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A Gift of Wonder A True Story Showing School as It Should Be by Kim Allsup Foreword by Patrice Maynard


240 pp.  
6" x 9"

Lindisfarne Books

Published:  September 2017

Can you remember the world of movement, wonder, and intense sensation that you lived in when you were six years old? Does education mean filling a bucket or does it mean lighting a fire?

In today’s predominant educational environment, where high-stakes testing and anxiety reign, it’s clear that the goal, though implicit, is to fill buckets. Kim Allsup would like us to start lighting fires—to stop treating children like empty buckets. She sees that the vital essence of education has been sucked out of most schools today; that we must strive, above all, to it bring back, and that the situation is indeed urgent. Nevertheless, this book contains no arguments; it is not a change-of-policy proposal, nor is it a polemical treatise.

Kim Allsup is a teacher and a teller of stories, and so this book, looking only at the surface, tells the story of the six years she spent as a teacher with her class. However, it does much more than that. Funny, poignant, moving, relatable, and, finally, life-affirming and hopeful, this memoir gently shows the way to an educational approach worthy of childhood—education rooted in wonder.

Wonder is a challenging word. It has been overused, abused, and commercialized, and its true definition is perhaps endangered. Yet, wonder is a uniquely human experience, and to stifle or remove it from the lives of our children is to court a barren and dismal future. Wonder remains alive, but we may need to be reminded of it. This story is a living reminder of the simple beauty of childhood wonder and our responsibility to the future—Never give it up!


    Working with Wonder
  1. Wonder
  2. Confidence
  3. Curiosity
  4. Attention
  5. Listening
  6. Resilience
  7. Gratitude
  8. Perspective
  9. Respect
  10. Nurturing
  11. Work
  12. Responsibility
  13. Inquiry
  14. Balance
  15. Insight
  16. Hope
  17. Friendship
  18. Freedom
  19. Experience
  20. Turning Point
  21. Awakening
  22. Healing
  23. Compassion
  24. Destiny
  25. Main Lessons
  26. Love
  27. Reflections
  28. School as It Should B