted." Each chapter consists of a series of questions, with a number of answers from kids identified by gender, age, and home state or country. Throughout the book, there are also a number of "Reflection/Connections," in which the authors pose further questions for the readers, presumably gifted kids between the ages of six and twelve. Finally, there are one or two sections in each chapter labeled, "A Kid Like You," in which the authors describe a child who has been identified as gifted. The questions/answers are quick and easy to read, and the "Reflection/Connections" and short vignettes about individual children break up the text, making the pages visually appealing and reader friendly. At times, the questions seem somewhat repetitive, with a number of them addressing the same issue. In spite of the redundancy, this would be a great resource for children who are identified as gifted. Not only do they get to see how other children feel about issues surrounding giftedness, they also get to read about a number of resources for gifted children and web sites they can use to learn more about the gifted world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575422053
Publisher:
Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
09/15/2006
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
6 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Robert A. Schultz, Ph.D., is a professor in Gifted Education and Curriculum Studies at the University of Toledo in Ohio. A writer, speaker, and consultant, he manages the Gifted Kids Speak Web site.

James R. Delisle, Ph.D., has taught gifted children and those who work on their behalf for more than 30 years. He retired from Kent State University in 2008 after 25 years of service as a professor of special education. Throughout his career, James also worked as a part-time teacher of gifted middle school children.

The author of more than 250 articles and 14 books, James' work has been translated into multiple languages, and has appeared in professional journals as well as The New York Times and on The Oprah Winfrey Show. A frequent presenter on gifted children’s intellectual and emotional growth, Jim has addressed audiences in 48 states and numerous nations.
 

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