Stephanie Lerner's "Kids Who Think Outside The Box" Book Assembles Over 30 of The World's "Living Legends" to Discuss Success

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Paul McCartney, Mayor Bloomberg, Spike Lee, Internet Founder..Vint Cerf, Olympic Athletes, Nobel Prize Winners, Academy Award Winners, Disney Teacher of the Year, Authors, all personally wrote their stories on becoming their "personal best..to make this book shine.

Whether it’s a matter of their prodigious talent, awesome intellect, highly developed social conscience, or dynamic personality, some kids just seem born to be extraordinary. How can parents nurture a child’s uniqueness without sacrificing the natural development and magic of a “normal” childhood?    

The mother of three children, including a 12-year-old astronomer and rocket designer, Stephanie Lerner faced that question and challenge on a daily basis. For help, she turned to the leading experts on the subject: exceptional achievers in the arts, the sciences, business, politics, education, and sports who got their start as exceptional kids. In KIDS WHO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX: Helping Your Unique Child Thrive in a Cookie-Cutter World ( AMACOM; April 12, 2005; $15.00 Paperback ), Lerner shares the stories of 31 living legends and eminent achievers, who share their insights and advice for raising extraordinary kids.    

Representing a striking array of remarkable people, the first-person narratives include:

· Academy Award-nominated director, producer, and actor Spike Lee on being instilled with self-confidence. “It’s a parent’s job to expose their kids to the world around them and what it offers. Kids don’t know what they can do unless they are exposed to it.”

· Goldman Sachs Vice Chairman Robert D. Hormats on recognizing your strengths and running your own race. “In life, the challenge and the thrill is not to succeed at easy things – it is to succeed at difficult things.”

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· New York City mayor and former Bloomberg LLP Chief Executive Michael R. Bloomberg on the importance of precise observation and careful listening, as well as his debt to Boy Scout camp. “It was the time I learned to be both self-sufficient and, simultaneously, to live and work with others.”

· South Pole Explorer Tori Murden McClure on patience, resourcefulness, and the legacy of growing up with a mentally handicapped brother. “I felt that I could make things better by doing things people admire…like rowing a boat across the Atlantic Ocean.”

Hockey legend Rod Gilbert, world-renowned heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, legally blind Iditarod sled dog musher Rachael Scdoris, and Paul McCartney are among the other superstar achievers spotlighted.

KIDS WHO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX culminates with a detailed, thoroughly researched directory of exceptional programs for exceptional kids. Organized according to various personality traits and inclinations, the selections span the country and offer something for budding entrepreneurs, historians, naturalists, inventors, artists, athletes, scientists, altruists, and leaders – from first graders to undergrads.

Deeply personal and widely applicable, KIDS WHO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX is a book for every adult devoted to tapping any child’s potential.

About the Author

Stephanie Lerner has produced programs for national and local radio and television. Her shows have included “Power Profiles,” “Time of Your Life,” and “Stephanie Lerner and Company.” The mother of three children, she lives in New York City..        

Title:            KIDS WHO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX: Helping Your Unique

Child Thrive in a Cookie-Cutter World

Author:        Stephanie Lerner

Publication Date:    April 12, 2005        

Price:            $15.00

Pages:            254            

ISBN:            0-8144-7275-3        

Published by AMACOM, a division of the American Management Association

Visit us online at http://www.amacombooks.org.

For review copies, call 212-903-8085. To order copies, call 800-714-6395.

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