PRAISE FOR REVERSED: A MEMOIR
"The story of Reversed: A Memoir is a captivating story about a mother's love to help her struggling son who is having difficulty learning/reading in school. The schools do not have the interest or expertise to help, so Mom steps in and takes on the difficult task of figuring out the puzzle of his issue and how to solve it. It takes countless hours, tireless energy, and the love of a Mom who doesn't quit until she can tackle his disability and make her son the best he can be. This is a heartwarming story that is well written and captures your interest so you don't want to put the book down until you get to the end!"
CLIFTON PARK, NY
I have to say this journey you shared is so powerful. I felt it hit me as a Mom, as a teacher, as a Reading Specialist, an administrator, a leader, and fundamentally, as another compassionate human being. Please send Nicholas a hug from this stranger!
Nicholas could not read, the schools that should have taught him would not teach him. His mum saw promise and used a story about an "Enormous Turnip" and a game she made up loosely referred to as “should, could, would and elephant pee” to unlock the mystery. With courage and good humor, Ms. Letchford takes us on a creative adventure into the unknown and shows us how she taught Nicholas, whose difficulties were profound, to read.
Lois's book is a must-read for all parents and educators. It will especially help guide those with children who struggle to read, but is pertinent for anyone who wants to enhance children's engagement with learning. Reversed is a compelling personal story that provides both instruction and hope.
Reversed: A Memoir is a heartwarming story of a fiercely determined mother finding a way forward for her mislabeled son. Lois is then able to help others who don't respond to traditional teaching methods. Her journey is reminiscent of her childhood and results in an exploration of her own learning experiences. This easy and engaging read is none-the-less a multi-faceted tale that raises philosophical questions about measures of success and failure and how we view ourselves.
I believe this book will motivate, challenge, and encourage both educators and parents to look beyond the initial learning difficulties and find ways to engage and encourage students to develop a love for reading, writing and learning. I count it a great privilege to know Lois and Nicholas, to see the journey they have traveled, and to read this book. I believe that it will be a catalyst for change in the lives of many.
As I read this story my heart broke for Lois and young Nicholas as they struggled to find their way in finding the right kind of instruction for Nicholas to learn to read. The story offers rays of hope throughout, amidst small moments of success, (Nicholas reciting Tolstoy’s The Great Big Enormous Turnip, Nicholas learning to swim) to laugh-out-loud antics (the contents of Lois’ suitcase scattered on the luggage carousel at Heathrow airport upon the families’ arrival). This memoir offers promise to parents and educators alike who are determined to find ways to reach those students who are most challenging to teach. It shows what one family's, and one child’s, determination can do. There are no boundaries when strength of mind and strength of character come to play. I highly recommend this book to parents and educators who believe there are no limits when it comes to making a difference in the life of a child.