Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Review: The Mind of a Child by Marshanne Mishoe

The Mind of a Child
by Marshanne Mishoe

Publisher: Booktrope Editions
Pages: 242
Format: ebook
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Two eras, two women, one story of strength and love. 

1940: When Jessa gives birth to her youngest son, instinct tells her all’s not well. Her husband and doctor are keeping something from her, but what? 

2007: Willa adjusts to her new job serving as an assistant teacher in a special needs classroom. At first she balks at the work she has to do – often involving bathroom issues and tantruming children. As she grows into the job, she comes to truly love her students, even as she learns that things aren’t all that they seem within her own family. 

Kritters Thoughts:  Two stories - one in 1940 with a mom who gives birth to a child who is not normal.  The other story is more or less present day at 2007 with a woman who has to take a job to keep her family afloat and ends up in a classroom with a variety of special needs children and in this situation she learns patience and a level of content with what you have that I don't think she would have learned anywhere else.  

I am a huge fan of dual narratives and especially when they intersect and without spoiling, these two stories come together and just the right moment.  It is late in the book, but I was quite ok with that!  I loved reading the difference between not only the acceptance of children and adults with special needs now and in the 1940s story, but also the resources that parents and families have for all of the different areas of special needs.  I do not have a child with special needs in my immediate circle, but I love hearing that parents and families aren't as alone and isolated.

This isn't my first book to read about specifically about Down Syndrome and I just love reading how far we have come as a society to help integrate those with special needs into the "normal" classrooms and life.

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2015 Challenge: 23 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Booktrope Publishing.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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