Tigers Child Essay

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Tigers Child

The book "The Tiger's Child" is about a woman named Torey Hayden and one of her students,
Sheila. Torey is a teacher for disabled children. When Sheila was six years old she was
sent to the school where Torey was working. Sheila had a very harsh childhood. At the age
of four she was abandoned by her 18 year old mother on a highway late at night. A year or
so later, She was sent to live with her father in a migrant camp. While she was there, she
was abused by her uncle and her father's friends. Sheila had awful personal hygiene and
little schooling, although she was very bright. Another incident that occurred was when
she was six years old Sheila abducted a three year old boy from his yard. She led him into
the woods and set fire to him. Once she was enrolled in Torey's class, they developed a
close relationship that went beyond the classroom. Torey cleaned Sheila up and worked and
spent time with her in and out of school. Torey realized that Sheila had a remarkably high
IQ. June soon came around and Sheila was advancing to the 3rd grade and Torey was going to
a different school to teach in a different city. Torey lost touch with Sheila over the
years. She never wanted to leave her but everyone told her, and she realized, that it was
just a teacher/student relationship and like all the others, it had to come to an end with
the end of the school year. Torey always wondered how and where Sheila was, so just before
her 14th birthday, Torey located Sheila and went to see her. She was living in a small
house with her father who had supposedly gave up alcohol and drugs. Their reunion was
akward for both of them and not quite what Torey had been expecting. Torey had been
assuming that Sheila would be just like she had left her seven years ago. However, instead
she had wild clothing and blazing yellow straggly hair. After the first visit, Torey made
frequent visits to see Sheila in hopes that they could rebuild their friendship. They went
to the movies, shopping, out to dinner, and many other things like that. When summer
began, Torey asked her if she'd like to help out in a summer school program with herself,
her friend Jeff, and a teaching aide, Miriam. This worked out well. She was able to work
with children with many various disabilities. She befriended a young boy who had been
adopted from Columbia. He didn't talk and was partially mentally disabled. His name was
Alejo. After about a month, Torey discovered that Sheila and Alejo were missing. They were
gone for a few days until one night they went to Torey's house. It turned out that Sheila
was concerned about Alejo she thought his parents were going to send him back to Columbia.
After the summer school ended Torey lost contact with her for a month. Soon after Torey
realized Sheila and her father were gone, she received a letter from her saying she was
going to commit suicide. Before Torey read the letter she had been on a two week trip so
the letter was two weeks old. There was nothing she could do. A few months later she got a
letter from Sheila basically saying that she was still alive and well. At this time, she
was 16 years old. Torey immediately located her and found out she was in a children's
home. She went there to see her. Torey continued visiting her every Saturday. Sheila told
her that she wanted to find her mother. She had placed a few ads in newspapers in
California where her mother was said to be living. Sheila had gotten a reply from a woman
who had given her daughter up for adoption. Torey pointed out to her that this was
probably not her mother because of the differences in their situations. Sheila wouldn't
listen to her. She was certain that she had found her mother. Torey visited the next
Saturday and everything was fine. However, the following Saturday she was told that Sheila
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