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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (302 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rafe Esquith Narrator: James Yaegashi Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781440774805
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An award-winning educator and the New York Times bestselling author of Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire, Rafe Esquith knows a thing or two about connecting with today’s young people. Here he offers parents sound, proven advice on raising children ready to thrive in the twenty-first century. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Celebrating his young students’ everyday accomplishments, Esquith outlines the struggles and stakes that face them all, while making teaching (and learning) look easy.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An inspiring, helpful resource.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jena Gardner | 2/8/2014

    " Not sure if he should canonized or if I hate him for setting a bar so high. Should teaching require such sacrifice? Sometimes it makes me feel like teachers are asked for more than is reasonable...not for the money, but because there is an endless pit of need in education and the answer these days always seems to be that I (as the teacher) should be doing more. If education is a partnership, more than one member of the partnership should be chipping in to make this a success. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marla | 2/5/2014

    " Says a lot of things you know about raising kids, but sometimes forget why they are so important. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DaNette | 2/1/2014

    " I liked the principles presented in this book. Raising kids to be respectful and curious. The author, a renowned teacher from CA, struck me as an arrogant know it all. He would also make blanket statements that would often have no basis or proof, they were based purely on his personal beliefs and or judgements. I liked the idea of his book, and coming from another author I may have loved it but he was a little hard for me to swallow at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lara | 1/24/2014

    " This is an easy, inspiring read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal Withem | 1/12/2014

    " I thought this was a pretty good book. I really didn't agree with all of his suggests, but I did agree with most and figured out that I was doing some of his suggests already. I am not sure if and when I become a teacher I will make my students watch the movies he suggested, but he does have good ideas. Nice read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 1/12/2014

    " Totally loving this book so far! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky Wandell | 1/11/2014

    " Rafe Esquith always provides me with enough inspiration and gumption to get my classroom started each year with the soul goal to raise whole children and citizens of the world. This ended up being a more of a parent-guide, and overall I still liked "Teach Like Your Hair's On Fire" better. But I liked his philosopy on what a child needs to learn in order to become... "extraordinary". This gave me a good framework for future class meetings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 1/6/2014

    " Great read - a must for any parent! Wonderful suggestions on teaching children some of the more abstract concepts like decision making, selflessness, humility, and the value of delayed gratification. This one is worth buying to keep on your shelf at home and use frequently! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy Neely | 1/2/2014

    " Much of Esquith's suggestions about raising kids is common-sense stuff (turn off the TV, read to them, encourage them to pick up a musical instrument, and so on), but this quick read is worth skimming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 12/31/2013

    " This is a great book for parents and teachers. It's very motivational--but not in a make-you-feel-guilty way. I don't agree with some of his media selections, but his main points are right on target. Definitely worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue Mauersberg | 12/29/2013

    " Decent read and a nice dose of inspiration, even though some of the ideas are unrealistic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 12/27/2013

    " Interesting perspective on what kids need to be extraordinary. Got some good ideas. Worth a look. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 12/19/2013

    " Excellent parenting resource! Gives wonderful and specific ideas on how to raise and educate your children towards being extraordinary. This will have a permanent place on our bookshelf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Bayles | 12/15/2013

    " You have to laugh, or you'd cry. An often horrifyingly humorous account of why children are so badly behaved, and why so many awful adults are wandering the streets. When did repellent behavior become so commonplace? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larissa Prara | 12/9/2013

    " This book is amazing! The way he tied in their trip to a baseball game with everything else was very good. He has great ideas and I want to use them when I teach my small group. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey | 11/19/2013

    " Again, I think the books makes a teacher feel like she/he has dedicate all aspects of life and time to teaching. I just personally don't know if that is healthy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sabrina | 8/10/2013

    " This is a teacher that I wish my kids could have had. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 6/5/2013

    " Excellent reading for any parent or teacher. His conversational writing style makes for a quick and easy read. His bottom line--raising great kids isn't easy, but it's worth the effort. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cherie | 3/11/2013

    " Well-written and thoughtful book. Makes me miss the classroom. Teachers and parents will benefit from Esquith's experience and insights. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MR. D. | 12/27/2012

    " Lighting Their Fires was written for parents. I thought the baseball game narrative mixed in with his ideas about raising children worked well, and I really liked his movie suggestions. If you haven't read his other books I think this one does a nice job of going over many of his big ideas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Wilson | 6/1/2012

    " Good motivational books for teachers and parents to provide their children with the right attitude and direction to succeed in school and life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 2/23/2012

    " Gave some good insite on how we can help our children. I enjoyed the base storyline and how the information was presented thru the examples given. Quick easy read. Worth the time to check it out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Reese | 12/19/2011

    " good perspectives on what the goals of raising my kids are "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janssen | 11/1/2011

    " My least favorite of his. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan Wickham | 10/20/2011

    " How to be a great, smart, respectable person is taught and children can learn much more than most parents believe. Read it. You may not love every piece of advice but parts will resonate for years to come. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leanne | 3/27/2011

    " This is Esquith's philosophies on parenting and teaching summarized through the experience of a night at a Dodger's baseball game. His commitment to kids inspires me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 3/12/2011

    " Gave some good insite on how we can help our children. I enjoyed the base storyline and how the information was presented thru the examples given. Quick easy read. Worth the time to check it out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 3/6/2011

    " I listened to this book and I think my lack of enthusiasm for this book might be my dislike of the narrators voice. This book is really just common sense advice that all of us have heard so I'm not sure I would recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/28/2011

    " Such a great read. I recommend it to all parents, regardless of the age of their children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marla | 9/22/2010

    " Says a lot of things you know about raising kids, but sometimes forget why they are so important. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 9/11/2010

    " Great book by a pretty amazing 5th grade teacher! Fantastic ideas of stories, books and films to share with your child to empower their humility, selflessness and self confidence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey | 8/9/2010

    " Again, I think the books makes a teacher feel like she/he has dedicate all aspects of life and time to teaching. I just personally don't know if that is healthy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimee (Onyx) | 7/21/2010

    " This is one of the best parenting books I've ever read. There is precious little in it with regard to rules and discipline, but a trove of ideas for raising motivated, bright, selfless children who strive for excellence in everything. Wow, wow, and WOW! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly | 7/20/2010

    " This is a great tool that gives you suggestions on how to raise extraordinary kids. I highly recommend this and Rafe's other books to teachers. Lighting Their Fires is great for parents, teachers, and youth pastors/workers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 6/16/2010

    " insightful, but not as good as his other two. There are No Shortcuts is my favorite. "

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About the Narrator

James Yaegashi has appeared in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway productions, film, and television roles. He was also a popular radio disc jockey in Japan. His voice-over credits include a featured role in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.