Teach diversity and tolerance to young readers, and help them understand and appreciate those children who have health differences. Colorful photos show kids with disabilities enjoying activities with their peers.
This early reader, most appropriate for children in kindergarten and first grade, introduces the reader to the central characteristics of autism. The text is easy to understand and includes pictures which illustrate the relevant concepts from the text, such as the communication skills, social skills, sensory needs, and special talents children with autism exhibit, as well as how friends can help. A list of additional resources is included, and these are appropriate for young readers with their parents' or teachers' support. Includes a glossary, a list of some related texts, and ways to access Internet sites related to the topic. This book would facilitate valuable classroom discussion about understanding children with special needs in inclusive settings. It is also one that would address topics such as individual development and identity, which relate to any early social studies lesson. Part of the "Understanding Differences" series. Reviewer: Alison Wilber
Martha E. H. Rustad is the author of more than one hundred nonfiction children's books, on topics ranging from baby ducks to black holes to ancient Babylon. She lives with her family in Brainerd, Minnesota.