What people are saying

about Tell Me the Number before Infinity:

I learned so much about human nature reading this book that I forgot to worry about the disability of one co-author and the enormous frustrations of the other. It’s not that this exceptional mother-and-daughter team glosses anything over; they face all of it like warriors, with ingenuity and courage, and we learn a great deal from that, too. Rather it’s their focus on the power within that struck me to the core. It’s hearing myself laughing out loud at their beautiful sense of humor. It’s understanding through them that the strength it takes to face life head on can inspire readers like me, who feel genuinely renewed at book’s end. — Patricia Holt, former book review editor, San Francisco Chronicle

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Very powerful narrative in two voices. This book should be required reading for teachers and everyone in equity and critical disability studies. –Gloria Filax, Ph.D., Professor of Disability Studies, Athabasca University

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Tell Me the Number before Infinity is enlightening, moving, often funny, sometimes enraging, and just a plain old good read…. it’s a big thing to feel one’s life has been changed by something–and reading this book has done that for me. –Kathryn Chetkovich, author of Friendly Fire

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Tell Me the Number Before Infinity is a book I hope EVERY educator will have an opportunity to read…. It has been said that disability is the next civil rights movement. It is long overdue. I was inspired by their heartfelt writing and know that their book contributes to a needed understanding about disability, for all community members, but most especially for those who teach our children. — Susan Cushman, Family Support Director, United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon & SW Washington

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This is a surprising book — unsentimental, sparse, courageous and loving. Two remembered stories of lives impacted (but not defined) by cerebral palsy. A must-read for teachers, social workers and parents. It will change how you think about cerebral palsy and families. –Julie Olsen Edwards, Early Childhood & Family Life Education specialist, co-author, Anti-bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves, Cabrillo College faculty.

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I sat down to read a few chapters and could not put this book down….it tugged at my heart, made me laugh, infuriated me and gave me deeper and richer understanding of what it’s like to be in the world with a physical disability. I applaud these two strong women for their clarity, honesty and humor. –Helene Simkin Jara, author of Because I Had To and upcoming True Doll Stories

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I feel as though I were invited into Becky’s family. Dena shares intimate feelings as she experiences the challenges of raising an independent-minded daughter with cerebral palsy. As a teacher, being a part of Becky’s mathematical thinking is a rare treat. It’s fun experiencing Becky analyze the world around her. –Lynne Alper, mathematics educator

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Tell Me the Number before Infinity allowed me to walk into Becky and Dena’s life, sit down at their kitchen table, and listen to their story firsthand… and what a story it is! I picked the book up and did not put it down. This narrative is a gift for all allies of people with cerebral palsy. Teachers, parents, and counselors can use this book as a guide to make our spaces more welcoming, more supportive, more embracing of all of our “trailblazers.” –Kathryn Harmon, Library Media Specialist

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Quirky indeed! WILD indeed! Trailblazing disrupter Becky and her fiercely candid mama tell it like it really is. An amusing, thoughtful, and poetic memoir. A must-read for teachers, parents, and anyone navigating our increasingly diverse world…. This family truly taught me what it meant to be an advocate for one’s child…Undoubtedly my best math student ever, Becky arrived in my third-grade classroom and crashed into my heart forever. –Marcia Areias, Becky’s third-grade teacher

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Becky says that if she was different than she was, she wouldn’t think the way she does, and this is beautiful, important for everyone to think about. The back and forth layout between mother and daughter makes me eager to read the next piece. The great beauty of the book is that we experience the honest, blended lives and feelings of these two women, from different viewpoints that are very deeply intermingled. This is an important book. It carries strength, humor, and pain, and it will make a profound difference in people’s lives. –Stan Rushworth, author of Going to Water: The Journal of Beginning Rain

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This book is a much needed ‘reality check’ about what it is truly like for families with kids with special needs. It is unique in interpreting eloquently both parent’s and child’s perspectives, a must read for teachers, professionals and families alike! –Cece Pinheiro, Executive Director, Special Parents Information Network (SPIN)

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This book is relatable to everyone in the special needs community, and provides insight for those who are unfamiliar with the challenges and obstacles that are faced on a daily basis. The stories can help raise awareness which may lead to a more enlightened and informed community. –Barry Gardin, United Cerebral Palsy of the Golden Gate

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My 11-year-old stayed up all night finishing this book! I don’t think he could really articulate why he liked it so much, but I think he found it very inspirational and affirming, even if he wouldn’t have used those words. I highly recommend it for anyone whose kids are “different” in any way. –Ty Alper, Professor, U.C. Berkeley School of Law