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A Child at Heart : The Story of a Foster Child - Chris Baxter

A Child at Heart

The Story of a Foster Child

Paperback

Published: 1st June 2009
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A Child at Heart is the soul-stirring true story of a child in foster care. Five-year-old Marie needed a home for only a few weeks. Like a tsunami, her arrival overwhelmed the comfortable and ordered lives of the author and his wife.

The few weeks stretched into months, then years. Imperceptibly, things were changing. Warfare gave way to an uneasy and exhausted truce, then, finally, to deep and mutual love. Previously repressed under the weight of premature responsibility and anxiety, a delightful child emerged through fantasy and play.

Hers became a charmed household of children's tales and make-believe into which the author and his wife plunged willingly. It was a dreamlike existence set against an uncertain future. And like all dreams, it could not last.

About the Author

Chris Baxter is the founding Editor of the long running magazine Wild and Rock. He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2002 for service to environmental journalism. He lives in Melbourne where he is a writer and publisher.

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A Child at Heart
 
3.8

(based on 4 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to understand (3)
  • Informative (3)
  • Well written (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Special needs (4)
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5.0

Informative

By 

from SYDNEY NSW

About Me Everyday Reader

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Hard to put down
  • Informative
  • Thought provoking
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Child Protection Workers
    • Foster Carers
    • Reference
    • Special Needs

    Comments about A Child at Heart:

    Excellent book to read if you are contemplating foster parenting

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    2.0

    Interesting story

    By 

    from Brisbane

    About Me Bookworm

    Pros

    • Informative

    Cons

    • Did Not Engage Me

    Best Uses

    • Older Readers
    • Special Needs

    Comments about A Child at Heart:

    Informative for those interested in fostering and or understanding children in problem environments or anyone interested in adult /child relationships and difficulties but I found it rather factual, describing events, thoughts and emotions without transferring and engaging me emotionally as a reader.
    Perhaps this is not that important of course if looked at form the point of imparting significant information and for this reason I would recommend the Book to those with particular interest- but not as a general read.

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    4.0

    makes you want to become a foster carer!

    By 

    from victoria, australia

    About Me Everyday Reader

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    Pros

    • Easy To Understand
    • Inspirational
    • Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gift
      • Older Readers
      • Special Needs
      • Travel Reading

      Comments about A Child at Heart:

      very inspiring book...a little love can make such a huge difference in a childs life!

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      4.0

      Foster Care Australia - Interesting

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      from East Gippsland

      About Me Everyday Reader

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Understand
      • Informative
      • Inspirational
      • Well Written

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Reference
        • Special Needs
        • Travel Reading

        Comments about A Child at Heart:

        A book written by a foster parent. Basic writting, informative of the subject matter and a nice read.

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        ISBN: 9780980526400
        ISBN-10: 098052640X
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 188
        Published: 1st June 2009
        Country of Publication: AU
        Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 1.400
        Weight (kg): 0.22