The Don’t-Give-Up Kid and Learning Differences

A child struggles to read, but learns to never stop trying.


Filed Under: Learning Disabilities, Children's Books,

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Many famous adults overcame physical or mental challenges to achieve success. Take a trip to the library or hop on the Internet with your child and research celebrities, athletes, and historical figures who thrived despite great obstacles (Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, and Leonardo da Vinci—to name a few!).

by Jeanne Gehret
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Any child who’s ever felt inadequate about learning will relate to Alex, the don’t-give-up kid.

Alex is teased because he can’t read — letters look foreign to him; they jump around the page or appear backwards. But young readers are shown that learning differences have nothing to do with lack of intelligence. Alex begins to work with a specialist, who introduces him to Thomas Edison (who had ADD and dyslexia). Though the inventor failed many times, he never stopped trying — and neither does Alex.

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