Ivan Gets a Dream House - A young boy dreams beyond his circumstances
For every child who has a dream; this story is worth reading
- Yvonne Palmer, Teacher of the Year,
Irvington School District 2010
This book, Ivan Gets A Dream House, captures the essence of the plight of many in our communities today -- homelessness. Although I consider this to be one of the darkest periods imaginable for an individual to face, particularly with children, the author has managed to paint a ray of hope throughout the story.
The mother is portrayed with pride and self-respect. Even in moments of despair, she never crushes the dreams of her children. In fact, she is the catalyst for the realization of their dreams. The author allows people to see the humanistic side of poverty and homelessness.
Excerpted from the Foreword written by Audrey Lassiter
Irvington Public Schools
Early Childhood Supervisor
Autism Inspires!- Hope as a Parent's Savior
My son and I are extremely blessed and appreciative that we could have Ms. Lena as a teacher. Her passion and dedication are from the heart and thus translate into her work with children. She does everything to make sure the parents are involved in this tremendous yet rewarding experience of educating these children
- Mrs. Philomena Kaba, Parent
I found these stories funny, inspiring and comforting. It's an easy and relatable read. All of the future readers will enjoy these inspiring stories. Thank you for sharing
- Jamilah T. Deans, Parent
Expect to benefit greatly from this book. It is filled with real experiences that the number- one teacher in the district for 2011, encounters while working daily with autistic children. This book shows that Lena McCalla believes that every child is a gift that we are given and that each child can learn in his or her own way. Lena’s optimism and belief in each of these children proved to be a ray of hope for many families.
Excerpted from the Foreword written by By Teresitia Walters, MA, MPA, Doctoral Candidate. Student Development Specialist/Founder of Autism Awake
Seton Hall University, South Orange NJ