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One Small Boat: The Story of a Little Girl, Lost Then Found

One Small Boat The Story of a Little Girl Lost Then Found This story of one little girl s journey through our foster care system forms an intimate portrait of foster care in America and the children whose lives are forever shaped by it Augusten Burroughs cal

  • Title: One Small Boat: The Story of a Little Girl, Lost Then Found
  • Author: Kathy Harrison
  • ISBN: 9781585424658
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This story of one little girl s journey through our foster care system forms an intimate portrait of foster care in America and the children whose lives are forever shaped by it Augusten Burroughs called Kathy Harrison s memoir Another Place at the Table a riveting and profoundly moving story of a hero, disguised as an everyday woman In One Small Boat, Harrison tellsThis story of one little girl s journey through our foster care system forms an intimate portrait of foster care in America and the children whose lives are forever shaped by it Augusten Burroughs called Kathy Harrison s memoir Another Place at the Table a riveting and profoundly moving story of a hero, disguised as an everyday woman In One Small Boat, Harrison tells the story of one little girl who arrived on her doorstep, and describes how caring for this child was an experience that challenged everything she thought she knew about foster care parenting and the needs of the children she shelters Daisy was five when she arrived in Harrison s bustling home Mother of three children by birth and three by adoption, and with a handful of foster kids always coming and going, Harrison had ten children under her roof at any given time But Daisy was in many ways unique Daisy s birth mother wasn t poor, uneducated, or drug addicted She simply couldn t bring herself to take care of her little girl, and the effects on the child were heartrending Daisy was unwilling to eat even frightened of it and seemed to have a severe speech impediment After two weeks in Kathy s loving home, however, Daisy began to thrive What had happened to her And how can a foster care parent give back all that has been taken from a child like Daisy knowing that she might leave one day very soon Harrison had seen many children pass through her doors, but this one touched her in a way she didn t immediately understand One Small Boat will be of deep interest to anyone who has nurtured and cared for a child or anyone interested in the intricate web that is our social welfare system.

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    1. It seems curmudgeonly of me not to like a book about a kind and dedicated foster mother who takes in damaged children and works tirelessly to heal them, I know. And I do applaud Ms. Harrison for her priceless work as a foster parent, but judging the book and not the person, I have to say eh.The story is a combo of sticky sweet (watch me make cookies and soup and cookies again and kiss boo-boos and have sensitive heart-to-hearts, not like those BAD mommies) and Law & Order SVU voyeuristic ick [...]


    2. This is a powerful book that gives the reader a glimpse of the heartbreak so many children endure in our country's foster care system and the special people who make a difference as foster parents.


    3. I LOVED this book. It was so inspiring. I truly admire this author and her heart. She has figured out the meaning of unconditional love through her actions.


    4. One Small Boat focuses on the real life of a foster mother. She lives with her husband, Bruce, and their children. They have children of their own and have also adopted. On top of that, they take in more children in need. Kathy mentions at times how she doesn't know why she chose such a crazy life for only seventeen dollars a day, but then she sees special children and the impact she can make on them. Special children like Daisy.Daisy was first put in foster care voluntarily by her mother. She c [...]


    5. Ever think about becoming a foster parent or legal guardian to a child? This book should be something you read before taking that on. Hopefully it will not talk you out of becoming a foster parent because the book doesn't try to do that. It is utterly truthful on the hardships for the children, social workers, foster & biological families. At times Kathy Harrison is a little on the sappy side but I like her. She gets shit done. She's an amazing advocate for these children stuck in the system [...]


    6. This book reads more like a series of blog posts smushed together. Kathy Harrison is not really a writer in the traditional sense, and occasionally that was distracting. But ultimately, her story about her experiences as a foster parent is so authentic and honest about both the good and the bad that I read it from start to finish in about 2 days. As a parent who adopted from foster care, I was really moved in particular by her insights into how quickly we parents forget what "typical" looks like [...]


    7. Amazing, amazing, amazing! This is a women who knows hurt children inside and out. Anyone who is considering fostering or wants to know more about foster care should read this book and Another Place At The Table. Kathy shows that there are truly heroes in the child welfare system.



    8. Absolutely loved this book. I read it in one day and just couldn't pit it down. I admire foster parents, especially ones that take care of special needs children.This book is about numerous children who have been abused, have tourettes and or other issues. Kathy and her husband Bruce take in children who need help and sometimes those children find a nice adoptive couple. Daisy is a young girl who flaps her arms and screams all the time. She was raped by her mother's boyfriend and she's traumatiz [...]


    9. Den bortlämnade flickan, 2006:En lättläst och engagerande berättelse om hur det är att vara fostermor. Men hur är det möjligt att vara en bra förälder för tio barn samtidigt , barn som dessutom har svåra psykiska problem? Och hinna skriva två böcker i ämnet! Och hinna med att gå i kyrkan varje söndag! Hm, men boken rekommenderas.


    10. I could not put this book down. Read it in one day. It was such a personal and poignant view from a foster mother. You could truly feel connected to the author. Can't wait to read more of her writing!


    11. Brutally Honest I am thankful for the author's honesty: she admits to hard truths about times she messed up. I admire her hope and perseverance, and I'm so thankful for the role she played in so many children's lives. Very inspirational. And sobering.



    12. If you are considering fostering, I would recommend this book! Warning: there are some difficult stories about the children that come into her care.


    13. 4.5 starsAnother great book by foster mom Kathy Harrison. Her writing is very fluid, and I got through this book in a matter of hours, despite the hard topic and the need to stop reading and just think for several moments.What I love most about her stories is that she is very transparent about her flaws. She doesn't claim to be the "perfect" mom and readily admits areas where she made the wrong decision, or at least not the best one. She doesn't do this in a self-deprecating or even falsely humb [...]


    14. I loved this book - and I wasn't expecting to, because I didn't love her other book I read "Another Place at the Table". With this book, however, I feel like she hit a home run. I found it to be a believable account of life in a foster home -- albeit she did come across very good in her reactions to things, and if that is how she truly is, oh, how wonderful for those kids! There are so few good foster homes out there, that the good ones often get overwhelmed with requests for placements. Daisy a [...]


    15. Kathy Harrison, along with her husband and family, has cared for more than 120 foster children. The Harrisons have three biological children and three more that they adopted, yet they still continue to open their home to neglected and abused children. This book is purportedly about one foster child in particular, a little girl named Daisy. But really the book is more about the time in their lives when Daisy was a part of their family, as there is just as much written about the other children as [...]


    16. My friend Nina recommended this book. I always take Nina's recommendations because she reads great books. This was no exception. In general, this is an autobiography of sorts written by a foster-care mother who has provided a safe home for many many kids. It is a quick read, moves really easily through the chapters, the children are portrayed so nicely and it is well written. I took a few things away from my reading. I learned a lot about foster care and the possibilities of the system. This wom [...]


    17. I hover between thinking this book was just OK and liking it. It is a memoir, so there isn't any particular story to be told through it - though I was expecting there to be. I thought this book would be focused on a little girl and her problems while living with this family. It was about that, but the focus was more on the foster mother and the revolving door of children coming through their home during the time that this little girl also lived there. So, the book wasn't exactly what I expected. [...]


    18. Wow, another really great book by Kathy. Both of her books were easy reads for me. This book was a little more emotional for me, especially the end and how Kathy dealt with ultimately giving the daughter she hoped to adopt back to her dad. A fascinating look at the world of foster care. Usually you hear about the bad, but you do not hear about the good people who work hard to care for these children. The stories of the children in both of her books were just so heartbreaking, and happy at the sa [...]


    19. At first read I liked this a lot. I read it in one day because it was so engaging. The story is just as much about the whole family as it is about the one little girl. It's also a tribute to the foster parents in the USA who change the lives of these children.But after I gave it a few days to simmer in my unconscious, it seemed a little too self-congratulatory. I hate saying that because this woman IS doing an amazing job (at least so it looks). She's brave to show her fallibility. But I think i [...]


    20. I almost wish I hadn't read this right on the heels of her other book, because they were quite similar. I enjoyed them both anyway - really this just seemed like a continuation of Another Place at the Table, only more focused on a single child's effect on the family. The experiences of children in foster care are just so incomprehensible, and the courage and energy it takes to parent them is astronomical. I really appreciated Harrison's attitude towards bio moms, and that she really did all she [...]


    21. While parenting seven children of their own, Kathy and Bruce Harrison have taken in hundreds of foster children over the course of their lives. Some stay for months, some for days. Some come unnanounced due to dire circumstances. Part of the reason she wrote this book was to let the world know that the foster homes that make the news with stories of horror and abuse are in the minority. As I read the book, I realized that Kathy and Bruce have a gift of comforting, counseling and loving hurt and [...]


    22. A very touching account of one woman’s experience providing foster care to abused and neglected children. There narrative centers around a child named Daisy who makes a big impact on her foster family and her foster mom, Kathy, in particular. This isn’t an analysis of the nuts and bolts of foster care and adoption nor is it a critique of the foster system. It’s simply a narrative of her day to day dealings with Daisy and her other children and the feelings Kathy experiences as her relation [...]


    23. Such a powerful story of mother's experience as a foster parent and one particular little girl who entered her family's life. My heart broke into a million pieces for these children who have often suffered unspeakable evils at the hands of those who should be taking care of them. Well written and very honest. I would've loved to hear a little bit more about the impact of the foster children on her biological children. I believe she has another published book about this subject that I will defini [...]


    24. A wonderful book written by an amazing woman who with her husband has fostered many, many children and adopted several as well. I am in awe of this woman who has such a heart for the many children that go through the heartbreak of losing their families and growing up in foster care. She concentrates mainly on two girls - one her adopted daughter Karen who develops Tourette's syndrome and the other a litte waif , Daisy, that came to their home with a myriad of diagnosis' and medications and flowe [...]


    25. The author of this book has been a foster care mother for many years, and she doesn't back off from the "difficult" cases. Kathy Harrison is very candid about the pros and cons of fostering. Harrison gives some startling statistics and shares some difficult to read true stories about children she had in her foster care. This story focuses specifically on three girls she and her husband took in, Daisy in particular who had been sexually abused. No mother likes to read about such disgusting things [...]


    26. Overall a quick, easy read except for the whole "horrors experienced by children resulting in placement with a foster family" thing. But if you've picked up this book, you're probably okay with reading about that. Some of the exposition about the child welfare system was forced but in a memoir there aren't too many ways to convey the information seamlessly. That same information makes this a good recommendation for those considering becoming a foster family. And though I'm not coming to this boo [...]


    27. A well written, interesting book about one mother's experiences with her various foster children. It primarily tells the story of one little girl named Daisy. While I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the foster care system and ached to do something to help, I was shocked at some of the situations that were described. I felt like it was tastefully done but of course any book about foster care is going to be somewhat disturbing. If you are sensitive to this kind of thing, consider yourself warned [...]


    28. This is an amazing woman. She allows her love to be shared by many children, and she is honest in her description of heart aches and triumphs.I have been a foster parent and plan on doing so again in the future. Kathy is brutally honest and fair. She doesnt make things look rosy or simple. Loving children and then letting them go is one of the most painfull process' in the world. There are so few us willing to step outside our safety zones and truly care about others. This mother and father real [...]


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