SUE ELLEN by Edith Fisher Hunter

SUE ELLEN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

How a special class and sensibly benevolent adults can help a backward child--here undernourished, untutored, unkempt Sue Ellen, slowly (she's eight) learning the alphabet and social patterns and losing her fearfulness during a year under Miss Kelly's aegis. Her background is a case study in destructive deprivation--six kids in total disorder: no scheduled meals or continuous sleep, no kind words or even conversation--and the story boils down to this bad example and the good example of those who would nudge her family along and better her lot. Though her plight evokes sympathy and her small triumphs satisfaction, she's a pawn in an exemplary lesson: ""Thank you for helping us to help ourselves"" one of the ""special"" children is coached to say publicly.

Pub Date: Oct. 23rd, 1969
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin