The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

This is the true story of scientific child prodigy, and former baby genius, Ainan Celeste Cawley, written by his father. It is the true story, too, of his gifted brothers and of all the Cawley family. I write also of child prodigy and genius in general: what it is, and how it is so often neglected in the modern world. As a society, we so often fail those we should most hope to see succeed: our gifted children and the gifted adults they become. Site Copyright: Valentine Cawley, 2006 +

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Fintan knows his toys

Yesterday, Fintan, four, was in a toy shop with his grandmother and mother.

Syahidah, his mother, pointed out a particular toy to him, thinking he would like it. It was of an action hero type character, all in multi-coloured plastic, wearing some sort of exoskeleton. Since he is fond of superheroes and of Power Rangers and other programs of that ilk, she thought that he would like it.

He looked at and shook his head: "Don't get me that, it is made in China!"

They laughed at this, and didn't believe him.

"No it is not, it is made in Japan.", said Syahidah, for the writing was all in Japanese on the outside.

So, despite his initial protest, they bought it for him.

When they got home and opened the case and managed to have a close look at the toy, they found a little inscription on the bottom of its foot: "Made in China."


What I thought was intriguing about this is that Fintan, four, was aware of the controversy over Chinese toys and their often dangerous lack of quality control. I don't know how he knew this, because we don't watch the news here, as a family (there is little actual news content, so we gave up a long time ago). Yet, he did understand the issue of dangerous Chinese toys.

It was amusing, too, to note that he was better at spotting them than either his mother or grandmother. Well done, Fintan.

(If you would like to learn more of Ainan Celeste Cawley, a scientific child prodigy, aged seven years and eight months, or his gifted brothers, Fintan, four years and one month, and Tiarnan, eighteen months, please go to: I also write of gifted education, IQ, intelligence, College, University, Chemistry, Science, genetics, left-handedness, child prodigy, child genius, baby genius, adult genius, savant, gifted adults and gifted children in general. Thanks.)

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