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KIDS WHO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX is a point of reference

for parents, teachers, and all who are fortunate enough

to have or know a child who is unique in thought, spirit, and

personality. The book motivates and inspires through the

personal accounts of “living legends”—notably accomplished

individuals who have contributed their stories to this book—

who share with us the sources of motivation used to reach

their personal pinnacle.

The book is comprised of three distinct parts. In the first

section, we look at “who is the kid that thinks outside the

box”; offer strategies for parents, teachers, and guidance counselors;

and discuss the importance of embracing a child’s

differences. We then lay the essential groundwork for bringing

out the most in a child who, one day, may be an eminent

achiever.

The second part of the book consists of personally written

contributions from world-renowned individuals describing

what inspired them to reach their personal highpoint and

present level of accomplishment. The insights and perspectives

of these distinctive innovators and pioneers illustrate the

limitless opportunities and possibilities that life has to offer.

The third part of the book is an information bank—a

reference for identifying and locating unique programs for the

exceptional child who has no interest in the cookie-cutter

programs that appeal to the average child. I say it’s a point of

reference because it combines the characteristics of a typical

reference book with insights essential to identifying the special

programs that will contribute to your child’s growth and

enhance his or her potential.

Last, Kids Who Think Outside the Box is for my twelveyear-

old son Morgen, the astronomer, rocket designer, and

builder, who has taken our family to planets and destinations

we never would have visited. He is one interesting kid, who

“thinks outside the box.”

Stephanie Lerner