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My Friend the Troublemaker

Learning to Focus and Thriving with ADHD

by Rifka Schonfeld

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A child’s inability to focus, and other issues relating to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are more prevalent today than ever before. Oftentimes accused of being disruptive and unmanageable, these children experience difficulty at home, at school, and in forming good relationships with peers.

My Friend the Troublemaker is a child-friendly text presented in an engaging format that offers children simple, effective strategies that help them to understand and deal with ADHD. A delightful story combined with charming illustrations provide young readers with creative solutions and practical tools that empower them to pay better attention, handle everyday tasks, make friends, build self-confidence, and have an easier time at school.

The last section of the book is a rich resource of helpful information with insights on Facts about ADHD, How Parents Can Help, How Educators Can Help, Modifications for ADHD and Reading, and ADHD in Adults. Here is an outstanding guide that provides parents, educators, and children with encouragement, help, and hope for the future.

Rifka Schonfeld is an acclaimed educator and social skills specialist with over 30 years experience. She founded and directs S.O.S.: Strategies for Optimum Success, and conducts social skills workshops for children, teens, and adults. She is also the author of My Friend the Bully, and My Friend the Volcano.


  • ITEM #: 6241
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 11
  • ISBN: 978-1-59826-004-5
  • Weight: 0.8500 lbs
  • Binding: Hard Cover / 29 pages
  • Published by: Distributed by Feldheim
  • Illustrator: Judowitz, Yoel

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    • 1/14/13

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    • Rena Citrin, Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, Chicago, IL

    Rifka Schonfeld’s newest book tackles the important subject of ADHD. Set in a single-sex classroom, the protagonist, Nochum, is a charming elementary school student who is highly distractible and impulsive in school. He is diverted from his Mishnayos (Oral Law) lesson by the buzzing of a fly; and he calls out inappropriately in class. His long-suffering Rebbe, Rabbi Weiss, punishes this behavior by making Nochum sit on the side during recess. Luckily for Nochum, he has a friend named Pinny who is sympathetic to his strengths and weaknesses.
    Schonfeld makes Pinny an unrealistic character who speaks in a didactic, adult voice to explain Nochum’s struggles. Only during their chavrusa (partnered learning,) is there a hint that Nochum is a very intelligent boy who is an aural learner struggling in a print-intensive classroom. After Nochum causes an incident during a school trip to an amusement park, Rabbi Weiss and his English teacher, Mrs. Goldstein, counsel Nochum’s parents to have him evaluated for ADHD. “Chazal (our sages) say that just like every person has a different face, so, too, we all have different minds, each with unique strengths and challenges.” The learning specialist consulted gives Nochum specific strategies to help him stay on task. And here is the real strength of this thin volume. Nochum, his parents, and his teachers are provided with practical tactics to help him become a successful and confident young man. The story ends with vital information and a message of hope. Schonfeld then appends an excellent two-page explanation of ADHD intended for parents and teachers. She demystifies this confounding condition
    that touches so many children, families, and schools. The illustrations by Yoel Judowitz are somewhat flat but still appealing. Recommended for Orthodox school and home libraries

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