Russell Is Extra Special: A Book about Autism for Children

Russell Is Extra Special: A Book about Autism for Children

by Charles A. Amenta

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-- A third-person photo-essay about an autistic child. After a preface for adults, Amenta introduces readers to his son, Russell, and the rest of his family, showing their lives, both the good and bad sides. The portrait that emerges shows the difficulties Russell has, such as screaming and crying for no reason, the desire to be alone, and his play habits. While there is a discussion about Russell's going to school, the author, a medical doctor, does not give specific information on how he is being educated there, and there is no mention of the recent use of computers by autistic children. Regardless, and despite the fact that the black-and-white photographs are a bit grainy, the book is a good introduction to the subject, especially when Amenta tries to clarify some general notions about autism. The brief list of sources and other materials is also helpful. --Margaret C. Howell, West Springfield Elementary School, VA

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American Psychological Association
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Product dimensions:
7.48(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

What People are Saying About This

Bernard RImland
Very well done and well illustrated... a valuable contributions. (Bernard Rimland, PH.D. Director, Autism Research Institution)
Bennett L. Leventhal
A wonderful book for children and families...This book is a model...for children who have handicapping conditions that are not obvious on the basis of physical deformity. (Bennett L. Leventhal, M.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics The University of Chicago)
William Christopher
Charles Amenta and his family have together created a look into their lives where, in a few short moments, we experience a vast amount about autism. The Amentas have not only given Russell a place in their family, but with their book they have given all the Russells a place in this world. (William Christopher, Actor, "Father Mulcahy" on M*A*S*H, Father of an autistic son, Coauthor of Mixed Blessings)

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