Cover image for Dyslexia
Landau, Elaine.
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Publication Information:
New York : Franklin Watts, [2004]

Physical Description:
79 pages ; 21 cm.
Being dyslexic -- Dyslexia -- Getting help -- Questions and answers about dyslexia -- Glossary.
Reading Level:
1060 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.7 2.0 82438.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 7.8 6 Quiz: 34529 Guided reading level: V.
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What did Leonardo da Vinci, Winston Churchill, Walt Disney, and Alexander Graham Bell have in common? They all had dyslexia. Today, it is estimated that 5 to 20 percent of school-age children are affected to some degree by this learning disability. Elaine Landau relates the inspiring stories of individuals who overcame dyslexia to excel in life. She also explores the various ways in which people are affected by dyslexia, how it is diagnosed, and the latest educational techniques that are being used in the classroom to help students cope with this problem. Book jacket.

Author Notes

Elaine Landau Elaine Landau has received her Bachelor's in English and Journalism and her Master's in Library and Information Sciences. She has written over 185 books, most of them non-fiction children's books on subjects such as earth science, planets, the supernatural, dinosaurs, ancient civilizations, ecology and contemporary issues.

Landau's books have won the American Association for the Advancement of Science: "Science Books and Film" Best Children's Science Booklist, as well as The New York Public Library Books for the Teenage, the New Jersey Institute of Technology Award and VOYA's Nonfiction Honor List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5, younger for reading aloud. Addressing a common problem that can devastate a child's self-esteem, Landau explains dyslexia in ways that are reassuring without being dismissive and notes that although dyslexia is a universal condition, its causes are still unknown. She deals briefly with several theories now being investigated and offers the names and addresses of organizations that can provide ongoing information. But her thrust is to reassure those with the affliction that it is not a sign of mental disability and that the learning problems can be compensated for. She offers first-person accounts from dyslexics who have suffered through the educational process, discusses the types of behavior exhibited by dyslexic students, and shows how help from caring and encouraging adults can make a difference. She also mentions famous people who have succeeded spectacularly despite being dyslexic. Illustrations, most of them color photographs; a glossary; and a further reading list increase the book's usefulness. A resource that will hearten young dyslexics who will see that they are neither alone nor helpless, this may attract young readers who prefer nonfiction, but it will be most valuable in the hands of an adult and a dyslexic child reading together. ~--Sheilamae O'Hara

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-8-- Narration by dyslexics combines with an overview of the disorder to give readers an informative and thought-provoking look at this often misunderstood condition. Beginning with the struggles of a young student to cover for his difficulties, the book goes on to describe the various manifestations of dyslexia, therapies, and outcomes. Emphasis on dyslexia as a dysfunction, rather than a curable disease, is a recurrent theme throughout, all the while maintaining a positive, upbeat tone. Content is a balance of text and illustrations, with an equal number of pages given to each. The full-color photographs depict afflicted children and young adults in a variety of situations, and offer insight into how their minds function. While several fictional titles have featured dyslexic characters, this is unique in its presentation of the topic for this age level, and deserves consideration. --Denise L. Moll, Lone Pine Elem . School, West Bloomfield, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 What Is Dyslexia?p. 5
Chapter 2 Understanding Dyslexiap. 19
Chapter 3 Diagnosing Dyslexiap. 39
Chapter 4 Getting Helpp. 53
Glossaryp. 68
Further Resourcesp. 71
Indexp. 76
About the Authorp. 79