BOOK REVIEW: The Webber Family Bookshelf Reviews Every Least Sparrow by Carolyn Walker
Reviewed by Dorinda Kauzlarich-Rupe | The Webber Family Bookshelf | 2017 | Carolyn Walker, Every Least Sparrow (Garn Press, LLC, New York, 2017). Preface by Raoul Hennekam, Professor of Pediatrics and Translational Genetics.
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Author: Carolyn Walker
Book: Every Least Sparrow
Garn Press (226 pp.)
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Every Least Sparrow Book Review by Dorinda Kauzlarich-Rupe
“Many long minutes passed. They hung in the air between us like icicles. I finally broke the silence with a tirade of her symptoms, gleaned from the haze of post-delivery, but they made no more sense to him than they did to me. I watched while Don winced against the palate and spatula thumbs and beak nose. Then I bespoke the trickle down fear that had welled up inside me during the night. ‘Do you think you’ll be able to love her?’” (p. 14)
Author Carolyn Walker has been involved in many different writing venues, including as instructor, poet, memoirist, essayist, and reporter for newspapers and magazines. She has a great talent for painting pictures with words—whether a picture of a lovely scene or a heartbreak one. She brings you into the emotion of the moment and has, therefore, won numerous writing awards. She has an amazing command of the English language. I don’t think I have ever read anything that uses language as well as Walker uses it in this book.
This book tells the story of bringing her daughter, Jennifer, into the world and learning to live with and support her. Jennifer is diagnosed, after hours of research by the delivering physician, Dr. O’Neill, with the rare syndrome, Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome, which manifests itself with “beak noses, sloping eyes, jointless thumbs, and stymied IQs” (p 179).
It is a fascinating story as she shares of all the emotions of parenting a child with a disability—especially an unusual one–sharing the heartbreaks, celebrations, challenges, pain, and rewards, beginning with the birth and proceeding through all the life stages and experiences to the time when Jennifer leaves her parental home to live her own life in her own special home, supervised by a non-family woman.
This is a beautifully written book, easy to read and highly recommended. The reader becomes absorbed in the lives of Carolyn and of Jennifer—at least I did!
Carolyn Walker, Kresge Artist Fellow in the Literary Arts
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Five Star Amazon Book Reviews
“Every Least Sparrow” is one of those rare books that combines honesty, depth, tears and laughter. Carolyn Walker unflinchingly tackles the subject of raising a challenged child. There are intimate scenes of every aspect of family life centering on the raising of Jennifer, who brings her own bright spirit into all that she touches. It’s such lyrical writing about such a difficult subject, that I couldn’t put it down.” – Amazon Customer, AMAZON
“Every Least Sparrow has, among moments of trepidation and sorrow, incredible moments of joy and brilliance. It’s an account of love and amazement. It reminds me that, as parents, we we wish the best for the children, and hope that they will grow to be wise, but their existence and purpose in life is their own, and the way they view the world is independent from us. The best we can do is nurture and love them and then let them fly.” – Amazon Customer, AMAZON
“A wonderful story that chronicles the joys and sorrows of parenting a disabled child. You realize Jennifer is a child filled with love for others and enjoys life to its fullest. The story will leave you feeling hopeful! I highly recommend it!” – Amazon Customer, AMAZON
“This is a very touching and heart-felt story that reveals both the anguish and the deep love and joy of caring for a sweet disabled child. It is surprisingly uplifting and is amazingly honest and very readable. I highly recommend this great book.” – Amazon Customer, AMAZON
“Nurses, special education teachers, physicians-especially pediatricians, counselors, social workers, and clergy will all learn from the experiences of this family. I have given copies to hospital administrators and health care decision makers to help them better understand the needs of those people with special needs. Finally, this book chronicles an important time in how we treat people with special needs..” – Amazon Customer, AMAZON
“Great read you will find yourself inspired by Jennifer and her family. This book would make a wonderful addition to any medical or nursing school experience.” – Amazon Customer, AMAZON
“What a wonderful book! I could feel all the ups and downs of raising a child with special needs and my heart just exploded with joy as Jennifer grew-up. Through it all I fell in love with Jennifer and was so engaged with her parents and their trials and tribulations. It was an engaging read and anyone who has raised a child with special needs will definitely relate to this book.” – Amazon Customer, AMAZON
“Kudos to Carolyn Walker, Jennifer’s mother, for writing a book that is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. I was so impressed with her ability to write with such honesty and love. This is such a beautiful story of Faith, Hope, and Love — “Faith to keep believing without seeing; hope to carry on when life seems dark; and Love that hangs around though problems do abound.” What an amazing family. What an amazing book. I definitely recommend Every Least Sparrow.” – Amazon Customer, AMAZON
“Ms. Walker is a talented writer and her family story is all the better for it. A challenged child also challenges our capacity for joyousness … beautifully written . This is a must read not only for those who live with or work with special people but also those who appreciate a good book!” – Amazon Customer, AMAZON
“Every Least Sparrow is heartbreaking, funny, and uplifting. Carolyn Walker tells her story with unflinching honesty and a notable absence of self-pity or melodrama. Beautifully written, a compelling read.” – Amazon Customer, AMAZON
“Beautifully written, an inspiring story of a mothers search for answers. Would be a helpful guide for anyone dealing with the unexpected consequences of a disabled child.” – Amazon Customer, AMAZON
“This book is so honest and raw and beautiful. It gives you an intimate, real-life view of a family riding the waves of raising and living with a special needs child. It is both joyful and heartbreaking. This book is an inspiring read for parents and families with special needs children and, truly, a wonderfully shared journey that will capture and uplift any reader.” – Amazon Customer, AMAZON
“Grace, courage and steadfast love is what you’ll find in Carolyn Walker’s new book. Unflinchingly truthful and at times emotionally wrenching, Walker describes growing up her daughter Jennifer, with RT syndrome, to independent living. This is a beautifully written many-layered book of family survival.” – Amazon Customer, AMAZON