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Publishers WeeklyAfter her son Seth was diagnosed with autism at 21-months-old, Chwast was determined to create a good life for him. Until 2003, when 20-year-old Seth took his first painting class at the Cleveland Museum of Art, this life consisted of therapy, special schools, and trips to amusement parks. However, Seth proved to be a gifted artist with an eye for color and a fantastical vision. Mother and son have since traveled to Galapagos and The Cayman Islands (both invited Seth back to exhibit his art), and he's been featured on The Today Show twice. Rather than seeing his autism as an affliction, Chwast writes: "First I tried to bring him into our world. Now I try to go into his." The book's beautiful, fascinating paintings include Manhattan Floating, a whimsical depiction of the city made up of 104 tiles, featuring roller coasters, sea animals, a pegasus, rocket ships, and more. Chwast wants to "give hope to everyone and anyone who is broken and lost," and she does so admirably with this book.
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