Beautiful Child

Beautiful Child

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The author describes her efforts to connect with and help special-needs child Venus, a seven-year-old girl who refused to speak.


From the bestselling author of One Child comes this amazing, true story of a mute and withdrawn seven—year—old girl and the special education teacher determined never to abandon a child in need.

Seven-year-old Venus Fox never spoke, never listened, never even acknowledged the presence of another human being in the room with her. Yet an accidental playground “bump” would release a rage frightening to behold. The school year that followed would be one of the most trying, perplexing, and ultimately rewarding of Torey Hayden’s career, as she struggled to reach a silent child in obvious pain. It would be a strenuous journey beset by seemingly insurmountable obstacles and darkened by truly terrible revelations—yet encouraged by sometimes small, sometimes dazzling breakthroughs—as a dedicated teacher remained committed to helping a “hopeless” girl, and patiently and lovingly leading her toward the light of a new day.

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The author of One Child follows the story of special-needs child Venus, a seven-year-old girl who refused to speak, describing her teacher's efforts to connect with and help her.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2002
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780380813391
Branch Call Number: 371.9092 HAYDE HAYDE


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Jun 05, 2017

Yet another Torey Hayden book!
The first book of hers that I have read ruined my life. I am a completely different person, with completely different goals in life. And this book was no different.
I want everyone in my life to read at least one Torey Hayden book in their lifetime. The way she views children in incredible, and I can't get enough. I hope to be half the person she is someday!
The only thing I didn't like about this book was that she used the word "indeed" WAYYYY too often. It was borderline annoying.
But, I got over that because the book was just so amazing.

Nov 18, 2015

I was hooked the whole time. I think it gives people of any age a sense of what it is like to be "different" and to work with those folks. Good for fostering empathy for students and teachers.

Sep 25, 2014

Sept 23, 2014......Well it's been a long time since I have read a book by Torey Hayden, and I still find her fascinating. I'm not sure what it is about her books that hook me so. I think it is her sincerity. She is not afraid to lay out all her doubts and faults, and all the while dealing with these severely disturbed children. I mean wow. I would be a bowl of emotional jelly after spending a day in one of her classes. To go back day after day after day.....amazing. To all the Toreys out there.....I salute you! (and pray for you!)

penpencil22 Jun 24, 2011

One of my least favorite of Torey Hayden's books. It was long, slow, and frustrating! I've heard others who loved it though, so maybe I just felt frustrated by the "lack of positive results."

Oct 19, 2007

Fans of Torey Hayden's other tales of special ed classrooms and special students won't be disappointed in this book. Venus, mute and unresponsive is Torey's toughest child yet. She has to find a way to reach Venus while at the same time breaking up fist fights and dealing with a sometimes difficult aid. Heartbreaking, heartwarming and hilarious.


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