Beautiful Child

Beautiful Child

by Torey Hayden

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Overview

From the bestselling author of One Child comes this amazing, true story of a mute and withdrawn seven—year—old girl and the special education teacher determined never to abandon a child in need.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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062271174
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/29/2013
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 131,186
File size: 909 KB

About the Author

Torey Hayden is an educational psychologist and a former special education teacher who since 1979 has chronicled her struggles in the classroom in a succession of bestselling books. She lives and writes in the U.K.

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“Torey Hayden gives one hope for the future of public schools, indeed for the future of the human race.”

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Beautiful Child 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Butterfly86 More than 1 year ago
As an educator, I love everything I have read about Torey Hayden and her experiences in the special education classroom. She portrays it as it is without reservations, including her feelings and what actually happens. Most education books are dry and do not explain real life scenarios. Torey Hayden tells her personal stories, showing that life in the classroom is not cut and dry and you have to deal with many unexpected consequences of working with such a special population. This story shows how she was finally able to reach a little girl who never said a word, and how Torey was able to unravel the entire story and find the underlying cause. I suggest reading all of her books over and over again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Life is full of struggles that one must overcome. In Torey Hayden¿s autobiography Beautiful Child, not only does the reader see the struggles of being a Special Education teacher, but also gets a look into the strong bond that a teacher and student develop. Through her unique style of writing Hayden creates a story that keeps the reader both wanting to keep going and cheering her on as she struggles to help her students. Throughout the book, Hayden manages a classroom in which no day goes without there being a fight. Hayden¿s class is composed of six-year-old twins with fetal alcohol syndrome, a nine-year-old with Tourette¿s syndrome, another nine-year-old who has behavior problems that have caused him to come face to face with expulsion twice and then Venus who has become almost permanently silenced by her abusing stepfather. Through Venus, Hayden opens people¿s eyes, especially mine, to the sad reality that some children actually do go through when they go home. Venus¿s silence gives Hayden a new challenge: getting her to open up. It is through Venus that the bond and the will of a teacher to help her student are truly visible. It is through all her students though, that Hayden reveals 'to people like me who don¿t know anything about special education classes' how chaotic and hard it can be to run a class in which students do not choose to misbehave but can¿t control themselves. Hayden¿s descriptions of her classes give even some of my noisiest classes a sense of calmness. Hayden has a very special style of writing that not only keeps the reader interested but also lets her feelings soak through the pages. Hayden also gives the reader a reality check and shows how in some cases school is a better place for children especially those who have parents that are just waiting to abuse them mentally or physically.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! This novel was the best I have read in a VERY long time. It's so heartbreaking at some points, then charming and happy the next. . . an emmotional roller coaster, for sure! I hated and loved this book all at once. I usually never come close to tears with books, the last I did so was in third grade with 'Where the Red Fern Grows', but with this novel, at the end (not to give anything away) I nearly broke into tears! A great novel indeed, I would think that it must be one of Torey Hayden's best! Nothing can compare to the greatness or memorability of 'Beautiful Child'. READ IT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well written and interesting. The author spends most of the book discussing the episodes she had with Venus and her classmates. You find yourself becoming invested in the welfare of this poor child. I had a problem with the ending of the book. Once it is discovered what has caused Venus' condition, you are given a minimal amount of information as to what happens to her. There is little information as to Venus' future welfare. I found it frustrating and a let-down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the book is very good and hard to put down and my mom loves Torey L. Hayden work and her books are well worth buying all of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book that tells what some of the effects of abuse are on young children. Torey Hayden's books are awesome. I couln't put this book down. The other books by her are equally engaging, and I think a lot of people would love them. I mean, I do and I am only 13. (A Child Called It and the rest of that trilogy by David Pelzer are also very good)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great - very real book. It was hard to put down - I couldn't wait to see how things turned out. This is the first book I have read by this author, and I will definitely read more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a Mom as well as a social worker and teacher. This book was easy to read and brought to mind children I have worked with. Great job Torey!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Because she had gone for so long without publishing a new book, I had almost given up that Torey Hayden would be writing another book. BEAUTIFUL CHILD was worth waiting for. Full of little wisdoms and consolations, it follows the course of a school year & the tribulations of a gifted teacher. The title character of BEAUTIFUL CHILD is a little girl who refuses to talk & the surprising way she finally speaks is redeeming and uplifting . Hayden has a special gift for the dialogue of young children so that there is not a false note in the story. The reader is drawn into the classroom because he cares about the participants. I just wish there were more Torey Haydens, both as teachers and as writers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Torey Hayden again tells the story of one of her special education classrooms. Again she is able to nearly hypnotize the reader, rendering them unable to put down the book. Again she knows how to use the perfect mixture of humor and pain to create a story told from truth. The only difference between this book and her others is the fact that there has been a large time gap between the writing of them. Torey has changed is some way concerning the way she writes, which makes the whole reading experience a little more exciting and special. Read this book - you won't regret doing so.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Torey Hayden pulls you in to her classroom with her!
MollyK_2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book had me riveted the entire time. Makes me wonder what situations I will encounter as a teacher.
Heather19 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. I teared up each time Venus made progress, and each time the boys bonded and grew. Venus is definitely unique, she really stood out to me, maybe more so then any others I've read about. But I have to comment on this Julie woman. I've got to admit I've never known anyone like her, and I'm glad. It's just not normal.... not right! She has this very strong belief that the kids always be praised, shown love, etc.... Which is great, but inappropriate at times. When someone breaks something or hits someone, they need to be shown that it's not okay and there are consequences. Saying stuff like "it's alright, I'm sure you didn't mean it" doesn't help those children at all. How is that supposed to teach them right and wrong?? Anyways. These types of books, especially the fact they are true stories, make me so aware of how.... restricted.... people are when suspecting child abuse. I mean, it was painfully obvious, from fairly early on, that something was not right. And when Torey first visited Venus's house, it became even more obvious. But without concrete proof, there was nothing she could do, and beyond that, even when the proof was there and the police were involved, she couldn't really talk to Venus at all because it might "influence" what she said. I can't even imagine how horrible that must feel, to *know* that something is going on and not being able to do anything.
the1butterfly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Venus is completely non-reactive, and we can't begin to tell what is wrong with her because she won't even indicate that she can speak and hear. It is only after Hayden is extremely persistant that she begins to slowly open up to become a normal, giggling girl at the end. Meanwhile, Hayden is dealing with a crazy class (although I imagine that Billy is one of those troublemakers that are crazy to deal with, but you remember also because you really like them and want to help them) and an assistant who, well, doesn't really assist. She has a falling-out with the assistant that makes her examine her philosophy. This is definitely an interesting read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book. I found it very hard to put the book down. I really enjoyed all the details of her experiences and the emotions. It was described so well. I will definately be reading more of her books.