A Child Called It

"A Child Called "It": One Child's Courage to Survive" is an autobiography by Dave Pelzer. It details the abuse he endured at the hands of his own mother, while growing up in a California basement. The books was first published in 1995.

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A Child Called It

What problems are in the book a child called it?

The problem is the boy can't find a home. He's an orphan.

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Who is Dave Pelzer's mother?

Catherine Roerva Christen Pelzer was Dave Pelzer's mother, who passed away in 1992.

Catherine was an alcoholic who had been drinking from the age of 13. Brought up in the Mormon community of Salt Lake City, she would hide in the outhouse during Prohibition to wince down bootleg whiskey. Her parents were divorced, which made them outcasts in that religious community, and Catherine was frequently locked in a closet, denied food, and told how despicable she was.

Catherine suffered from alcoholism and was mentally ill. Her mental illness was Borderline Personality Disorder http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borderline_personality_disorder ('Witch'), which is characterized by an irrational fear of rejection and abandonment and self-hatred as a result of surviving a childhood that required complete submission to a hostile or sadistic caregiver (pg 131) Christine Ann Lawson of 'Understanding the Borderline Mother'.

For a picture and more information about Catherine, see http://thequeenandking.blogspot.com/2009/08/did-dave-pelzers-mother-from-child.html

A Child Called It

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yes the book is called a man called Dave

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The word you're looking for may be "infanticide."

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A Child Called It

Why didn't anything happen to Dave Pelzer's mom?

It is quite possible that "child abuse" laws in the 70's weren't very well addressed. Not that it is right that she got away with torture, degradation, neglect, abuse, etc.... The father should have been arrested just as much as The Mother. How can anyone do these things to another human? How can someone allow it to happen? It is too obvious that The Family was living in denial of what David was suffering.

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He had red hair and freckles with blue eyes.

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Did Dave Pelzer have kids?

Yes he had 3 kids

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Daly City, California

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i think it would make an excellent movie i have read the book and i totally agree ;)

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One climax in a child called it, is when Dave's mother, Roevra, places him on the stove, and tries to burn him.....until he dies. (or so she tries)

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Is an adopted child still called a stepchild?


Once a child is adopted they are legally the child of the adoptive parents. The only way that child could be a step-child is if the adoptive parents divorce and the custodial parent re-marries. Then the child becomes a step-child to the new parent.

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no he has a daughter

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Counter tenor, writer and opera workshop leader. Performer and conductor in opera, oratorio, children's theatre and choral music.

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A summary of a play's plot is sometimes called a synopsis.

A scenario

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When does a child usually start to whistle?

I HAVE A TWO YEAR OLD THAT WILL BE THREE IN SEPTEMBER. SHE IS JUST STARTING MAKE THE RIGHT WHISTLING SOUNDS. IT MAY TAKE HER A TIME OR TWO, BUT SHE IS DEFINITELY ON HER WAY ANSWER it really depends on each individual child. none of my 5 children can whistle properly (aged 1 - 11) my 34 year old sister cannot whistle but my 2 yr old nephew can.... everyone is different :)

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What to feed 7 months old child?

the best things are the most simple organic vegtables carrot and turnip very well cooked puree and just dab a lilte on the lips and baby will soon get a tast for new foods but do try not to give baby high fat or processed foods as these are very hard to digest also thinly made porridge is good aslo mashed potaoe with no seasoning hadock cooked in milk .stued a eating apple pealed and cored chop into small bits in plain water until it looks like aple suauce the best things are the most simple organic vegtables carrot and turnip very well cooked puree and just dab a lilte on the lips and baby will soon get a tast for new foods but do try not to give baby high fat or processed foods as these are very hard to digest also thinly made porridge is good aslo mashed potaoe with no seasoning hadock cooked in milk .stued a eating apple pealed and cored chop into small bits in plain water until it looks like aple suauce

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By "online address books" do you mean city directories? If so, you might try the following websites: 1843 Directory: http://all-ancestors.com/chicago/chicago.htm 1844 Directory: http://olddirectorysearch.com/Chicago__Illinois_1844/ 1855/56 Directory: http://distantcousin.com/Directories/IL/Chicago/1855_6/ 1928/29 Directory: http://www.chsmedia.org/househistory/polk/start.pdf (This is a "reverse" directory, arranged by street address instead of surname; it includes spouse names and so it can be a very useful tool for genealogical research. A 1928/29 directory arranged by surname was also published.) If you need directories for other years, you can order them in on microfilm at any Family History Center. To find the one nearest your home, visit www.familysearch.org You can also find family addresses in some of the later censuses.

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Is there a movie called 'Taxi Driver'?

Yes there is. I'm not sure what year it was released, but it stars Robert DeNiro. Great movie. * Rating: * Genre:Drama * Movie Type: Psychological Drama, Urban Drama * Themes: Assassination Plots, Obsessive Quests, Unrequited Love * Director: Martin Scorsese * Main Cast: Robert De Niro, Cybill Shepherd, Peter Boyle, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel, Jodie Foster * Release Year: 1976 * Country:US * Run Time: 113 minutes * MPAA Rating: R "All the animals come out at night" -- and one of them is a cabby about to snap. In http://www.answers.com/topic/martin-scorsese?initiator=WANS's classic 1970s drama, insomniac ex-Marine Travis Bickle (http://www.answers.com/topic/robert-deniro?initiator=WANS) works the nightshift, driving his cab throughout decaying mid-'70s New York City, wishing for a "real rain" to wash the "scum" off the neon-lit streets. Chronically alone, Travis cannot connect with anyone, not even with such other cabbies as blowhard Wizard (http://www.answers.com/topic/peter-boyle?initiator=WANS). He becomes infatuated with vapid blonde presidential campaign worker Betsy (http://www.answers.com/topic/cybill-shepherd?initiator=WANS), who agrees to a date and then spurns Travis when he cluelessly takes her to a porno movie. After an encounter with a malevolent fare (played by http://www.answers.com/topic/martin-scorsese?initiator=WANS), the increasingly paranoid Travis begins to condition (and arm) himself for his imagined destiny, a mission that mutates from assassinating Betsy's candidate, Charles Palatine (Leonard Harris), to violently "saving" teen hooker Iris (http://www.answers.com/topic/jodie-foster?initiator=WANS) from her pimp, Sport (http://www.answers.com/topic/harvey-keitel?initiator=WANS). Travis' bloodbath turns him into a media hero; but has it truly calmed his mind?

Written by http://www.answers.com/topic/paul-schrader?initiator=WANS, Taxi Driver is an homage to and reworking of cinematic influences, a study of individual psychosis, and an acute diagnosis of the latently violent, media-fixated Vietnam era. http://www.answers.com/topic/martin-scorsese?initiator=WANS and http://www.answers.com/topic/paul-schrader?initiator=WANS structure Travis' mission to save Iris as a film noir version of http://www.answers.com/topic/john-ford-filmmaker?initiator=WANS's late Western http://www.answers.com/topic/the-searchers-film?initiator=WANS (1956), aligning Travis with a mythology of American heroism while exposing that myth's obsessively violent underpinnings. Yet Travis' military record and assassination attempt, as well as Palatine's political platitudes, also ground Taxi Driver in its historical moment of American in the 1970s. Employing such techniques as http://www.answers.com/topic/jean-luc-godard?initiator=WANS jump cuts and ellipses, expressive camera moves and angles, and garish colors, all punctuated by http://www.answers.com/topic/bernard-herrmann?initiator=WANS's eerie final score (finished the day he died), http://www.answers.com/topic/martin-scorsese?initiator=WANS presents a Manhattan skewed through Travis' point-of-view, where http://www.answers.com/topic/robert-deniro?initiator=WANS's now-famous "You talkin' to me" improv becomes one more sign of Travis' madness. Shot during a New York summer heat wave and ...taxi-driver

(i just clicked twice on taxi in your question)

A Child Called It

What were the names of Dave pelzer's other foster parents?

the first foster home that David went to was Aunt Marry.. The second one was Lilian- Mom.. and Rudy- Dad

A Child Called It

What was the child's name in a child called it?

David Pelzer


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