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First-person stories by 20 talented, successful people with LD promote confidence, awareness, resiliency, and self-esteem.
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First-person stories by 20 talented, successful people with LD promote confidence, awareness, resiliency, and self-esteem.
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VOYA - Patricia J. Morrow
The term LD has come to describe those learners who do not accommodate traditional methods of teaching and learning. Students who once were considered failures are now recognized to have as much potential as the typical student, if the proper learning style is found-which is likely to vary with each child. Many educational institutions have accepted the responsibility to work with students who learn differently and to employ capable teachers and advisors, but even students in the most supportive environments are still likely to think they are different and not destined for success. This book offers examples of people of all ages who worked with their learning differences to become confident and capable and to prove that their differences could be used advantageously. The introduction, by a noted professor of pediatrics, sets the tone for the book, aiming toward success for all kids with LD. Each chapter is a profile in the first person; each is brief and emotional. The subjects talk of sadness, frustration, support, and success. One profile is of ten-year-old Eileen, another of celebrated painter Pat Buckley Moses, and still another of fifty-four-year-old Samuel R. Delany, who is familiar to most science fiction buffs. Also included are the founder of Kinkos-possibly the most successful subject-doctors, lawyers, teen musicians, and entire families. Each profile includes at least one picture, a personal message of encouragement, and a "best/worst school memory." Sidebars ask the reader to think about the individual's experiences with respect to their own and consider how a given situation could be handled. These are upbeat, encouraging profiles of people who have had some very difficult learning problems to overcome, often on their own or with the help of one or two family members or educators. Nearly all of them stress knowing the importance of looking for your special talent, which may be a little disconcerting for readers who have not been able to identify any given talents. But the message clearly conveys that success depends on a personal initiative and lots of hard work. Lauren makes it clear that the individual with LD needs to be their own champion and must at all times keep clear knowledge of their own learning styles. The appendices include questions and answers about LD, "Ten ways to succeed with LD," resources, organizations, and Web sites. Resources are very current and diverse and include teens, families, stories, and some volumes devoted to more specific learning problems. The Web sites are attractive, easy to navigate, and current. These sites and their links will be useful to young people, their families, and teachers. The changing nature of web sites needs to be kept in mind-and that caveat is pointed out. The biggest problem with this book is that young people who have learning differences often do not read far beyond required work, so teachers, friends, family members, and librarians need to get this book out and read some of the profiles to them. Emphasis should be put on "Ten ways," a very useful set of survival skills with photocopying rights printed on it so kids can copy it and carry it around as a regular reminder that, although they may learn differently, they do learn. Young people with LD might see themselves and begin to gain new insight into their futures. Recommended for school and public libraries. Photos. Further Reading. Appendix. VOYA Codes: 4Q 2P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal
Gr 5 UpThis collection of 20 short profiles relates the struggles and accomplishments of people with learning disabilities. They talk about their specific difficulty and how it was diagnosed. They recount their best and worst memories of school, describe how they succeeded and failed, and acknowledge the assistance and support (or lack of) that they received. Questions generated by the narrative appear in the margins for readers to think about and to apply to their own situations. The participants come from a variety of ethnic and racial backgrounds and are equally divided by gender; they range in age from 10 to 62. Each easy-to-read story is three to five pages long and is accompanied by a blurry black-and-white photograph. The book ends with a section of questions and answers about LD; 10 tips to succeed; a bibliography for students that contains books, recordings, and video tapes; and lists of resources for adults and organizations to contact for further information. The stories, while repetitious, will nonetheless be inspirational and motivational to young people with LD.Martha Gordon, formerly at South Salem Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595721068
  • Publisher: Star Bright Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Pages: 152
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

    AMAZING book!!

    I have used this book in the classroom with students as well as private students with learning differences. For kids to read a peer's account of their struggles and how they overcame them is powerful beyond words. This is an easy read and GREAT for kids' self-confidence!!!!!!

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