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The Biggest and Brightest Light: A True Story of the Heart Hardcover – March 10, 2004
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About the Author
Amanda Perlyn, the illustrator, is the author's daughter. This book is her story.
Marilyn Perlyn and her family are recipients of a national award from the Points of Light Foundation and the R. David Thomas Child Advocate of the Year Award. Her children have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Dr. Joy Brown Show. The illustrations of Amanda Perlyn vividly portray her recollections of herself and her teacher in first grade.
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So many times kids think that they are too little to be important. "The Biggest and Brightest Light: A True Story of the Heart" deals with this same topic. Amanda is afraid that since the new teacher has doctor in her name, she will give her a shot. Dr. Malko is a doctor of education but she does deal with a medical crisis. Amanda is just 6-years-old, but she makes an impact on her teacher, Dr. Malko, that will last both of them a lifetime.
Amanda sees a need in her teacher's life and does something to help her. Dr. Malko's daughter Elena is very sick. Amanda comes up with an idea of how she can raise money to help Elena and her family with all of the medical expenses. It's heartwarming to see the love this girl has for her teacher. Amanda is excited to get to meet the young Elena. Amanda has a big heart and it shows even more when she goes to work making cookies for the nurses in Elena's hospital. She enters a contest and wonders if she could win. Dr. Malko is very encouraging for Amanda.
Some teachers make a big impact on their students! This story shows that students can make a difference in the lives of the teachers as well. I have been encouraged and showed love by a couple of teachers in my life and I wish I could be like young Amanda who brightens her teacher's days. I am a few years older than the young heroine in this story, but I loved the story. The pictures by Amanda Perlyn bring the story to life. It's a feel-good story even though there are some sad parts in it. The fact that this is a true story makes me enjoy it all the more.
Note from Brianne's mother: "The Biggest and Brightest Light" brings out the light in a little girl's heart and caring for her teacher. Brianne loved the story and said that she wishes she could somehow bring more smiles to her favorite teachers. She already is expressing interest in being a teacher because she would like to encourage youngsters to be all that they can be.
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Dr. Malko, Amanda's first grade teacher, told the children of her daughter's illness. Amanda was concerned when she learned of the hospital expenses. She thoughtfully considered how she might help. An idea came to her. She made and sold holiday ornaments to help provide for this need.
Dr. Malko expressed her appreciation this way: "...You know, Amada, when children do such special deeds, they are like angels...Thank you my little angel." This gave Amanda the best feeling that she had ever had.
As the stars shimmered in the nighttime sky Amanda glowed with pride knowing that no matter how old you are, you are old enough to make a difference in someone's life.
This wonderful story will tug at your heart as you share it with your child. Children ages four through eight will be delighted by the eye-catching color illustrations created by Amanda Perlyn.
"The Biggest and Brightest Light" is inspirational and full of seed thoughts, of kindness, and thoughtfulness, to sow and nurture in your child's mind.