Book Review: The Don’t-Give-Up Kid and Learning Differences

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

by Jeanne Gehret
Verbal Images Press, $9.95; for ages 8-12
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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.