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there is some technical jargon but the story line is quite nice and interesting. if you want to learn teaching strategies I'd check it out
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i loved the book. I can't believe it. Torey Hayden has yet amazed and shock me all at once again. i enjoyed this book. A down to earth teacher. with feelings she allow to flow out no matter what's going on. we need that. Since I'm not in school it's good that I can have books like this around.
A key aspect of Torey's books is that the key child has come from a bad background, whether it's Jadie's horrendous abuse or Sheila's poverty, it's part of what makes them who they are and a reason for them being in a special needs setting.
Venus is no different, it's clear from the start that her family are disfunctional. What develops is a heartbreaking but joyous tale of the relationships between Torey, her aide and the children in the class.
At first I was unsure about the narrator, I really wasn't sure whether I would take to her voice, but after a while I stopped hearing her as the story drew her in. That makes it sound like there was something wrong with the narrator, and there isn't, she just has an accent that was unfamiliar to me, but hey, I'm British!
This story made me feel better, because it demonstrated a group that even super-teacher Torey struggles to control, normally her control of these learners just depresses me, because the rest of us mere mortals haven't got Torey's magical powers with 'interesting' kids.
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Love these books by Torey Hayden, but the narration was awful, seemed robotic in places
As a teacher myself this look back into educational practices long gone fascinated me. Very detailed in its descriptions, Beautiful Child kept me intrigued with its dairy style run through of a more than challenge classroom with extraordinary students. This intense detailing did become cumbersome at times.
Vocal performance was also often laggy in places and sentence phrasing was placed oddly.