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Little People: Learning to See the World Through My Daughter's Eyes

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A week after her birth in 1992, Dan Kennedy's firstborn daughter was diagnosed with achondroplasia, the most common type of dwarfism. Reassured by doctors that Becky would have normal intelligence and a normal life span, Dan and his wife, Barbara, quickly adjusted to the reality of her condition. What wasn't so easy was grasping people's attitudes toward those with physica
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 17th 2003 by Rodale Books
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Iamshadow
Aug 15, 2008 Iamshadow rated it it was amazing
I'd recommend this book to anyone who's interested to know what it's like living with a difference.

Becky Kennedy was diagnosed shortly after her birth with achondroplasia; the most common form of dwarfism. This book, written by her father, is part memoir, part history lesson, part exploration of what it means to be a dwarf, and raise a happy and healthy child with a difference in a modern world.

Now, I'm not achondroplastic, nor do I have any other form of the nearly two hundred identified kinds
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Jessica
May 29, 2007 Jessica rated it really liked it
Little People is a very readable and informative memoir by a man who's daughter was diagnosed with dwarfism shortly after she was born. The memoir recounts Kennedy's his experiences trying to give his daughter a good life, from both a social and medical perspective. The author is very open and honest about sharing his family's story.
Kristin Bateman
Mar 21, 2010 Kristin Bateman rated it liked it
This is going to be the summer reading book for the entire school this summer. It's an interesting read, and more of a history of Little People than a story of a father's journey with his daughter. It was not what I was expecting, but it's such a fine line that Kennedy walks: how much to reveal while not revealing too much about his own child. My biggest concern: it was mentioned several times how the PC term "Little People" is being removed and that "dwarf" is more acceptable. Matt Rolloff from ...more
Kim
May 19, 2012 Kim rated it liked it
Dan Kennedy and his wife Barbara are the parents of two children. Their son, Tim is a person of average height. Their daughter, Becky, is a person of short stature. This is her story, but more than that, it is the story of the history, culture and challenges faced by little people throughout the ages.

Dan is a journalist, and he tells of Becky's story, who was born with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism, with the love and compassion that is comes with being a parent. He shares the
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Jamie
Jul 12, 2011 Jamie rated it it was ok
ok so this book was ok in the beginning but just fell from there. what this book really is, is just an infomational book on "little people". There are certain points where it does go through the daughter's medical issuses but that is as far as the journey through "her" eyes goes since it was entiraly told by the father. it's would probably be more of a journey through her eyes if it was written more later in her life where she could comment more on how she felt about certain issues. But this ...more
Barbara
Sep 18, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it
Kind of a two pronged book. It is the story of the author's daughter's first ten years. She is a dwarf. But, perhaps more interesting...it includes a discussion of eugenics, abortion and genetic engineering, as each relates to disabilities, diversity and differences. An intelligent book.
Bethany
Nov 20, 2008 Bethany rated it really liked it
An interesting look at one family's struggle with dwarfism, as well as a cultural review of dwarfism through history.
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While coming to terms with his daughter's dwarfism, the author confronts what it means to be disabled in America and the question of eradication versus acceptance.
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Mandatory reading for average height parents with a child diagnosed with dwarfism.
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Dan Kennedy is an assistant professor of journalism at Northeastern University and has been a working journalist for nearly forty years. He currently contributes to the Huffington Post and the Nieman Journalism Lab. (source: University of Massachusetts P
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