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A mother and daughter face the challenges of learning disabilities in this heartfelt, uplifting story. Rosemary Enrico watches her daughter trudge home from school weighed down by a backpack filled with books she can't read. Common words her classmates learned in kindergarten stump Dawn. Girls who'd been her friends in preschool no longer come to play. Even worse, the claA mother and daughter face the challenges of learning disabilities in this heartfelt, uplifting story.Rosemary Enrico watches her daughter trudge home from school weighed down by a backpack filled with books she can't read. Common words her classmates learned in kindergarten stump Dawn. Girls who'd been her friends in preschool no longer come to play. Even worse, the class bully seizes every opportunity to mock and harass her.Why can't Dawn read? The teachers offer Rosemary reassurance, not answers. They say Dawn's every bit as bright as her older brother, who has honor roll certificates galore. Though she tries, nothing Rosemary says cracks Dawn's conviction that she's dumb.Certain Dawn will read when she's ready, Frank Enrico tells Rosemary her constant worrying undermines their daughter. She reminds him that there was no reason to worry until Dawn's troubles in school began.Early in September, when a substitute gives a review spelling test, Dawn discovers she's even dumber than she thought. Every single word is wrong. That evening, when homework yet again crowds out a bedtime bath, Dawn tells Rosemary she wants to crawl back inside her belly and be born smart.A bright child's struggle galvanizes growth in her family and beyond, changing the dogmatic superintendent of schools and her troubled son....

Title : When Words Were Mountains
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ISBN : 9780990730408
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 267 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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When Words Were Mountains Reviews

  • Larry Sommers
    2018-10-24 19:43

    Do you ever pine for a novel that deals with the problems real people have, and does so in an illuminating and upliftting way? Try When Words Were Mountains, by Janet R. Altman.Third-grader Dawn Enrico is so bummed out by her classmates’ teasing and mockery that she tells her mother, Rosemary, “I wish I could crawl back into your belly and be born smart.” The problem is not that she’s dumb, but that she has a learning disability that keeps her from reading at her grade level—or, almost, at all. To make matters worse, Rosemary must hurdle bureaucratic obstacles to get Dawn into an LD program that can help her make progress. Once Dawn gets specialized reading instruction, it’s only the beginning of a difficult quest, as Dawn seeks her place in the sun not only as a reader but as an aspiring actress. Along the way, some people—responding to their own inner demons—make things harder. Others, like learning-disabled caterer Dorrie and Grandpa Jack, an old art teacher, provide support, encouragement, and wisdom.In the meantime, Rosemary has a host of family issues to deal with, from her husband’s high school sweetheart named Cookie to her own mid-life aspirtation of becoming a teacher.Throughout this complex tale of family life in the Chicago suburbs, the characters sometimes cause one another problems, but often they use their intelligence and coping skills to let the better angels of their natures shine through.To say that Janet R. Altman is a great storyteller is perfectly true; but a great storyteller whose heart and humanity infuse every page is a rarity and a delight.