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From Mrs. Thompson, the teacher, to Frederick, the class guinea pig, everything about second grade seems good to Carolyn. But when the class starts practicing the slants and curves of cursive writing, she finds it difficult and her happiness evaporates. Detailing her frustrations and contrasting her struggles with a classmate s easy success, this picture book reflects experiences familiar to many young students. Carolyn s sympathetic teacher puts things in perspective, telling her that when it comes to writing, ideas and emotions are much more important than slants and curves. Designed to encourage children, books in the Adventures of Everyday Geniuses series tell stories of students who struggle in some respects, while excelling in others. Bright with colorful washes, the cartoonlike drawings clearly express the characters emotions.

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Barbara Esham

Author Barbara Esham was one of those kids who couldn't resist performing a pressure test on a pudding cup. She has always been a "free association" thinker, finding life far more interesting while in a state of abstract thought. Barbara lives on the East Coast with her three daughters. Together, in Piagetian fashion, they have explored the ideas and theories behind the definitions of intelligence, creativity, learning, and success. Barb researches and writes from her home office, in the spare time available between car pools, homework, and bedtime.

Author Barbara Esham's travels to visit school from Alabama to Alaska! classroom presentations explore the ideas and theories behind the definitions of intelligence, creativity, learning, and success. While discussing the struggles and strengths of her book characters, she enthusiastically involves the students along the way, creating a positive and mindful experience for all.

Barbara reaches a wide spectrum of ages, from preschoolers to high school students and adults. Sprinkled with humor, inspirational insights and candid personal accounts, her presentations have shown success in motivating students to confidently work through struggle, and strive toward achieving their own personal goals.

Author visit contact page can be found at www.theadventuresofeverydaygeniuses.com

Barbara's book series, The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses, can be found in many libraries ---even the University Library shelves of Princeton, Stanford and Yale! The series has been recognized by the American Library Association /Booklist Review 2008, is an Academics' Choice, Parents' Choice, and Mom's Choice Award Winner, and is highlighted in the book, Tender Topics: Picture Books About Childhood Challenges, published by The American Library Association.

Barbara's book series, The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses, received the 2008 Parents' Choice Awards, were featured on the American Library Association Booklist, and listed on the Reading Rockets Recommended Readings. In addition, Ms. Esham speaks and headlines numerous conferences and education events including the National Association of Gifted Children Conference, SENG, and the State of Maryland International Reading Association Council.

In addition to the reviews and endorsements, The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses has been highlighted in the following publications:
Last to Finish, A Story About the Smartest Boy in Math Class is highlighted as a resource in the book, Literacy Math = Creative Connections in the Elementary Classroom by Jennifer L. Altieri, Published by The International Reading Association.
The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses book series is highlighted as a resource in the book, Disabilities and Disorders in Literature for Youth: A Selective Annotated Bibliography for K-12 by Alice Croset

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