|Plot Summary of If I Get to Five: What Children Have Taught Me About Courage and Character|
|"If I Get to Five: What Children Have Taught Me About Courage and Character
Fred Epstein, M.D, and Joshua Horwitz
Holt, Mar 2003, $23.00, 190 pp.
IF I GET TO FIVE: WHAT CHILDREN HAVE TAUGHT ME ABOUT COURAGE AND CHARACTER is more than just a biography focusing on the great accomplishments of Dr. Fred. This nonfiction is more of a vigorous lesson that when it seems all but over in the bottom of the ninth, still swing the bat of life. Dr. Fred provides anecdotals from his mentoring tutors, the many children whose lives touched his.
The book also bolsters those with disabilities to achieve more than the expectations of those around them by conquering the Pygmalion Effect. Dr. Fred overcame his own childhood handicaps and a recent one as an adult due to an accident.
In many ways his is an Art Linkletter bio, but the stakes are everything worthwhile. Well written and inspirational, Fred Epstein, M.D, and Joshua Horwitz provide realistic hope in the darkest moment by encouraging adults to heed the advice of their little ones who, even when death nears, show what life is all about.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of If I Get to Five: What Children Have Taught Me About Courage and Character|
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Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Very much smarter than other people
- average physique
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
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- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 51%-75% of book
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