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Excellent on first reading in 2004 and excellent on rereading 5 years later
I would recommend this book highly. As a parent of a young adult with a developmental disability and two other young adult children I found it very relevant. I was amazed at how much Paul Karasik conveyed through his drawings and the few words he chose to use. Both authors were able to chronicle their life and relationship with David in a succinct but meaningful manner. To me the story showed the progress that has been made in education, programs and opportunities for individuals with disabilities and their families. Of course, not every family today has the same opportunities, but the difference from the 1950s to today is astounding. I was also intrigued by the sibling relationships. My younger adult children agree that the authors conveyed many emotions that they had growing up. Although not directly addressed, it showed the importance of involving the other children in planning for the time when neither parent is around.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 11, 2006
Not what I expected
I heard about this book on the evening news and was expecting something much more than what I got. As a teacher who works with children with autism, I was very eager to read this book and hopefully share it with my students' families. Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed with the book. The comic strip chapters written by Paul are competely pointless and filled with unnecessary and unrelated political ramblings. I found it extremely difficult to even attend to these sections in the book and often just skimmed them and moved on without paying them any further attention. The chapters written by Judy, while they had interesting stories, did not seem at all to be about being a sibling of a child with autism. Yes, the brother with autism was mentioned throughout the book, but certainly not to the extent I expected in a book that is supposed to be about sibling relationships and growing up with autism in the family. I question why on earth the Autism Society of America considers this to be the 'best literary work of the year'.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 21, 2011
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