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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: ZonderKidz Biography
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; Kids ed edition (December 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310719038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310719038
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The movie, “Gifted Hands,” airs on TNT on February 7, 2009, and portrays the amazing, true story of Dr. Ben Carson. In this special movie tie-in print edition, kids will read how an angry inner-city boy grew up to become one of the world’s greatest neurosurgeons, and they will learn how anything is possible with faith and determination. Many had given up on Ben, including himself, but his mother never did. She encouraged him to do better and reach higher for his dreams. There are photographs of Ben and his family throughout the text with an 8-page color section of movie and behind-the-scene images. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Gregg Lewis is an award-winning author and coauthor of more than fifty books, including Gifted Hands, The Ben Carson Story, Take the Risk and The Big Picture.



Deborah Shaw Lewis has authored or coauthored more than a dozen books, including Gifted Hands, The Ben Carson Story, has taught school, does professional storytelling, speaks on motherhood and family issues, and holds a master's degree in early childhood development. She and Gregg are the parents of five children.

 


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Dr. Ben Carsons story is truly inspirational.
S Cassell
Even though it was written for children, I very much enjoyed reading it.
Christine M. Irvin
My Daughter is nine years old and she read this book and loved it.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Christine M. Irvin on February 14, 2011
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You don't have to come from a privileged background to be a success in life. Ben Carson is living proof of that. Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, written by Greg and Deborah Shaw Lewis, is the story of this brilliant and renowned pediatric neurosurgeon who works at John Hopkins Hospital.

Ben was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1951. When he was eight years old, his parents divorced, leaving his mother to care for Ben and his younger brother, Curtis, by herself. Their mother had to work several jobs to make enough money to provide for her small family. Times were tough and the family had to move around several times in order for them to survive.

This meant Ben and his brother had to change schools several times in their young lives. After a move to Boston, Ben and his brother went to a small, private school in Detroit, where they both did well and were ahead of most of their classmates. But, after the family moved back to Detroit, the boys discovered their previous education had been inadequate and they were behind most of the other students in their classes. This led to teasing and tormenting from them, and Ben was called the "class dummy." He almost let that defeat him.

But, he developed an interest in science, and was fascinated by rocks. He read everything he could get his hands on about the subject. When his science teacher brought in a rock, a piece of obsidian, Ben was the only student in the class who could identify it. Ben, and his teachers, discovered that Ben had a special aptitude for learning, especially when he read about something. He used his love of reading, and his special talent for learning by reading, to eventually excel in his studies, not only in grade school and high school, but also in college.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mom on September 5, 2010
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This book is one that I highly recommend for an upper elementary student or higher. Dr. Carson was the only African American child in his fifth grade, and the "dumbest." His mother, who worked as a domestic, noticed that books were very prominent in the homes where she worked, rather than television. She began requiring Ben and his older brother to read two books each week from the public library and writing book reports to her. She also limited television to only certain programs each week, for a small time limit. Ben was also required by her to finally memorize the multipliction tables. His scores in math improved, and in all his school subjects. He graduated third in his class, went to Yale, and eventually became the head of Johns Hopkins Pediatric Surgery.
His mother's faith in God and his own personal faith are highlighted in his story.
Dr. Carson has written several books and is highlighted in the movie, "Gifted Hands."
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By C. Johnston on February 7, 2009
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I enjoyed reading this book. I'd already read the other biography of Carson by Lewis, and so his story was not new to me. His story is both fascinating and inspiring. I'm a reading specialist in a pubic elementary school, and I am always looking for true stories that are both appropriate and inspiring for my students to read. This is a great book that provides the story of a positive role model for kids. I would recommend it for readers of any age, but especially children.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By joan pigg on December 1, 2009
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My Mom said this was great! I saw the dvd and it, too, was great!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa M. Morris on November 20, 2012
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Fantastic story. My third grader wrote a book report and had to pretend she was Ben Carson. Her class enjoyed the report and had lots of questions about the accomplishments of Dr. Carson.

This book is appropriate for kids ages 7 and up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Hearn on February 7, 2009
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This is such a great book for kids. We need more real heroes for them to look up to and to give them inspiration. Its good to have honorable people who can be role models for young readers. This book is well written and a true inspiration.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Antione Barnett on August 8, 2010
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I got this book to inspire to 10 nephew to reach his goals. He's not an avid reader but thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By 61crouse on February 7, 2009
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I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't put it down and, even when I finished it, I went back to look again at the great pictures and the parts that were so inspiring to me. What an inspiring life and this account of it is so readable and enjoyable! How many other Ben Carsons are out there who won't have a mother like his to teach them discipline and prod them toward greatness. This should be required reading for kids in Junior High -- what a change we'd see in test scores and ambition. Kids need to know that with hard work and discipline they can achieve their goals. Great work, Lewises, you brought this man's story to life!!
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