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

Little People Learning to See the World Through My Daughter s Eyes A week after her birth in 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
  • Title: Little People: Learning to See the World Through My Daughter's Eyes
  • Author: DanKennedy
  • ISBN: 9781579546687
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Little People: Learning to See the World Through My Daughter's Eyes
    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 physicaA 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 physical differences In Little People, award winning journalist Dan Kennedy explores dwarfism from ancient times, when dwarfs held an honored position in some cultures, to modern days when they were featured in freak shows and treated as human guinea pigs by Nazi scientists While sharing his own poignant experiences, Kennedy works in wonderful passages about dwarf subculture, including the fever pitch of the dating scene during the annual Little People of America convention, and the caste system that exists among those with different varieties of the condition Kennedy profiles individuals whose small stature has helped them to succeed, and others who have allowed themselves to be exploited and abused But the most controversial ground covered in the book is the author s hard look at medical screening procedures, or designer genetics, that already make it possible for parents to eliminate differences ranging from dwarfism to Down syndrome and could soon target genetic traits such as manic depression and homosexuality While it is true that there has never been a better time for those who are outside the mainstream, whether one is wheelchair bound, mentally challenged, or gay, it is also clear that most parents do not wish these differences for their own children Kennedy argues that there is a cultural value to preserving differences, and that eliminating them may harm society in unpredictable ways.
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  • DanKennedy

    Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name If adding books to this author, please use Dan Kennedy.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 Press

  • 442 Comments

  • 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 of [...]


  • 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.


  • This is going to be the summer reading book for the entire school this summer It s an interesting read, and 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 acceptable Matt Rolloff from the show Little P [...]


  • 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 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 terror o [...]


  • 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 of a journey through her eyes if it was written later in her life where she could comment on how she felt about certain issues But this book really shouldn t b [...]


  • 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 interesting includes a discussion of eugenics, abortion and genetic engineering, as each relates to disabilities, diversity and differences An intelligent book.


  • An interesting look at one family s struggle with dwarfism, as well as a cultural review of dwarfism through history.



  • 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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