The Children are Tender

The Children are Tender

by Linda A. Born

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Welcome to the town of Karola, Kansas, where the air is clean, the sky vast and blue, and the people have a strong tradition of extending the Golden Rule to all. First year teacher Lydia Birn faces heartwarming and heart-stopping adventures at Karola School as Tommy disappears on the class field trip, Brian’s pet snake escapes in the classroom, and Brenna refuses to depart from her imaginary world long enough to learn to read. With husband Farmer John at her side, Lydia relies on her faith in God and the support of her colleagues and self-appointed mentors, Abby and Ruth.

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BN ID: 2940016249070
Publisher: Ambassador International
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Linda Born worked for twenty-two years as a first grade teacher and implemented a special program for children with reading challenges. She is a farm wife and is the primary caregiver for her mother, who has dementia. Her inspirational book My Mom Has Alzheimer’s was published by Bridge-Logos Foundation in 2009. Linda lives in a yellow farmhouse in Kansas with her husband, John.

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The Children are Tender 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
merrylu More than 1 year ago
Linda Born captures the charm and quirkiness of small-town Kansas perfectly in her first fiction book. If you have ever spent time around 1st graders, you will recognize their delightful innocence and their creative inquisitiveness as Linda weaves the story of Lydia Birn's 1st year of teaching in a rural Kansas school. There is a lot of laughter spread throughout, as well as a few small patches of tears. You will not be disappointed.
Filledwithlaughter More than 1 year ago
I greatly enjoyed The Children Are Tender from the laugh out loud scene described in the first chapter to the touching and sometimes heartrending moments depicted as the book progresses. In an entertaining and touching manner, the author portrays striking truths about children and, more generally, about human nature. I highly recommend this book. Anyone with a heart for children or those just wanting an enjoyable read will love The Children Are Tender.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not a compilation of anecdotes of the author's years of teaching, but is a joy-filled read that highlights God's heart for vulnerable kids. The following quote is from the book's introduction: "There is a point at which a painting, sculpture, or story takes on a life of its own so that the artist becomes more a recorder of something that already exists rather than a creator of something new. As I wrote about Karola, I very much felt my job was merely to record as accurately as I could the terrain and characters that unfolded before me. It is a portrait of a place that has not yet existed but offers hope for a future in which such determined efforts to focus on unity among God’s people may be the norm."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, first chapter awesome. A little insight about what it is like to be a teacher, and a student. 
sesmith47 More than 1 year ago
In this book you can feel the love and concern that Linda has for children. She gives us insight on how easily hurt they are and how we as adults can make their world better. Story after story of the dear children she dealt with and how she learned from them as well as helped them makes this book hard to put down. It will bring back many memories of children and their antics and ways of looking at the world. Some stories will make you laugh and some will bring a tear. It makes you want to go hug a child. This is a must read book.
bdsmith42 More than 1 year ago
This book will make you smile when you don't feel like smiling. I loved it.
millstreetreader More than 1 year ago
The Children Are Tender is the fictionalized story of a first year teacher in the 1970s.  Author Linda A. Born freely admits Lydia and her students are a compilation of her own teaching days.  Sometimes it is just easier to create a work of fiction. compressing years of experiences and people into one shorter timeframe, than try to strictly adhere to an accurate timeline and cast.   My mother and my aunt were both teachers, starting out in one room schools, and then later teaching in small town school districts.  Myself, I recently retired after working 25 years in education, so I've had many, many teacher friends over the years.  It was a frequent thought among some of those teachers that they had enough "stories' to write a good book someday.  Linda Born must have felt the same way. Perhaps the most profound statement in the book is the character Ruth's observation, Emotional injury changes the direction of growth in the same way pressure placed on a slender tree trunk will cause it to grow crooked.  Yes, children heal, but heal misshapen.  There is a terrible need for children to be protected so they can grow straight." Anyone who has spent time in an elementary school (as an adult) will be familiar with this book's ebb and flow:  field trips, holiday programs, struggling students, late nights correcting papers, financial woes, testing dilemmas, and the small victories that come wrapped in sticky hugs and toothless smiles.  I admire Linda Born for actually writing the book that so many of us just twirl around in our minds without ever picking up a pen.  In the end, I wish she has written a memoir of her career.  Within that framework, I would have been more than willing to hear her views on testing, special education, and current trends in education.  To me, when she tried to weave these concerns into her story, some parts seemed to not fit the educational world of the 1970s, at least not as I experienced it.  In the end, I enjoyed the little anecdotes about the children and her farm, but felt the book lacked action and depth    that good fiction needs. I thank the publishers and author for an opportunity to read this title .I received a copy of this book from Ambassador Intl for review purposes.  All opinions are mine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! I laughed out loud at the pet snake escaping into the classroom, then was so touched when images of a parent with Alzheimer's emerge. It is especially touching to see that a faith in our Lord can get a person through anything, even the way that most teachers are overworked and underpaid. I highly recommend this uplifting book to anyone.
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