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Children With Emerald Eyes Hardcover – September 1, 1977


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Doubleday (September 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385270275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385270274
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,015,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mira Rothenberg's insightful and unique ability to turn the suffering psyche into a landscape which must be entered and explored was fundamental to the understanding of mental illness I brought to A Beautiful Mind. She is also one hell of a mother."
—Akiva Goldsman, Rothenberg's son, and Academy Award winner, Best Adapted Screenplay, for A Beautiful Mind

"Vivid and profoundly moving...I found myself looking at the ordinary children I know with renewed respect and wonder...The line of separation, this book teaches us, is very thin indeed."
—Henry Mayer, The New York Times Book Review --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Mira Rothenberg is a licensed clinical psychologist with over forty years of experience working with a range of disturbances in children. She was a founder and clinical director of Blueberry Treatment Centers, Inc., the first internationally recognized therapeutic agency for treatment of autistic and schizophrenic children. Rothenberg continues to write and lecture for a worldwide audience. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she sees patients in private practice. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Mira Rothenberg spoke to the very depths of my soul.
Louise M. Walton
The stories are amazing, not all have a happy ending - but each gives an insight into the minds of the misunderstood, tortured souls Mira worked with.
Peter Gresham
I am a psychotherapist who works with children so this book had particular interest for me.
Sylvia L. Rubin

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Amara VINE VOICE on June 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
My feelings about this powerful book are quite mixed. On one hand, you have to have tremendous admiration for Mira, the author. She obviously cares extremely deeply for the children profiled here. She dedicates herself to them, working with them day and night and in some cases even taking them into her home. The world of special needs children needs people like her.

On the other hand, I was quite upset by this book. This mainly was probably a case of changing times, as this book was written about the 50s and 60s, when thoughts were quite different about autistic children. But it's still a popular book, and I fear people reading it might be influenced by it. Mira overtly or not in most every case blames the parents somehow for the extreme problems of their children. At the end of the book it is even revealed that this damage to the kids might somehow be done by telepathy! She also seems to have a theory that autism has much to do with a fear of death, and most of the behaviors we see are attempts by the children to ward off death. She twists their actions to fit this.

It would be impossible in today's world, with the explosion of autism, for children to get the intense treatment profiled here by anyone but their parents. However, after reading this, it makes you feel like for children such as this, getting away from their parents is the best thing---Mira seems to encourage children to see HER as the parent. As someone quite familiar with the world of autism, books like this leave me feeling very upset. If you are simply interested in a dramatic presentation of highly disturbed children, you will find that here. However, if you are the parent of an autistic child, you might want to think twice before reading this highly outdated book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter Gresham on May 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
Mira Rothenberg writes in an easy style, this is not a book full of clinical analysis. What does come through is the wonder of a life filled with caring and love of her patients - that care being as much of an influence on her techniques as her clinical training.

The stories are amazing, not all have a happy ending - but each gives an insight into the minds of the misunderstood, tortured souls Mira worked with. Such was her understanding, even the teenage ex-gangster mole's incarcerated in the children's prison, are shown to be truly innocent young girls, fighting to stay alive in an unforgiving and brutal world.

I first read this book when I was 15yrs old, it remains one of my most treasured possessions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
I share the concerns and doubts that another reviewer on the US boards have raised. While I admire Mira Rothenberg (who would later be credited for inspiring Thomas McKean, an author who has autism and who wrote "Soon Will Come the Light") for her dedication to her young clients, I, too found this book highly upsetting.

For example, one young client, "Anthony" has an insensitive teacher who makes homophobic comments about him. In a total about face, that same teacher complains that Anthony ogles the girls in his class. Mira Rothenberg does not appear to challenge the sheer illogic in these two contradictory arguments. She also goes out of her way to taunt and blame Anthony during their sessions. I didn't like that at all.

There were a number of things about this book that bothered me, such as when Mira Rothenberg expressed mysogenistic feelings and tried to avoid working with the girls. She even used strong expressions to describe how unattractive she thought one girl was. I also didn't like the chapter about "Peter," a young boy whose behavior was described as severely autistic.

While I salute Mira Rothenberg for her utmost dedication to the children at the facility called Blueberry, I was horrified by the attitudes toward people with autism in the 1950s and 1960s. Fallacies abound; during those Dark Ages, it was commonly believed that autism was an emotional disorder as opposed to being a neurobiological condition. Even when I first read the book, I found myself tensing up at the parent blaming. As another reviewer on the U.S. boards aptly noted, Mira Rothenberg even taxes telepathy for the problems that the children at Blueberry have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia L. Rubin on December 31, 2012
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I am a psychotherapist who works with children so this book had particular interest for me. With that said, Mira writes about her unconventional, absolutely brilliantly creative approach to working with "disturbed" children in ways that will deeply touch anyone reading her book. She could care less about diagnostic labels and her work with each child is geared strictly to that child - and these are children that most practitioners and doctors considered untreatable. Mira is an extremely genuine, direct and honest person who treated these children with respect. An amazing book.
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