Written by Barry Rudner
Illustrated by: Peggy Trabalka
This is a wonderful picture book for kids three and up about autism. I love the instructional element in this picture bright and colourful book, as well as the encouraging way that this wonderful book is written.
Autistic kids have a silent voice—but that silent voice says so much about the wonderful individuals they are. Autistic kids are different on the surface, but inside they are wonderful individuals who can make great friends and companions. But we have to have open minds to include these wonderful kids in our lives and to be nourished by their beautiful souls.
There are no known causes for autism. No one really knows why kids are autistic. But one thing that we do know for sure—the life of a child with autism is very difficult in that they feel very alone and even isolated because they feel very socially awkward and uncertain of themselves.
Autistic kids are usually not as outgoing as regular kids. They prefer to do things alone or to read. But this can cause loneliness and they can feel awkward around other kids their own age. Most autistic kids won’t know whether or not one of their peers has autism. There are usually few physical signs of autism. However, the autistic child feels very different, lost, and uncertain because of this. They feel uncomfortable when hugged, and they are rigid, shrinking from crowds.
However, we should never give up on kids with autism. And we should befriend these wonderful kids because they have so much to offer all of us and they can make the world a much better place.
Thank you Barry for such a wonderfully instructive book about such an important topic!
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth