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ISBN : 9788863803
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Number of Pages : 244 Pages
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One Child Reviews

  • Maria Espadinha
    2018-11-30 20:05

    Os Futuros PsicopatasForam nados e criados no desamor!Maltratados, Torturados, Abusados, Violentados...Desconhecem a ternura e a alegria de viver mas são amigos íntimos do ódio e dos seus parentes chegados - a raiva, a violência e a tortura!São pequenos monstros e futuros psicopatas! Só conhecem e induzem infelicidade!...São um lixo social rejeitado por todos. Mas há quem se dedique a reciclá-los!E esta é a tocante história que nos conta como um desses seres indesejáveis foi gradualmente recuperado...O antídoto é sempre o amor e a compreensão administrados com paciência e sabedoria!Uma leitura chocante que nos confronta com as vítimas geradas na podridão social, informando-nos um pouco mais sobre o mundo em que vivemos!!

  • Farah
    2018-11-21 15:01

    Bacalah buku ini disaat kamu gundah. Saat pacarmu membatalkan janji kencan disaat-saat terakhir, saat ibumu di rumah sedang gencar-gencarnya marah-marah, saat pekerjaan kamu di kantor terasa begitu menekan, saat kamu merasa dunia tak lagi bersahabat dengan kamu. Baca buku ini, dan kamu akan tahu.Tahu rasanya bersyukur kamu tidak mengalami kehidupan seperti Sheila, atau anak-anak lainnya di kelas Torey.Tahu rasanya bersyukur bahwa apa yang kamu hadapi kali ini adalah permasalahan hidup yang sepele. Bukan seperti menangani pribadi-pribadi rumit yang harus ditangani Torey setiap hari.Tahu bahwa sebuah buku bisa membalikkan seluruh perasaan gundahmu dan membuatmu menjadi seseorang yang bersyukur dengan hidupmu yang menurutmu lagi semrawut, jelas ini bukan buku yang biasa-biasa saja.Bacalah buku ini, dan kamu akan mensyukuri hidupmu.Sheila akan selalu mengingatkanmu bahwa kamu memiliki kehidupan yang tidak pernah ia dapatkan.Dan dia akan mengingatkan kamu, berapa banyak kerugian yang akan kamu dapatkan jika kamu menyia-nyiakan hidupmu ini.Kehidupan yang kalau bisa, lebih baik diberikan saja padanya. Tidak, bukan diberikan. Dikaruniakan. Karena bagi Sheila, setiap hari adalah berjuang.Berjuang untuk memahami bagaimana bentuk kasih sayang yang sesungguhnya.Berjuang untuk menerima bahwa, iya, itu menyakitkan, mengetahui bahwa ibunya membuangnya sejak kecil. Dan trauma itu tidak pernah bisa hilang.Ia mengendap, mengubah wujud menjadi sesuatu yang lain. Kenangan yang meracuni pikiran.Bacalah buku ini, kemudian lihatlah sekelilingmu. Ada banyak Sheila-sheila lain yang mungkin menangis dalam diam.Jika kamu bisa menjadi Torey bagi mereka, lakukanlah sesuatu.Bukankah itu yang Torey inginkan saat dia membagi kisah mengenai Sheila?

  • Rosie
    2018-11-30 18:05

    "A dignidade envolve-a como um manto. De súbito éramos iguais. Deixou de existir uma mulher e uma criança. Eu já não era a mais inteligente, a mais esperta, a mais forte. Éramos iguais na nossa humanidade."É com esta humildade, com esta simplicidade e verdade que Torey se mostra. Despida de preconceitos, sem certezas absolutas e irrefutáveis mas antes na condição de aprendizagem contínua, de dúvidas, de erros e de avanços. É cativante esta transparência na narração. Este é o segundo livro que leio da autora e fiquei convencida: quero tê-los todos. Esta matéria apaixona-me. A sua autenticidade provoca, claro, um aperto no coração e soluços travados. A indignação é tamanha e tão forte, que apetece agir. Fica uma necessidade premente de ir para o terreno e fazer algo, de nos envolvermos, de não desperdiçar tanto tempo e dinheiro quando há quem tanto precise. Senti uma lacuna em não ter sido revelado um aspecto importante sobre determinado acontecimento, mas creio que a própria Torey não teve o tempo necessário ao seu dispor para o obter. Considerou mais importante e urgente outro tipo de trabalho (e havia tanto a fazer...) protelando esse facto para mais tarde. Entretanto tomei conhecimento que existe um segundo livro sobre esta menina. Em suma, fiquei fã incondicional!

  • Msjess
    2018-12-09 16:52

    I remember reading this story as a child and being engrossed in it. It's reminiscent of "A child called It" because of its extreme depiction of a child in severe abuse and neglect.Reading again as an adult and as an educator who works with at risk children I was horrified. The story is a memoir written by a special ed teacher. She clearly wants to be praised and lauded for her amazing breakthrough with Sheila but all I could think was that Sheila needed to be put into foster care. She was clearly being abused and neglected, there many warning signs such as the lack of hygiene, her rages, hell the visit to her home. I was baffled as to why Sheila did not seem to be getting any sort of psychological evaluation for hurting the little boy. Even Torey said she didn't want to ask.Worst was when Sheila was sexually assaulted and much is made of how brave Sheila was and how she was so strong...but there was no mention of her getting therapy or being removed from her family's home. At the end it's considered a triumph that she cried because she was remembering her trauma. It wasn't a triumph. It was a sign that she was hurting was going to have a lot of pain to work through.I have not read the equal but apparently in it Torey tracks Sheila down because her book has been a success and readers were clamoring for a sequel, not because she actually wanted to see how Sheila was doing. And worse she seemed upset that Sheila was mad at her instead of grateful. I don't blame Sheila at all for being mad at Torey for failing to do the right thing as a mandatory reporter and as a human being.

  • John McIlveen
    2018-11-30 19:59

    Sheila came into Torey Hayden’s class for “special children” at the age of 6 after having tied a 3-year-old child to a tree and critically burned him. ONE CHILD is Torey Hayden’s story of her attempt to tap the unbelievable capacity of this tortured child. Parts of this book – the savage sexual molestation – will enrage you. Parts of this book – Sheila’s quiet description of her anger and fears and doubts – will make you cry. And parts of this book – Sheila’s gradual realization of her own potential – may make you cheer. Whatever your reaction, I think you will agree that it has been a long time since you have read a book with the sheer emotional impact of ONE CHILD.

  • Ana
    2018-12-09 22:04

    Esta citação retirado do livro será o melhor resumo do que acabei de ler."Algumas destas crianças vivem com pesadelos tão medonhos nas suas cabeças, que cada movimento fica imbuído de um terror desconhecido. Algumas vivem debaixo de uma violência e perversidade impossível de expressar por palavras. Algumas vivem sem a dignidade concedida aos animais. Algumas vivem sem amor. Algumas vivem sem esperança. No entanto, aguentam. E, na sua maioria, aceitam, por desconhecerem outro tipo de atitude."

  • BeaCharmed
    2018-12-02 14:42

    I read this when it first came out and it cemented my desire to be a teacher. I still want to be Torey when I grow up. Also, my copy is long gone and I need to get another and re-read this.

  • Books
    2018-12-04 20:52

    The first thing I want to tell you is how much this book made me cry. Buckets full. Maybe even enough to fill an ocean. Ugly cry, even. Unashamed, let-it-all-out, bawling. That’s how much. I’m not even exaggerating. This is significant, because tearjerker movies get me to cry often, but in contrast, only a handful of books have managed to dissolve me into tears. With One Child, I cried often, and I cried long and hard. It’s not only Sheila’s circumstances that made me cry, but also because I was so grateful that there is a teacher who cared enough to save this little girl whom everyone had given up on. Let me share a little about Sheila. She is a six-year-old girl who committed a terrible crime. It wasn’t her first crime, but it was probably her worst. At the age of six she had already had run ins with the police three times, and after her last crime the courts had decided that she should be placed in a state institution for mentally disturbed patients. Unfortunately for the state, but fortunately for Sheila, there wasn’t space available to accommodate her in the local state institution, and she was placed in a classroom for handicapped, abused, and mentally disturbed children. The teacher for that classroom at the time was Miss Torey (the author of this book). According to state regulations, Torey could only accommodate eight children in her classroom due to the severity of their conditions. Yet, she had no choice but to accept problem-child Sheila into her classroom.When I say Sheila is a problem-child, I don’t mean it lightly. The things she does is incredibly shocking, but here I also want to mention that she is no ordinary child. She has an IQ of over 170. Obviously, until Sheila has landed in Torey’s classroom, no-one has figured it out yet because Sheila is such a difficult child who goes out of her way to make herself unlovable. She lives in poverty with her alcoholic, ex-convict father, in a one-room shack in a migrant camp. You might wonder where Sheila’s mother is, and I can only tell you that that is another heartbreaking part of Sheila’s life. No acceptable excuse can be made for what Sheila’s mother did to her. It’s just too appalling. Anyway, the entire story centers around Miss Torey and Sheila forming an unbreakable bond and how they changed each others’ lives, and also how it changed Sheila. This little girl who never cries and who only knows rejection, abuse, and abandonment, has to learn to love, be accepted, deal with her anger, and adjust to normal society - what is socially acceptable, and what is not. Often I found myself smiling about how Sheila perceives the world and her surroundings, and how she tries to make sense of her life. The other kids in the same classroom also crept into my heart. So many times did I go “aaawwwhhh” because of something or other that Sheila, Torey or any of the other kids did or say, and then the tears would start all over again.I’ve read many abuse stories, whether it’s written in books or news articles, but never have I been as shocked as when I read what Sheila’s uncle did to her. You think you’ve heard it all with regard to the extent of human depravity, and then you read something like that... The story has a good ending, but not, in my opinion, a satisfying one. I desperately wanted a different ending for Sheila at home. I didn’t agree with the welfare system’s opinion of Sheila’s home life. I appreciated every single effort Torey made to improve Sheila’s life and I am grateful that there are teachers who really care about their students. One Child is a book worth reading, albeit not an easy one because it plays havoc with your emotions. Whether this really happened or not, it is a reminder that the world is filled with people who have no limits to the cruelties they bestow on defenseless little children (and animals, for that matter). At the same time it also showcases that, once in a while, a gem such as Torey comes along who dedicates her time and all of herself to protecting, loving, and making a difference in the lives of little ones who can’t fend for themselves. As much as I want to recommend this book to everyone, I also have to issue a warning that it contains content of a disturbing nature. Sheila’s story needed to be told and I’m grateful to Ms Hayden for sharing it with us. However, read it at own risk (such as crying buckets of tears and having your heart break into tiny little pieces over and over again).

  • Rita
    2018-12-12 16:06

    É triste observarmos no mundo casos como o de Sheila.Sheila e Torey foram-me cativando ao longo destas páginas trágicas e tão cheias de falhas.Ao mesmo tempo fico feliz por existirem educadoras e professoras como Torey que não só ensinam como também cicatrizam feridas com o amor, amizade e a esperança depositada nas crianças com problemas.Todos pensavam que Sheila não tinha solução, porém Torey insistiu e provou o contrário.

  • Mandy
    2018-11-23 17:55

    This book is about a special ed teacher and her relationship with "one child". The child, Sheila, has been severely abused, left on the interstate by her mother, neglected by her father and is only 6 years old. The story is a true store of how Hayden helped Sheila come out of her shell and trust someone will not abandon her and begin to love again.I liked the story, however, the teacher/author, Hayden annoyed me. I felt she made herself into a hero, and very few teachers could be like her and endure what she had to. She tended to justify EVERYTHING she did, right or wrong. She is a good story teller but thinks entirely too much of herself, in my opinion.I am curious whatever happened to little Sheila. Her story is heartbreaking...

  • Rita
    2018-12-05 20:45

    Gostei muito da obra, aborda diversos temas bastante interessantes e tem uma mensagem muito forte sobre superação e a força do amor e da compreensão. Considerei a obra um pouco previsível, todavia adorei os temas, as personagens e a mensagem subjacente na obra. Mal vejo a hora de poder ler mais obras desta autora.

  • Ruth Turner
    2018-12-14 18:43

    It's so difficult to rate and review true books about child abuse, and this one is no exception.Well written, easy to read and a cast of delightful characters. Especially the "crazy kidses." I loved them.However, there was one thing about this book that I have to mention because it affected my overall view of the story. Sheila, six years old and the main character of the story, is sexually abused by her uncle. When he tried to have sex with her she was too small, so he cut her with a knife. Torey, her teacher, has to explain what happened to the other children in her class. These are special needs children, mentally, emotionally and physically disadvantaged and they were worried about their friend who was bleeding when she came to school and then rushed to hospital."Remember I told you that Sheila got hurt athome. And remember back when we weretalking about the ways people can touchyou? I was telling you how sometimespeople want to put their hands places on alittle kid's body that they have no right totouch.""Yeah, like down where it's private on you,huh?" said William.I nodded. "Well, someone in Sheila's familytouched her where he shouldn't have andwhen Sheila got unhappy about it, he hurther."Foreheads wrinkled. Their eyes were intent.Even Max stopped rocking."What did he do to her?" William asked."Cut her."The children thought they were old enough to be told the truth, so that's what she gave them. She does speculate on whether she's done the right thing in being so honest, and decides that she has.This horrified me so much that I almost didn't finish the book. There's truth and there's truth, and I think I'd struggle with any children being given this much information, let alone a group of special needs kiddies.I think it will be quite some time before I read another of her books.*climbs down off soap box*

  • ayyitskianaa
    2018-11-26 20:59

    ahh. One Child, by Torey Hayden was just plain... FANTASTIC... AMAZING... GREAT... I LOVED the book. It was about a young girl at the age of 5 years old is what I remember. Okay, so she was left on the side of a highway hanging on the gate by her mother, which left her to go live in California with the little girls' only and little brother. Her dad found her and took her back home, where she always gets abused and is taught many things. So when she goes to school, she has the knowledge of a 5th grader. BUT she has the behavior of a 2 year old. She screams, and hurts children and interrupts the class. But thank God for the teacher. Her teacher, Torey Hayden is a person who helps special or tortured children in their life. For example, Sheila! She calms them down and what-so-ever. Her and Sheilas' relationship is so bad at first. But then as the book goes on Torey calms Sheila down and become like best friends. I really loved the book. It taught such a great lesson and I would read this book, also, again later in my life. I would recommend this book to many people. Well like, EVERYONE because of how much I loved it.

  • Bonnie
    2018-11-22 21:40

    This is a powerful book written by a special educator. For one of my classes I has to read another one or Torey's experiences "Just Another Kid." Both are based on actual experiences of Torey teaching special education. I really related. She writes in a very raw way so there is inappropriate language spoken by her students. Also, situations of her students are really difficult and hard so be prepared. I felt she wrote in such an honest and straightforward way that she could have been in my classroom. I don't think people realize what teachers deal with.

  • Jacqueline
    2018-12-04 23:05

    I read 'One Child' as a junior in high school as part of a project, I recently reread it this past winter. This book highlights how resilient children can be. Nature vs. nurture is explored in this nonfiction story. Six year old Sheila, a poor almost deranged child, is put into Torey Hayden's special needs class after she tried to light another child on fire. She is violent, dirty, and scares the other children in the class until Torey begins to see the real Sheila who is sweet, kind, and a gifted reader. Every special educator needs to read this book.

  • Ajit Kumar
    2018-11-30 20:39

    It is an excellent book for teachers of special education. A special child may have immense potential within. They need love and care.

  • Rachel Sherman
    2018-12-06 17:06

    If your a parent, teacher, daycare worker, or just around kids, you NEED to read this book! It has such a great message behind it. I love that she wrote from her experience in the classroom with this student! She never give up on her students! She didn't do anything special, just treated/ showed her students love and respect! Best book I've read about teaching!!

  • Icha
    2018-12-06 19:41

    Kisah tentang Sheila ini cukup mengenaskan dan mengharukan. Saat membaca kisahnya, saya dapat merasakan sedihnya, sakitnya, saya bahkan merasa menyayangi dia, walaupun dia tidak berada di dekat saya. Dia hanya seorang gadis kecil. Sayangnya , seorang gadis kecil ini pernah mengalami segala hal buruk yang mungkin dialami orang dewasa, mulai dari ditinggalkan orang yang disayangi, ditelantarkan, dijauhi, dihina, bahkan yang paling parah, dia pernah mengalami tindak pelecehan dan penganiayaan seksual yang dilakukan oleh pamannya sendiri. Namun dia kuat dan bertahan serta tidak ingin orang lain tahu bahwa dia terluka.Saya menyukai buku ini, karena semata-mata ini bukan kisah Cinderela yang semua berakhir “Happily ever after”. Ini bukan kisah di mana peran utama selalu mendapat apa yang mereka inginkan. Ini merupakan sebuah kisah nyata tentang seberapa kerasnya hidup di dunia nyata. Bagaimana kita menanggapi seorang anak kecil dengan pertanyaan-pertanyaan ingin tahunya yang besar. Bagaimana kita memberi tanggapan yang benar pada mereka, bukan membohongi mereka dengan hal-hal yang kita tahu sendiri bahwa itu tidak nyata. Karena kadang-kadang seorang anak kecil bisa lebih peka daripada kita.Pada akhirnya semua berjalan dengan benar, pamannya ditahan. Sheila mulai belajar untuk menjadi anak yang kuat. Pengadilan tidak jadi menahan Sheila, berkat pertolongan Chad, kekasih Torey. Berita buruknya, Torey akan pindah sekolah, kelas mereka harus ditutup karena kekurangan dana. Sulit sekali untuk menjelaskan pada Sheila bahwa hidup akan terus berjalan dan persahabatan mereka tidak akan habis hanya karena Torey pindah ke luar kota. Berat sekali bagi Torey untuk berpisah dari Sheila, tetapi kehidupan harus terus berjalan. Kisah yang manis ini ditutup dengan surat yang manis dari Sheila untuk Torey. Torey menerimanya setahun sebelum menulis buku ini. Selembar kertas bekas diremas dan terkena noda air yang ditulisi dengan spidol biru. Begini bunyinya:"Untuk Torey dengan penuh “Cinta”Mereka semua berdatanganMereka mencoba membuatku tertawaMereka mengajakku bermainSebagian bermain untuk bersenang-senang dansebagian untuk dikenangDan kemudian mereka pergiMeninggalkan aku di tengah reruntuhan permainanTanpa tahu yang mana harus dikenang danYang mana untuk sekadar bersenang-senang danMeninggalkan akuk dengan gema dariTawa yang bukan milikkuLalu datanglah kauDengan caramu yang lucuTidak seperti orang lainDan kau membuatku menangis tersedu-sedanDan tampaknya kau tidak perduli meski aku menangisKau bilang permainan sudah selesaiDan menungguSampai seluruh air mataku berubah menjadiKebahagiaan."Torey mengagumi Sheila. Dan untuk puisi indah dari seorang gadis se-spesial Sheila, Torey menyimpan puisi ini baik-baik di suatu sudut kantornya. Bagaimana saya tahu? Berikut ungkapan torey saat dia menuliskan sedikit testimoninya di halaman ketiga:"Untuk Sheila R. Tentu saja,Berkali-kali aku ditanya tentang puisi di dinding kantorku.Sungguh wajar kalau mereka ingin mengenal gadis cilik yang menulisnya.Sedangkan aku-aku hanya berharap bisa memiliki separuh saja dari kehebatanmu sebagai penulis."www.devitareadsbooks.blogspot.com

  • Laura Noi
    2018-12-11 15:42

    Magnifico.Devo leggere tutti i libri scritti da questa donna meravigliosa.Questo è un libro che avevo a casa da un po' di tempo, l'avevo trovato usato in un mercatino. Ho aspettato tanto a leggerlo perchè dalla trama mi faceva "paura". Paura nel senso che mi avrebbe fatto soffrire, insomma parliamo di una bambina che ha subito violenze e soprusi e soprattutto è una storia vera. A me queste cose mettono i brividi, le voglio leggere, so che devo farlo ma ne ho sempre paura.Alla fine mi sono decisa, avevo bisogno di una lettura che mi trasmettesse emozioni e così mi sono lanciata su questo. Prima di tutto non è assolutamente un libro di cui aver "paura". Non si sofferma sugli aspetti negativi e violenti della vita di Shaila ma sulla relazione tra lei e Torey, la sua insegnante. Torey oltre che un'ottima scrittrice è un'insegnante strepitosa, è una donna che ama il suo lavoro e te lo trasmette con ogni parola e con ogni gesto. Nel libro emergono tutte le sue paure, le sue difficoltà nella relazione con questa bambina difficile e poi la sua rabbia e il suo coraggio. Impossibile non affezionarsi a lei, non desiderare che le maestre siano davvero come lei con questo amore immenso verso i bambini, anche quelli "matti". Impossibile non affezionarsi a Shaila, ai suoi occhioni, alla sua dignità. Impossibile non sentire un po' propria quella classe speciale.Impossibile non piangere. Ma sono lacrime buone, liberatorie.Leggete questo libro, non ve ne pentirete.

  • Roberta Frontini (Blogue FLAMES)
    2018-11-27 21:04

    The opinion on my blog - http://flamesmr.blogspot.pt/2010/06/l...Livro: A criança que não queria falarAutora: Torey HaydenNeste livro fala-se de uma violenta criança de seis anos com problemas a níveis sociais e emocionais. Tudo isto muda quando encontra a autora do livro, uma professora de necessidades educativas especiais. O grande problema deste livro é o facto da autora ser muito...CONVENCIDA...Basta ler a capa do livro para encontrarmos a seguinte frase:"Era uma criança de seis anos insociável, violenta, perdida num mundo de raiva e sofrimento... até encontrar uma jovem e brilhante professora."Quem é que se autodescreve logo na capa desta forma? BRILHANTE!! Enfim...No entanto, a história descrita no livro é uma história veridica. Sheila, de seis anos, foi abandonada por uma mãe adolescente, tendo sido repetidamente maltratada e abusada. A lição importante deste livro é que, apesar de tudo, com a ajuda necessária, os malefícios de uma infância conturbada podem ser reversíveis.Sheila é destacada para a sala de Torey e é aí que a sua vida muda completamente uma vez que as duas estabelecem fortes laços afectivos. Aconselhamos este livro a estudantes de Psicologia, professores que possam lidar com estas temáticas ou simplesmente aos mais curiosos e interessados por estas temáticas.Desde a sua publicação, em 1980, o livro já vendeu 8 500 000 exemplares no Reino Unido tendo já sido traduzido em 27 línguas diferentes.

  • Schnuckiputzi
    2018-12-02 18:51

    Torey Hayden is a teacher of those children society deems "garbage"...autistic, schizophrenic, emotionally damaged, suicidal. This was in the seventies and eighties, before autism became a popular disease. I read One Child, a book I've read before, which the story of Sheila, a six year old so abused and emotionally scarred that she takes a neighborhood child out to the woods and sets fire to him. Because no one else will take her into a normal classroom, Torey gets her. She's emaciated, owns one shirt and one filthy pair of overalls, and reeks because she wets the bed every night and the shack she and her father live in has no running water for bathing. In one shocking scene, she gouges out the eyes of the classroom goldfish and strangles the baby gerbils that belong to one of the teacher's sons. Reading her books actually lit a fire in my oldest daughter to work with autistic children, and not only does she tutor an autistic second-grader in our school, but is headed off to college in the fall for a degree in Special Education. If you love children, read these books. But have the Kleenex ready.

  • ReaderSP
    2018-11-25 14:51

    I have read a few of Torey Hayden's books and I had been meaning to read this one for a long time. A usually with Hayden's books, it follows her experiences working with children with special needs and running a special needs class. The main character in the book is Shelia, a very troubled young girl. Shelia comes to Hayden's class at the age of 7, whilst waiting for a placement in a secure unit, after committing a horrible crime on another child. Shelia is a disruptive mute, whose worse attribute is her anger. Given all that, Shelia is a girl everyone wants to know and help. Although Shelia has experienced things we could not imagine in her short life, she is still strong and carries such charm and innocence. You get to know and feel for her and her father, who has issues of his own. Simple things like cleaning and feeding Shelia never really happen and Hayden show Shelia how to look after herself. Just as things are getting better for Shelia, something happens and she is transported back to square one. You really feel for this small, little girl and your heart breaks at her story. This book is packed with emotion and you will not be able to put it down. I'm off to read the sequel Tiger's Child.

  • Mónica Silva
    2018-11-30 18:47

    Opinião no blog http://howtoliveathousandlives.blogsp...Esta é a estória verídica de uma criança que foi privada do seu direito à infância, ao amor, a um desenvolvimento saudável. É uma estória que deixará qualquer leitor revoltado perante as injustiças e crueldades perpetradas a uma inocente criança, que nada fez para o merecer. Acho que qualquer pessoa se emocionará a ler este livro, eu sem dúvida que não consegui controlar as lágrimas perante alguns dos atos profundamente cruéis cometidos.Mais do que tudo, este livro tem uma mensagem subjacente muito poderosa: a perseverança e o amor condicional conseguem quebrar as barreiras mais poderosas. É uma obra que alerta para uma realidade ainda muito presente na sociedade atual: a violência e os abusos a crianças. Torey é uma grande professora, mas sobretudo um grande ser humano que conseguiu retribuir a Sheila um pouco do amor que lhe havia sido negado. Em suma, este livro demonstra o lado mais negro da humanidade, a crueldade de que somos capazes, mas também a nossa capacidade de lutar contra estes atos. E principalmente, a importância dos laços que criamos uns com os outros e de quanto o amor é essencial para combater as injustiças da vida.

  • Afina
    2018-12-06 16:41

    Buku ini membuka mata dan pikiran saya bahwa sikap yang ditunjukkan oleh masing-masing individu merupakan hasil dari apa yang telah mereka alami dahulunya. Kita tidak diperbolehkan menghakimi tindakan orang lain karena masa lalunya bisa jadi berbeda dengan masa lalu kita.Tertulis di warta berita lokal, seorang gadis kecil mengikat seorang anak laki-laki di pohon dan merencanakan untuk membakarnya.Gadis kecil itu bernama Sheila.Sheila mengalami trauma akan masa lalunya. Ia diperkosa oleh pamannya sendiri dan mengalami pedihnya pisau di alat kelaminnya. Sangat menyedihkan, menyakitkan, dan membuat saya tidak habis pikir bagaimana gadis dengan usia sebelia itu masih dapat bertahan hidup dan sanggup menepis masa lalunya.Sheila, jelas, bukan anak biasa. Ia anak yang cantik, pintar, namun dianggurkan atau ditelantarkan oleh ibunya sendiri. Ia mengetahui makna perceraian sebelum masuk sekolah. Ia telah mengetahui arti perpisahan ketika ibunya lebih memilih Jamie adiknya untuk dibawa. Usia sebelia itu ia harus memahami dunia dalam perspektif yang lebih dewasa. Buku ini menarik dan saya sangat salut dengan Torey Hayden yang mampu bergelut di dunia anak-anak super. Buku ini mengajarkan saya hakikat cinta kasih, welas asih, dan pemikiran untuk tidak menghakimi orang lain.

  • Hannah
    2018-11-28 20:38

    This book was absorbing and enthralling. It drew me in slowly, introducing Sheila, first, as merely a statistic in a newspaper. Insignificant and unimportant despite the horrendous act which she has committed. This is a good way for us to "meet" this brilliant and joyous little girl because it's how she has been viewed all of her short life. We are told in brutal honesty about Sheila's early life and her upbringing. At 6 she has experiences things a grown adult could barely comprehend but she is found to be something of a genius. Torey Hayden is an extraordinary teacher and a beautiful person with a good heart. She loves and cares about Sheila, and all of "her" children and this is conveyed so strongly that the reader cannot help but invest their emotions and love them too. This book brought tears, bursts of anger, and a few little smiles and giggles. Not for the faint hearted, because Sheila is one amazing 6 year old and if you're not quite as brave and as strong as she, you may not make it to the last page.

  • Jacquelyn
    2018-11-18 18:02

    Great book. This book follows the progress of a child that was placed in Ms. Hayden's classroom because there was 'no where else to put her' as she waited for an opening at the state hospital.I felt this book was sincerely written, and very honest. It didn't dance around the subject matter at all. I also felt that Ms. Hayden was writing from a fairly objective perspective. She didn't toot her own horn constantly, nor did she degrade or downplay the roles of others in the process of working with this girl. This book would be a great read for anyone who has contemplated, or is contemplating, working in a resource style classroom setting. As well as those who have, are currently, or would like to work with children through the social welfare system, as a resource teacher, or even a psychologist. Highly recommended. Also note there is a follow up book to this one called "Tiger Child" (or something like that) that I cannot wait to find and read. In fact, I would be happy to read any of Ms. Hayden's books, and there are several out there.

  • Rafida Djakiman
    2018-12-01 16:57

    layak dibaca,gak hanya buat para guru, tapi juga orangtua.buku ini membuktikan bahwa perilaku anak itu terbentuk dari pola asuh di dalam keluarga.ketika anak dibesarkan dengan penolakan dan segala hal negatif lainnya,dia akan menjadi anak yang gak percaya diri,temper tantrum,dan gak percaya dengan orang-orang yang ada di lingkungannya.baca buku ini bikin saya sedih sekaligus bergidik, bagaimana ada seorang anak yang berusia 6 tahun bisa menangis dalam diam, memendam traumanya sedemikian rupa, menimbun segala kebencian akibat dibuang ibunya, mendapat sexual abuse, physical abuse, dan segala penolakan yang berasal dari lingkungannya.bagaimana bisa seorang anak 6 tahun bisa bertahan dengan hal-hal mengerikan yang dialaminya.Bagian paling emosional menurut saya dari buku ini adalah ketika Sheila pada akhirnya menangis mengeluarkan air mata.Torey Hayden sangat menginspirasi saya dalam banyak hal.beliau menggugah emosi saya sedemikian rupa.dan saya pun menyadari satu hal bahwa, menjadi seorang guru bukan merupakan sebuah profesi, tapi merupakan sebuah panggilan jiwa.

  • Ursula
    2018-11-23 16:45

    One of my most loved books of all time. I read it many times as a teenager and in my 20's until I lost track of my copy. Finally picked up a new copy, and it was like being reunited with an old friend. Torey Hayden's One Child was the first book I ever read about behaviorally challenged children. I loved it so much back then, that I eagerly went off in search of her other titles, and eventually branched out into other teacher-authors (like Mary MacCracken). There are now many titles in this category that are on my "you've-got-to-read-this" list! But, One Child was the book that started it all for me. If you love children, and you believe all people are inherently good and deserving of care and affection, then you will enjoy this book! I have no doubt you will also set out to read her other titles after you tearfully finish this read. Miss Hayden proves that love really is the strongest force on earth.

  • Simply Just Jen
    2018-12-05 22:53

    THIS IS FOR "ONE CHILD" ONLY I first formed my relationship with Sheila in the 5th grade as part of an advanced English class. I remember thinking oh my gosh this really happened to such a brilliant child. Sheila was a 5 yr old child who lived in such horrific circumstances that the rats round her had better lives. She is considered helpless after she sets a 3yr old on fire. No where to go the State puts her in a special education classroom. There she meets Torey a teacher, who helps Sheila blossom into a child that you can't help fall in love with. Torey Hayden will put you into the mind of this child and have you engaging in very raw emotions. I fell in love with this book when I was 11 yrs old and as I reread it this year, I will say the complexity of mental disorders and the people who treat this amazes me. I admire Mrs Hayden for her patience and her ability to help so many children. This book is powerful and emotionally gripping.

  • Louise
    2018-11-28 16:59

    This was the first book I have read by Torey Hayden and the first book I have read about child abuse. I wasn't sure if I was going to like it or how I would feel about it, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The book was great, it was written beautifully and in good taste. I enjoyed reading this book and will most defiantly being reading the follow up books and other books by Torey Hayden in the future. Very glad I read it. 5/5