The Acorn People

The Acorn People

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by Ron Jones, Tom Parker
     
 

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This true story of a boy who must overcome prejudice and weakness to treat a group of special needs children with the respect—and love—they deserve “will give your innards a bear hug. . . . You will read this book with a lump in your throat.” (Lincoln Journal )
 
From Ron Jones, a teacher who started the

Overview

This true story of a boy who must overcome prejudice and weakness to treat a group of special needs children with the respect—and love—they deserve “will give your innards a bear hug. . . . You will read this book with a lump in your throat.” (Lincoln Journal )
 
From Ron Jones, a teacher who started the classroom program that inspired the movie The Wave, comes a memoir about a life-changing summer.
 
Ron expected that his time as a counselor at Camp Wiggin would be filled with sunny days spent hiking, swimming, and boating. But when he arrives on day one, his illusions are quickly shattered. He knew that the kids would be “handicapped,” but he didn’t anticipate having to care for children who can barely walk or see or retain the use of their limbs. At first, the severity of the campers’ disabilities seems too much to bear. But everything changes once Ron gets to know his group—kids who call themselves “the Acorn People” because of the acorn necklaces they wear around their necks. The campers teach him that, inside, they are the same as any average kid, and with encouragement, determination, and friendship, nothing is impossible.
 
“A fantastic and beautiful story.”—Seattle Times

“Uncomfortably moving, yet told in surprisingly unsentimental terms. . . . Succinct and tender, it will haunt the reader long after the brief passages have been read.”—Houston Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440227021
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
06/28/1996
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
155,923
Product dimensions:
4.13(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.24(d)
Lexile:
720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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The Acorn People 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Acorn People. Ron Jones. New York: Random House Children's Books. 1976. 80 pages. The Acorn People is mainly about the author's work and friendships at a camp designed for boy scouts, but is currently being used for children with disabilities. He encounters many challenges on his way to befriending the children under his and the other counselor Dominic's care. They quickly become friends. I like how this story tells about the children, and some may wonder what the disabled feel about themselves. This is a wonderful story for people with questions about the heart of the disabled. I believe the purpose of this story is to tell an interesting story from the author's past. This book is best for older children and up (about 10+). I find the adventures of the young men exciting. They encounter hurdles as they go along, that they pass easier than you might think. They enjoy their time at camp, and don't return to their state of needing pampered until reminded of the camp's soon closing. It is an interesting story and I believe the author did a good job of choosing a book that is appropriate for most ages. The story is written in a journal-type style, mostly day-by-day. It goes in chronological order. One line from this story may touch your heart: "Most will not live past their teen years. It is nature's way." I dislike the way this quote tells of broken friendships and families. Another quote is "If the Boy Scouts can climb that mountain, can we?" I find a sense of adventure in the boy who said this, nicknamed Benny B. I think this book achieves more than just its purpose. I usually don't like this genre, but this book is the exception. I think this book is great for most ages, but certain parts are inappropriate for young children. There are also words that most children would not know. This is a good book for almost any age. I highly recommend this novel to adolescents. It makes you appreciate your own life and think about what others have to go through. The author was entertaining and informative.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for an English project, but it truly touched me. I absolutely loved this book. It is very simple, but so deep and motivating. As a future teacher, I recommend this book to all teachers, counselors, and parents alike. Ron Jones shows us how important it is to be selfless in a world where there are so many striving to become someone everyday.
Guest More than 1 year ago
maybe some people need a book to tell them how to respect the handicap, but i sure don't. i found the book completly dull and lacking in the entertainment part. Someone out there who has no respect for handicap people should really read this book but if you already do respect them then don't waste your time reading the Acorn People.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Acorn People is a very touching book about a counselor named Ron, who works at Camp Wiggin. For one week during the summer, they have a summer camp for handicapped children. Ron is scheduled to work this week, but when he shows up he finds more than he expected. He and another counselor, Dominic, have a group of 5 boys, 3 in wheelchairs. The camp wasn't made for wheelchairs - it was a good ways to walk to get to the cabins, and there were no ramps. Ron and Dominic had to carry the boys to their cabins, to the bathroom, and everywhere they went. The first night everyone wet the bed and everyone was homesick. Throughout the week, though, all the boys became the best of friends and realized that just because they are in wheelchairs doesn't mean they can't do what other kids can do. Ron and Dominic realized this too. At first they had to help them a lot, but then the boys became more independent. This book has a very strong message - if you are determined to do what you want to, and other people encourage you to do it, you can do what you want. Nothing is impossible if you are determined to do it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a okay book but i would not recommend this book to adults. The ending is not that great either it was disappointing. The book kind of gives the message that, you should not make friends with handicaped kids because they live short lives. They kind of gave the message that you should live life good while your alive. The other message that they gave out was that handicapped kids have a very hard life. This book also shouldn't be read in high school because this book doesn't have a lot of action.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Looks around.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book can have some inappropiate things in it but for some ages it can be very good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It seems like a good short book with a good lesson to be taught. I hope it will be good?
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Guest More than 1 year ago
it was good but not on th edge of your seat good i mean it wasn't exciting to me
Guest More than 1 year ago
Omg, good this book is really interstiing, and really touched my heart and made me think about all these things that actually happen to people, i had to read 4 reading class in the 8th grade, now am 9th, and the title really didn't get 2 me at first, cuz am really scared of squirrls and didnt want to read about them either, but i figured out that the title has a another meaning, i really ADMRIE this book, and its really touches you heart, well at least it touched mines DEEPLY :'
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was the best book i verey read
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read lots of these reviews and you guys were right! This is an amazing book. It tells a good story and it is so good. One of the best books i have ever read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for school and it was heart touching and blah blah blah but it kinda wasn't that good personally. It was a little to like i can't stand this word but, corny. Cuz like, its a little to schoolish and like another book about what to be thankful about and stuff. So no, i really don't recamend this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
NOTE: JUST TO MAKE THIS CLEAR, YES, I DO HAVE A PHYSICAL DISABILITY MYSELF. Novel Overview This book had me intrigued from the start. I know you are not supposed to judge a book by it¿s cover, but I did. It had people in wheelchairs on it, and by some law, I was then obligated to read every word. Opening to the yellowed pages I was disgusted as I began to read words that described people with physical handicaps in the most disgusting, degrading way I could possibly imagine. The author decribed them as ¿lifeless bodies being placed akwardly in wheelchairs¿ and told of the blankets they wore over them ¿not to ward off the chill of the wind, but rather to hide their disfigurement.¿ I was appauled. I couldn¿t fathom why the author was describing these kids this way. This is a novel many young people are required to read in school, and this is how the author was portraying people with physical challenges? Despite my disgust, I continued to read. I am so grateful that I did, because this book touched me in a way I never thought a piece of literature could. It was a story of triumph, as people with bodies that did not do them much good learned to live, love, have fun and overcome. Over their summer at Camp Wiggin, a place not intended for the disabled, they forgot they were different, they engaged in activities they never thought they could, and made friendships seemingly impossible to make in society. I later realized the author described them this way not because of his own feelings towards people with disabilities, but how they used to be looked upon. This book shows that even the most differently abled can change the lives of everyone around them, and teach society something they might have never learned otherwise They are people too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Acorn People does teach its readers to respect people with disabilities. However, the most engaging aspect of the story is that it also reveals the transformation of a very selfish young man, Ron Jones. I find it amazing that Ron Jones was so inspired by his Acorn people that his entire life was transformed. He continues to work with the disabled to this day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i dislike this book ALOT book i had 2 read it and now i hav 2 do a report on it
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would like to tell you all that I am 34 years old, and I had to read this book in the 4th grade. So like 24 years ago. I have remembered this title. I went out and found it in hopes of my 11 year old daughter would like to read it. She hasn't yet. But I have it for when she is ready. there are very few books that have been required reading that I have remembered the title of. I have re read it and enjoyed it now too. I feel that if after 24 years, and you know the title of a book that you were made to read, it must have been a good book and touched you in a way that you will never forget it. please read with your child. i hope they enjoyed as much as me. A very good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
their are these special kids with a lot of determination and courage. i would highly reccomend this book to teachers(middle school) this book will really help teach your kids about respecting disabled kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
any one who dosent read this book is crazy!! this is by far the best book i have ever read hope you enjoy it as much as i did
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is one of my favroite books and it really touched my heart
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend The Acorn People because it teaches people to respect handicapped people, and treat them with as much respect as anyone else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this book was good. It showed that you should be thankful that you are healthy and don't have any problems. The book was excelent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a very good one! I think it is a great book for young readers! Also this is a very sad book at sometimes!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best books I have ever read. The reason I liked it was because the children were disabled and unhappy then their angel came in. He was so nice. He made them believe in themselves, and made them feel that being disabled didn't mean they couldn't enjoy themselves as normal people. I wasn't as happy as I thought I would be because all the children died. This made the ending sad. They went through a lot, and I wanted them to be as happy as their angel made them feel.