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The Spark

The Spark

Author: Kristine Barnett
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0679645241
Pages: 288
Year: 2013-04-09
Kristine Barnett’s son Jacob has an IQ higher than Einstein’s, a photographic memory, and he taught himself calculus in two weeks. At nine he started working on an original theory in astrophysics that experts believe may someday put him in line for a Nobel Prize, and at age twelve he became a paid researcher in quantum physics. But the story of Kristine’s journey with Jake is all the more remarkable because his extraordinary mind was almost lost to autism. At age two, when Jake was diagnosed, Kristine was told he might never be able to tie his own shoes. The Spark is a remarkable memoir of mother and son. Surrounded by “experts” at home and in special ed who tried to focus on Jake’s most basic skills and curtail his distracting interests—moving shadows on the wall, stars, plaid patterns on sofa fabric—Jake made no progress, withdrew more and more into his own world, and eventually stopped talking completely. Kristine knew in her heart that she had to make a change. Against the advice of her husband, Michael, and the developmental specialists, Kristine followed her instincts, pulled Jake out of special ed, and began preparing him for mainstream kindergarten on her own. Relying on the insights she developed at the daycare center she runs out of the garage in her home, Kristine resolved to follow Jacob’s “spark”—his passionate interests. Why concentrate on what he couldn’t do? Why not focus on what he could? This basic philosophy, along with her belief in the power of ordinary childhood experiences (softball, picnics, s’mores around the campfire) and the importance of play, helped Kristine overcome huge odds. The Barnetts were not wealthy people, and in addition to financial hardship, Kristine herself faced serious health issues. But through hard work and determination on behalf of Jake and his two younger brothers, as well as an undying faith in their community, friends, and family, Kristine and Michael prevailed. The results were beyond anything anyone could have imagined. Dramatic, inspiring, and transformative, The Spark is about the power of love and courage in the face of overwhelming obstacles, and the dazzling possibilities that can occur when we learn how to tap the true potential that lies within every child, and in all of us. Praise for The Spark “[An] amazing memoir . . . compulsive reading.”—The Washington Post “The Spark is about the transformative power of unconditional love. If you have a child who’s ‘different’—and who doesn’t?—you won’t be able to put it down.”—Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind “Love, illness, faith, tragedy and triumph—it’s all here. . . . Jake Barnett’s story contains wisdom for every parent.”—Newsday “This eloquent memoir about an extraordinary boy and a resilient and remarkable mother will be of interest to every parent and/or educator hoping to nurture a child’s authentic ‘spark.’”—Publishers Weekly “Compelling . . . Jake is unusual, but so is his superhuman mom.”—Booklist “The Spark describes in glowing terms the profound intensity with which a mother can love her child.”—Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon and Far from the Tree “Every parent and teacher should read this fabulous book!”—Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures and co-author of The Autistic Brain From the Hardcover edition.
Clifford's Funny Adventures

Clifford's Funny Adventures

Author: Norman Bridwell
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 0439934389
Pages: 48
Year: 2007
Presents two works about Clifford, the big red dog, as he grows from a puppy into a huge house-sized dog and how his size proves to be a problem when he tries to help, until one day a young girl tries to walk along the railing of a bridge.
Clifford's Day with Dad

Clifford's Day with Dad

Author: Norman Bridwell
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 0545322979
Pages: 32
Year: 2012-12-01
Read all about Clifford's BIG ideas! Classic Clifford reissued! It only takes a little to BE BIG! When Clifford visits his dad in the country, they spend a fun day fetching, digging and playing together! The BE BIG campaign invites everyone, big and small, to take action and raise awareness for how CLIFFORD'S BIG IDEAS can make the world a better place.
The Performance of Healing

The Performance of Healing

Author: Carol Laderman, Marina Roseman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134953704
Pages: 336
Year: 2016-05-06
Medical systems need to be understood from within, as experienced by healers, patients, and others whose minds and hearts have both become involved in this important human undertaking. Exploring how the performance of healing transforms illness to health, initiate to ritual specialist, the authors show that performance does not merely refer to, but actually does something in the world. These essays on the performance of healing in societies ranging from rainforest horticulturalists to dwellers in the American megalopolis will touch readers' senses as well as their intellects.
A Tiny Family

A Tiny Family

Author: Norman Bridwell
Publisher: SCHOLASTIC
ISBN: 0439040191
Pages: 30
Year: 1999
Grandpa's umbrella is missing and the tiny girl must find it.
Clifford the Big Red Dog

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Author: Teddy Slater Margulies, Norman Bridwell, Steve Haefele
Publisher: Cartwheel Books
ISBN: 0439213592
Pages: 32
Year: 2001
Emily Elizabeth can't find anything special enough for show-and-tell, until Clifford gives her an idea, in an addition to the new Big Red Reader easy-to-read series. Original.
Peanut King

Peanut King

Author: Zee Avery
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1524651524
Pages: 858
Year: 2016-11-22
Ascending into power, supernatural occurrences transforms this man into the new super evil villain known as the Peanut King. This scary villain displays powers and unique abilities that other villains do not have, allowing this villain to inflict havoc, mayhem, and death on anyone that has unfortunate encounters with him. He can attack you at anytime of the year, day or night.
Laughter Out of Place

Laughter Out of Place

Author: Donna M. Goldstein
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520276043
Pages: 349
Year: 2013-09-29
Drawing on the author's experience in Brazil, this text provides a portrait of everyday life among the women of the favelas - a portrait that challenges much of what we think we know about the 'culture of poverty'. It helps us understand the nature of joking and laughter in the shantytown.
The Fiction of Ian McEwan

The Fiction of Ian McEwan

Author: Peter Childs
Publisher:
ISBN: 0230211275
Pages:
Year: 2005-09-19

No Time For Romance

No Time For Romance

Author: Lucilla Andrews
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1446488160
Pages: 304
Year: 2011-06-17
Lucilla Andrews was only eighteen when, as a volunteer nurse at the beginning of the second world war, she experienced the grim realities of wartime . Young, inexperienced and coming from a comfortable and sheltered background, she found herself dealing with survivors from Dunkirk and the victims of the blitz. Seeing these horrors at first hand had a profound and lasting effect upon her, and made her determined to train as a Nurse at St Thomas's Hospital. No Time For Romance is her story, the powerful and moving account of a young girl in wartime London, learning the hard way about medicine, injuries and death, as well as love and hope. It is a story both of personal courage and of the courage of the British people at war.
Black Feminist Anthropology

Black Feminist Anthropology

Author: Irma McClaurin
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 0813529263
Pages: 277
Year: 2001
In the discipline's early days, anthropologists by definition were assumed to be white and male. Women and black scholars were relegated to the field's periphery. From this marginal place, white feminist anthropologists have successfully carved out an acknowledged intellectual space, identified as feminist anthropology. Unfortunately, the works of black and non-western feminist anthropologists are rarely cited, and they have yet to be respected as significant shapers of the direction and transformation of feminist anthropology. In this volume, Irma McClaurin has collected-for the first time-essays that explore the role and contributions of black feminist anthropologists. She has asked her contributors to disclose how their experiences as black women have influenced their anthropological practice in Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States, and how anthropology has influenced their development as black feminists. Every chapter is a unique journey that enables the reader to see how scholars are made. The writers present material from their own fieldwork to demonstrate how these experiences were shaped by their identities. Finally, each essay suggests how the author's field experiences have influenced the theoretical and methodological choices she has made throughout her career. Not since Diane Wolf's Feminist Dilemmas in the Field or Hortense Powdermaker's Stranger and Friend have we had such a breadth of women anthropologists discussing the critical (and personal) issues that emerge when doing ethnographic research.
International Companion Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

International Companion Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

Author: Peter Hunt
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134436831
Pages: 1416
Year: 2004-08-02
Children's literature continues to be one of the most rapidly expanding and exciting of interdisciplinary academic studies, of interest to anyone concerned with literature, education, internationalism, childhood or culture in general. The second edition of Peter Hunt's bestselling International Companion Encyclopedia of Children's Literature offers comprehensive coverage of the subject across the world, with substantial, accessible, articles by specialists and world-ranking experts. Almost everything is here, from advanced theory to the latest practice – from bibliographical research to working with books and children with special needs. This edition has been expanded and includes over fifty new articles. All of the other articles have been updated, substantially revised or rewritten, or have revised bibliographies. New topics include Postcolonialism, Comparative Studies, Ancient Texts, Contemporary Children's Rhymes and Folklore, Contemporary Comics, War, Horror, Series Fiction, Film, Creative Writing, and 'Crossover' literature. The international section has been expanded to reflect world events, and now includes separate articles on countries such as the Baltic states, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Iran, Korea, Mexico and Central America, Slovenia, and Taiwan.
DOIS AMIGOS E UM CHATO

DOIS AMIGOS E UM CHATO

Author: STANISLAW PONTE PRETA
Publisher:
ISBN: 8516084531
Pages: 152
Year:
Sérgio Porto, que usava o pseudônimo Stanislaw Ponte Preta, criou as mais engraçadas crônicas da Literatura Brasileira, forjando, até, muito da gíria que usamos ainda hoje. O livro reúne os mais demolidores, críticos e irreverentes textos produzidos por este humorista imortal.
Children of the 21st Century

Children of the 21st Century

Author: Dex, Shirley, Joshi, Heather
Publisher: Policy Press
ISBN: 1861346883
Pages: 281
Year: 2005-10-12
Documents the lives of young children and their families that were born in the United Kingdom at the start of the 21st century.
Moroccan dialogues

Moroccan dialogues

Author: Kevin Dwyer, Faqir Muhammad
Publisher: Waveland Pr Inc
ISBN: 0881332933
Pages: 297
Year: 1987-07-01
College-level ethnography focusing on Morocco. Dialogues provide interesting approach to the study of fieldwork.