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A Special Kind of Hero: The Star of "Life Goes On" Tells His Rermarkable Story - Chris Burke's Own Story

Burke, Chris and Jo Beth McDaniel

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ISBN 10: 0385416458 / ISBN 13: 9780385416450
Editorial: Doubleday, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1991
Condición: Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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"Today, Chris is the co-star of the hit ABC series 'Life Goes On,' and his work has singlehandedly transformed America's image of the mentally handicapped. He has become an inspiration to thousands of disabled children and their families. With poiganant honesty, Chris's teachers, family, and colleagues discuss the joys and pratfalls of life with Chris. And Chris, with his characteristic optimism, talks about his growing up with the condition he has termed 'Up Syndrome' as he shares stories about his family, his work with the disabled, and his role as Corky Thatcher." This book has 248 pages and is illustrated. The book is a SIGNED copy from both authors, Chris Burke and Jo Beth McDaniel. N° de ref. de la librería 033472

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Título: A Special Kind of Hero: The Star of "Life ...

Editorial: Doubleday, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Año de publicación: 1991

Encuadernación: Hard Cover

Condición del libro:Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author

Edición: First Printing

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The star of television's "Life Goes On" describes the encouragement his family gave him in his dream to become an actor

From Kirkus Reviews:

Awkwardly told tale of how one family raised a Down's syndrome child to achieve far beyond expectations. Despite Burke's name as primary author and the implication of the subtitle, this story is not told in his own words (with the exception of three very brief sections), nor is it an ``as told to''; this is journalist McDaniel's overwritten account of how the Burkes raised their handicapped son and how he realized his childhood ambition to become an actor. Against all odds, Burke has become a star of the TV series Life Goes On--in which he portrays a high-school student with Down's syndrome--a role model for others, and a spokesperson for various organizations promoting the rights of the handicapped. Unfortunately, although McDaniel, a former Life correspondent, exhibits considerable zeal in researching Burke's life story, she shows limited ability to select the significant detail. She seems to have spoken to--and quoted--nearly everyone who has ever known him, even when their observations and insights were obviously limited: e.g., teachers' aides, former classmates, co-workers at the public school where he once ran an elevator, even a guest star on Life Goes On. From them come such comments as: ``He was quite a kid''; ``He was a good kid: he didn't bother anyone''; ``He knew how to get his words across and everything.'' It is difficult to believe that even readers with Down's syndrome family members will not tire of the Burke minutiae (Chris's words on first meeting Dan Ackroyd: ``Hi, Dan!''). On the plus side, the final chapter contains useful information on the syndrome and puts Burke's life into perspective. The story of how ordinary people met extraordinary demands and how a special child became an unexpected success, marred in the telling by repetition and overattention to trivia. (Twenty- five b&w photographs--not seen.) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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