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The Little Dyslexic Angel (Volume 1) Paperback – March 12, 2013
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About the Author
Robert W. Cabell has spent three decades working in the New York entertainment industry with giants like Time Warner, HBO, Spelling International, Columbia Pictures, and the NY Post. He has written a book on humor with the legendary Joey Adams, and is the author of numerous musicals and plays that have been produced in New York and across the country, and have been translated for production in multiple languages. The NY Cast Albums of his musicals are available from the i-Tunes store. 2012 marks the publication debut of his Mermaid Kingdom series with Gazebo Books Publishing, featuring the novel All the Mermaids in the Sea, part one of The Mermaid King of Krakatau trilogy, and also the publication of his play, The Divine Trilogy of Sarah Bernhardt.
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-Very engaging storyline
-Emphasis on how coping with a learning disability builds character--"Serenity [name of another angel] helped her learn that patience is important when facing new challenges. Courage taught her that even if you fail once, you must be brave and not give up. Wisdom helped her realize there is more than one way to look at something." This lesson is not "preachy," it is integrated into the storyline
-The book ends with the serenity prayer: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." This is a powerful statement that has helped many people improve the quality of their lives.
-The female angels are drawn a bit like Barbie dolls, in terms of their body type; a male angel is shown shirtless with chiseld abs
-The angel's struggle to read her own name is not a specific problem dyslexic kids can relate to (no other problems mentioned)
-The angel's experience of seeing reversals and letters moving are not typical symptoms of dyslexia
-The book offers a vague definition of dyslexia: being smart and having more trouble learning than others
-Aside from being persistent and courageous and having faith, the book doesn't refer to coping or learning strategies for dyslexia
If your family practices Christianity, I would recommend this book but supplemented by other books that offer better definitions of dyslexia, more coping strategies, and learning strategies.
Here are superb books for children and teens with learning disabilities. For children who are not being read to, it’s important that parents read the book also and start an ongoing conversation.
Disability awareness and acceptance are common traits of successful students and adults with LD.
Along with therapists and SPED teachers, parents play a critical role in helping children understand and cope with their disabilities. Be sure to recommend these resources to your friends and your child’s teachers.
It’s Called Dyslexia, Jennifer Moore-Mallinos
Knees: The Mixed Up World of a Boy with Dyslexia, Vanita Oelschlager
Here’s Hank series, Henry Winkler (author has dyslexia)
The Alphabet War: A Story About Dyslexia, Diane Robb
That’s Like Me: Stories About Amazing People with Learning Differences, Jill Lauren
Hank Zipzer series, Henry Winkler
Many Ways to Learn: A Kid’s Guide to LD (2nd edition), Judith Stern
Eli, The Boy Who Hated to Write (2nd edition), Regina and Eli Richards
My Name Is Brain Brian, Jeanne Betancourt (author has LD)
Succeeding with LD (2nd edition), Jill Lauren
Learning Disabilities and Life Stories, Pano Rodis
Understand Your Brain, Get More Done: The ADHD Executive Functions Workbook, Ari Tuckman (useful for anyone with attention, time management and organizational difficulties)
Reversals: A Personal Account of Victory Over Dyslexia, Eileen Simpson
The Human Side of Dyslexia (essays by college students), Shirley Kurnoff
Learning Outside the Lines (college prep), Jonathan Mooney and David Cole (authors have LD and AD/HD)
Books About Learning Difficulties
Leo the Late Bloomer, Robert Kraus
Katie’s Rose: A Tale of Two Late Bloomers, Karen Burnett
Jasmine Can (difficulty reading), Bena Hartman
Thank You, Mr. Falker (difficulty reading), Patricia Polacco (author has dyslexia)
There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom, Louis Sachar
Gifted Hands: The [Dr.] Ben Carson Story, Gregg Lewis and Deborah Shaw Lewis
These books promote “growth mindset”—the belief that intelligence increases with effort. Research has found that students with this view have higher achievement than those who believe that intelligence is a fixed quantity (determined at birth).
Making A Splash: A Growth Mindset Children’s Book, Carol E Reiley (kindle version available on amazon.com, hard copy available at gobrain.com)
Your Fantastic Elastic Brain, Dr. JoAnn Deak