Ian's Walk: A Story about Autism

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Julie can't wait to go to the park and feed the ducks with her big sister. Her little brother, Ian, who has autism, wants to go, too. Ian doesn't have the same reactions to all the sights and sounds that his sisters have, and Julie thinks he looks silly.

A young girl realizes how much she cares for her autistic brother Ian when he gets lost at the park.

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Julie can't wait to go to the park and feed the ducks with her big sister. Her little brother, Ian, who has autism, wants to go, too. Ian doesn't have the same reactions to all the sights and sounds that his sisters have, and Julie thinks he looks silly.

A young girl realizes how much she cares for her autistic brother Ian when he gets lost at the park.

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Children's Literature - Leila Toledo
Children who have siblings with disabilities are often embarrassed by the family member that is disabled. Autism presents a particular challenge since there is no physical affliction. They look "normal" but display odd behavior. Tara and Julie, Ian's big sisters, take their brother, who is autistic, for a walk. Throughout the day Ian hears, smells, tastes and sees things differently than his sisters, sometimes annoying them. At one point Ian wanders away. They panic, but Julie closes her eyes and tries to think like Ian. Is he at the water fountain watching the stream of water gush past his eyes? Or is it the bell in the center of the park? She finds him ringing the bell. The sisters display their frustration but also compassion for their brother. This story provides an insight into the world of autism and how it affects the healthy family members.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Julie, who appears to be eight or nine, tells about an outing to the park with her older sister and younger brother, who is autistic. As they walk through town, she describes the things that Ian does and the sensations he experiences that are different from what most people do and feel. At the park, Ian eats dry cereal he has brought with him instead of pizza and refuses to sit on the bench with Julie. Suddenly, she looks around and notices that he is gone. The girls frantically search for him until, hearing a ringing sound, Julie remembers how much Ian likes to play with the big bell. She runs to find Ian under it, happily ringing away. On the way home, the girls let their brother do all the things he enjoys. This book tries to help families of autistic children understand the role of siblings, their anger, and the problems they may have explaining the disorder to others. However, it does not give enough specific information to be truly useful. As a story, this offering is pleasant enough; however, the picture-book format may not appeal to older youngsters who could benefit from it themselves or share it with their friends. It may, however, help to introduce some behaviors that may be typical of autism to primary-grade audiences.-Margaret C. Howell, West Springfield Elementary School, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807534816
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 316,740
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2011

    highly recommended!

    Great book to use with children in explaining Autism. I have used this book in my classroom, and the students really enjoy it!

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