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I read this in one sitting, the London-based illustrator Beaumont’s memoir of the early years of her daughter Beth, who has, among other things, Down Syndrome. It is sometimes difficult me to read such books now because I went through something similar, as I have a son with (severe) autism (20, as of this writing), and it was unexpected (I have a tendency to want to say of course, but I suppose some people may get some indication early on of problems) that he would be born with special needs, we
Beaumont’s experience is almost excruciatingly honest as she cries for seemingly the first half of the book. Her husband, too. They are helpless with sadness, just crushed, but this is finally useful to see, because you just know she would not be doing this book if it were this cloyingly cute easy embrace of disabled children, even her own. It’s not how it works for most people, unfortunately. There’s a process of grieving you go through because you don’t get what you want, the perfect, normal child. And you know it is going to be hard for this kid, and you, it will be a challenge. And what happens when your child does not match your expectations? Beaumont has three other children, what some people might call “neuro-typical.”
The models for more productive responding to Beth’s disability are everywhere for Beaumont, though, people who find Beth adorable and beautiful and so on, teachers, friends, and especially Beth’s two older sisters, who refer at one point to their mother’s “writing her book about how inconvenient it is to have a disabled child.” Haw, burn, as kids would say! But Beaumont knows this point, finally, and knows she has to get to this point for herself and we who are her readers. It is hard to admit your kid with special needs is (among other things) a gift, but she is, and they are.
Beaumont’s drawing is good in this memoir, and the format allows for enough space to reflect a bit. Reflect on what? On parenting, if you are a parent. Or students, if you are a teacher. Or your little brother. Or anyone in the world you don’t immediately appreciate for who they are.
This is one of many books you have to check out from the new Graphic Medicine book series, that also did Degeneration (on Parkinson’s) and is doing so so many good things. I want to read each one as they come out.
I didn’t intend to read this book–but I picked it up at work and couldn’t put it down. The same thing happened to the coworker who catalogued this book. The graphic novel format is the most effective way to tell this story–it makes it emotionally moving in a way that a text only story never could be. The drawings are so fantastic, the words are almost not needed. It is so easy to empathize with this family and this child. It made me cry, but it’s not a sad story. Do yourself a favor and pick u