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Beautiful Child by Torey L. Hayden

Beautiful Child (2002)

by Torey L. Hayden

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Review: Beautiful Child by Torey Hayden. An emotional but wonderful true story for us all to read.

Torey is a trained specialty teacher who cares and provides many different skills to her beautiful gifted students. This year her class consisted of five all day unstable young children and other children who came off and on throughout the day. All her students are equally cared for but sometimes she has a student that needs more understanding and care then another. Without taking time away from the others she spends a lot of her free time with this one seven year old child named Venus.

The small child never spoke, listened, or even acknowledged the presence of another human being around her. However, if she was outside in the school yard and someone accidentally bumped into her, Venus would release a frightening rage for others to witness. She would display piercing screeches, and ravaging aggressive kicks, bites to who she thinks is going to harm her. For Torey this was a trying, perplexing and ultimately serious case but she struggled and was propelled to find some understanding to this young girl’s life. She knew it would be a strenuous journey and probably terrible revelations to learn about this unmanageable girl. Torey remained committed to helping a hopeless child, and patiently and lovingly leading Venus toward the light of a new day and brightening the days of her other students.

Torey is an extraordinary teacher determined never to abandon a child in need…..
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
The true story is about a teacher and her efforts to reach a child. I loved it. ( )
  JerseyGirl21 | Jan 24, 2016 |
An interesting description of working with children with a wide range of developmental problems. ( )
  JudithProctor | Jul 9, 2015 |
My third Torey Hayden book. Another great read. Planning to get my hands on her other books cause it seems all her books are good. They are intriguing reads.Read it in one afternoon. Could not stop. ( )
  Marlene-NL | Apr 12, 2013 |
This book had me riveted the entire time. Makes me wonder what situations I will encounter as a teacher. ( )
  MollyK_2 | Jan 24, 2012 |
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In the tradition of David Pelzer's A Child Called 'It' comes the unsettling story of a mute, almost catatonic seven–year–old and the special education teacher who tries to save her from the silence and abuse of her world.

Hayden has chronicled experiences from her long career as a special education teacher in several books, including One Child and The Tiger's Child. Successes in this difficult and often frustrating field can be few and hard won, a fact which Hayden deftly illustrates while simultaneously offering hope and joy in small victories. This time she brings to life the story of a scruffy seven–year–old, Venus, who is so unresponsive that Hayden searches for signs of deafness, brain damage or mental retardation. The author is relentless in her attempt to diagnose the cause of Venus's 'almost catatonic' state, which is punctuated by occasional violent outbursts. In this first–person narrative, Hayden also shares her own thoughts, worries and reflections on the strained relationship with a mismatched classroom aide, creating a rich tapestry of the dynamics of a group of special needs youngsters and the adults who try to help them.

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The author of the bestselling "One Child" introduces readers to a seven-year-old girl who refuses to speak. Hayden, a special education teacher, chronicles her efforts to connect with this wounded girl, and tells of the other troubled children in her class with their own unique problems.… (more)

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