"You are responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose- (the wisdom of the little prince).

"What does that mean ""tame-?-.

"It is an act too often neglected,"" said the fox.

"It means to establish ties."".

" To establish ties'?-.

"Just that,"" said the fox. "To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you, I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world -.

"One only understands the things that one tames, " said the fox. "Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy things all ready made at the shops. But there is no shop anywhere where one can buy friendship, and so men have no friends any more. If you want a friend, tame me -.

The excerpt above was of great significance to me as I read the entire book, "One Child."" Torey Haden used the tool of telling this particular story to Sheila over and over again throughout the book in order to prepare Sheila for what was ahead. You see, six-year-old Sheila had been abandoned by her mother on a highway when she was only four. Sheila was a survivor of horrific abuse, which leads her to never speak, never to cry, and she was placed in a class for severely retarded children after committing and atrocious act of violence against another child. All Sheila knew was survival and survival to her was to never feel pain. Healing first starts with getting pass anger in order to get to the pain. Torey, a dedicated special education teacher, fell in love with this child that everyone had given up on and tamed' Sheila. And Sheila tamed' Torey. .

My thoughts.

From the moment I picked up this book, I could not put it down.