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"harrowing biography... Philps tells Vanya's often shocking tale with sensitivity but while this story is ultimately a happy one, Philps reveals that there remain about 800,000 children in Russie still trapped in homes such as Baby House 10." SUNDAY TIMES 24.01.10 "deeply moving, frequently enraging and ultimately uplifting account of how a seriously disabled child blessed with an unquenchable spirit triumphs over adversity with the aid of good-hearted people... compelling, often haunting book..." DAILY MAIL -22.01.10 "miracle story... The book ends with a sober codicil; there are still five thousand children in Russia condemned to bed regimes." IRISH TIMES - 12.01.10 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This was a great and insightful biography of life for a disabled orphan living in Russia and the amazing story how his mother adopted him. Read morePublished 2 months ago by NCFLmom
Obviously this book did not give a very nice picture of how the Russians treat their children with disabilities. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Diane Cox
This was a very intriguing book, as well as a wonderful story of a boy's growth in a poor government home n Russia to a real American home.Published 4 months ago by Margaret Raub Hunt
Special book for anyone, but especially a great book for those hosting or adopting from Eastern Europe. Read morePublished 4 months ago by amazongirl
Very sad but inspiring story. It definitely opens your eyes and it motivated me to look more into the cause.Published 7 months ago by Serena Small
Institutionalized, disabled, neglected, and rejected and yet able to overcome all the pain and suffering. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
I could barely finish the book because the overly altruistic optimistic Pollyanna tone that was supposed to carry the it was beyond irksome. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Asha Azure
An incredible book. What it was like to be part of the orphanages in Russia. Sad, unbelievable that people could treat babies in such an uncaring manner.Published 10 months ago by Janet Blakley
How can I put this without sounding hardhearted? The description of Russian Orphanage is accurate but way too brief. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer