The Orchid and the Dandelion: Why Some Children Struggle and How All Can Thrive Audiobook, by W. Thomas Boyce Play Audiobook Sample

The Orchid and the Dandelion: Why Some Children Struggle and How All Can Thrive Audiobook

The Orchid and the Dandelion: Why Some Children Struggle and How All Can Thrive Audiobook, by W. Thomas Boyce Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Fred Sanders Publisher: Random House Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: January 2019 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780147521910

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72:10 minutes

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06 seconds

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34:39 minutes

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From one of the world's foremost researchers and pioneers of pediatric health--a book that offers hope and a pathway to success for parents, teachers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and child development experts coping with "difficult" children, fully exploring the author's revolutionary discovery about childhood development, parenting, and the key to helping all children find happiness and success.

"Based on groundbreaking research that has the power to change the lives of countless children--and the adults who love them."

--Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts.

     In Tom Boyce's extraordinary new book, he explores the "dandelion" child (hardy, resilient, healthy), able to survive and flourish under most circumstances, and the "orchid" child (sensitive, susceptible, fragile), who, given the right support, can thrive as much as, if not more than, other children.

     Boyce writes of his pathfinding research as a developmental pediatrician working with troubled children in child-development research for almost four decades, and explores his major discovery that reveals how genetic make-up and environment shape behavior. He writes that certain variant genes can increase a person's susceptibility to depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and antisocial, sociopathic, or violent behaviors. But rather than seeing this "risk" gene as a liability, Boyce, through his daring research, has recast the way we think of human frailty, and has shown that while these "bad" genes can create problems, they can also, in the right setting and the right environment, result in producing children who not only do better than before but far exceed their peers. Orchid children, Boyce makes clear, are not failed dandelions; they are a different category of child, with special sensitivities and strengths, and need to be nurtured and taught in special ways. And in The Orchid and the Dandelion, Boyce shows us how to understand these children for their unique sensibilities, their considerable challenges, their remarkable gifts.

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“Parents and teachers…will be touched by this book. The well-being of their children and their students will reap enormous benefits from what Boyce can teach us all about the valleys and the mountaintops of child development.”

— Jack P. Shonkoff, MD, director, Center for the Developing Child, Harvard University 


  • “Seriously good…A wonderfully fine writer. His humanity and warmth inform his evidence-based insights, and his clear strong prose and poetic sensitivity make his stories compelling.”

    — Psychology Today


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About W. Thomas Boyce

W. Thomas Boyce, MD, is a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry and head of the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. He is also codirector of the Child and Brain Development Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He lives with his wife in San Francisco.

About Fred Sanders

Fred Sanders, an actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator, has received critics’ praise for his audio narrations that range from nonfiction, memoir, and fiction to mystery and suspense. He been seen on Broadway in The Buddy Holly Story, in national tours for Driving Miss Daisy and Big River, and on such television shows as Seinfeld, The West Wing, Will and Grace, Numb3rs,Titus, and Malcolm in the Middle. His films include Sea of Love, The Shadow, and the Oscar-nominated short Culture. He is a native New Yorker and Yale graduate.