Danson: The Extraordinary Discovery of an Autistic Child's Innermost Thoughts and Feelings

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Danson is a collection of 50 poems by an 8-year-old non-verbal autistic boy, Danson Wambua, with commentary by his mother Michele. This book comes at a moment of intense public focus on the mysteries of autism. For the families of over a million autistic children, Danson's poems offer hope and illumination. Imprisoned by his autism for the first 7 years of his life alternately frustrated, angry and loving Danson suddenly begins to speak, pointing to letters on an alphabet board. What he reveals in his ...

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Overview

Danson is a collection of 50 poems by an 8-year-old non-verbal autistic boy, Danson Wambua, with commentary by his mother Michele. This book comes at a moment of intense public focus on the mysteries of autism. For the families of over a million autistic children, Danson's poems offer hope and illumination. Imprisoned by his autism for the first 7 years of his life alternately frustrated, angry and loving Danson suddenly begins to speak, pointing to letters on an alphabet board. What he reveals in his extraordinary conversations with his mother Michele, is the complex inner world of autism. Danson is a gifted child-poet (reminiscent of Mattie Stepanek) who writes with insight, intelligence and spiritual depth. This is the voice that is going to change the lives of all the children of need, says admirer Bill Cosby.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780980028843
  • Publisher: St Lynns PR
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Pages: 124
  • Sales rank: 1,459,269
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 2.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2009

    Way to go Danson!!!!

    I thought the book was great, very inspirational and Danson understands exactly what kids like us are facing everyday in our lives. He is truly a great poet and a very gifted individual. He is a great friend. I would reccommend this book to anybody with a child that is autistic. See that you understand what your child is realizing that they are smart and want to be treated with respect that he deserves. That they are loving people with hearts of gold. Billy and his mom.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2009

    Real life and touching!

    This book is wonderful for anyone who has contact with a person with autism. It will give the reader hope, a chance to cry, a true insight into the absolute brillance trapped inside a person who is unable to communicate easily and a diary of the life of those closest to them. Autism is not easy to understand and have the patience nor endurance to allow us to delve into the person's being. Michele and Danson show that this path can happen(and still have bumps in the road along the way).

    You will truly love Danson, his insights and his family after reading this. This book is written from the hart(as Danson spells it) and is meant to be a path to support, give understanding and share the brillance in all of us that can be trapped inside.

    As an educator, this is a great book to share with your students. Danson and Michele share a truly wonderful world of writings, poetry and the process they have used. For students who struggle in their learning process, it will give them a true insight into the inner being of a differentiated learner and yet give the feel of caring and advanced learning that can take place in varied forms!

    Thank you to the authors for sharing the world of autism and love to all of who read it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2009

    Stunning

    I am so glad Michelle put this book together. I have had the amazing opportunity to have met Danson and he is such a remarkable person. It brought tears to my eyes when I remembered my interactions with him and am so happy he is doing so well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2009

    MOVING! Extremely relevant for ANY parent of ANY child.

    I picked up the book wondering what this child could possibly have written about and was so surprised and pleased with the dialog the author (mother) gives and the amazing depth of the second author (Danson). I personally do not have a child or family member with Autism but this book is so amazing and moving for any parent or individual it is not necessary to understand the joy and blessings that are among us all. Danson is wonderful!

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    Danson's classmate/friend David reviews "DANSON"

    Danson & David are classmates & friends. David is 9 yrs old, & Autistic. He uses letter boards, word processors and PCs to type his thoughts and to communicate. He has some words although is working hard to regain his words. Over the weekend we found David in our office with the door closed reading Danson's book. This is David's unedited review of "Danson".

    David S.
    4/6/09
    FC w/Lisa

    Hello David!!
    Lisa - I saw you read Danson's book this weekend. What did you think of it?

    David - I thought dansons book was very good
    Lisa - What was your favorite part?
    David - I liked the part that he typed about how he gives his mom the stars I think that you should read it

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