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Heroes Don't Always Wear Capes Paperback – November 15, 2005
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"A witty, heartwarming, can’t-put-it-down plunge into the life of a character we can all relate to." --Aimee Walsh, "Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America"
"An authentic picture of a teacher’s life…" --Dr. Robert L. McCaffrey, Superintendent, Galt (CA) School District
"…so rich in humor that you can open it anywhere and smile…" --Tonja Kendrick, Marriage and Family Therapist
About the Author
Stefania Shaffer is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in Communications. After along, successful career in television advertising, she gave up her six-figure commission checks in order to give something back to her community. Ms. Shaffer earned her Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University and is now teaching English Language Arts to seventh-graders.
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The beginning of the book sets the stage for an amazing journey through Vandra's life growing up. She is now an adult and looking to adopt a child. The story is told as an answer to an interview question posed from the agency representative as to why she would be a good mother and what are some examples of the lessons she learned growing up from adults around her?
Vandra is a very believable character. Her home and school life similar to millions of children around the world. I could relate to Vandra's struggles to understand and grasp math, a subject that to this day remains a foreign language to me. I remembered vividly teachers who had positive and negative impacts on my childhood as read the stories and lessons Vandra shared.
I haven't been a teacher in many years and I found myself wondering if I ever made an impact on a child comparable to the impacts Vandra's teachers made on her. My first group of students are now adults and many married with children of their own. I find myself wondering how and what they are doing from time to time. As a former teacher I can say there were students who made impacts on my life and taught me lessons I will never forget.
One thing that surpasses the life lessons, and humor that is cleverly placed throughout the book, is the inspiration that I received from it. I used to be a big reader, I was one of the few second-graders who could sit and read for hours without complaint, but by the time I was in sixth grade, I no longer read for the joy of reading, but only when I had to do a book report. This book made me re-realize the joys of reading, and watching a marvelous story unfold before your eyes. This book inspired me to read again, and I'll be eternally greatful for that.