|Publisher:||Autism Asperger Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)|
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Sometimes a pop-up tent is like a hug, giving just enough security and comfort to make life bearable again. This was Adalyn's thought as she rubbed her legs and tried to slow down her breathing. Fifteen minutes earlier she had been in her classroom, about to scream at someone or throw something.
Actually, the day had started out pretty good. Adalyn had done her homework and was feel-ing almost excited about showing her paper to her teacher, Miss Thomas. But when she got to her classroom, she noticed that Miss Thomas wasn't in the room. Instead, there, at the front of the room, was Mr. Hirtle, the student teacher.
Adalyn did not want to turn her paper into Mr. Hirtle; she wanted to turn it in to her real teacher, Miss Thomas. Why did teachers have student teachers anyway? Student teachers never knew about special programs. Student teachers always wanted to be the boss of everyone. Mr. Hirtle used an angry-sounding voice whenever Adalyn asked to go to her pop-up tent, even though it was on her official plan! The last time Adalyn had needed a break, Mr. Hirtle said something out loud in front of all the other kids about how she should be able to handle things better; about how she was nine years old, and how nine-year-olds weren't supposed to have tantrums. That's for two-year-olds.
The thought of Miss Thomas being absent and Mr. Hirtle being in charge gave Adalyn an instant stomachache. She started breathing too fast and thinking of ways to strip Mr. Hirtle of his student teaching status. To avoid having a "two-year-old tantrum," or possibly worse, Adalyn grabbed the hall pass and quickly left the room. Mrs. Kelly was a special teacher who helped students who had problems at school. Her room was a quiet place for kids to go and relax and learn about how to handle the stuff that was really hard to handle.
Mrs. Kelly called the pop-up tent Adalyn's safe place; the place she could go to when life, and school, and student teachers made her feel crazy. The tent was a Spitfire Solo; it felt like a sanctuary, with its totally secure zipper door and full-coverage fly and black-out window cover-ings. It was a place to rethink the bad thoughts and quiet her body. It was a place where she could take her brain on a much-needed time-out journey, far away from people, rules, and talk about "age-appropriate behavior."
Adalyn's mother had given her a globe of the world to keep in the tent. When she was having a particularly bad day, Adalyn would spin the globe, close her eyes, and then place her finger on the globe to stop it. Whatever country her finger was touching would be her destination, and she would begin to repeat all of the facts she knew about that place. She particularly liked to think about the animals that lived in whatever country she pointed to. Adalyn loved animals more than just about anything else in the world. She loved domesticated animals like dogs, cats, white rats, and hamsters; she loved wild animals like tigers, bears, lions, and timber wolves. Animals just seemed easier than people.
Sitting safely in her tent, Adalyn spun the globe. Her finger landed on Tanzania, Africa. "Country in Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean," she started saying out loud. "The official language is Swahili; it is the home of the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro." Amaz-ingly, Adalyn was feeling better already.
"'Tingatinga' is a folk art style of painting started in Tanzania." She repeated the word "Tingat-inga" - she often repeated words that felt fun in her mouth. "Home of the western white-bearded wildebeest," she continued, and then thought about how a white-bearded wildebeest might have a tantrum if it was blocked from making its migratory journey across the Serengeti.
Table of Contents
|Chapter One: Adalyn||1|
|Chapter Two: Clare||5|
|Chapter Three: Deer Poop||10|
|Chapter Four: The Sign||14|
|Chapter Five: The Science Room||19|
|Chapter Six: Animal Consultants||25|
|Chapter Seven: The Library||30|
|Chapter Eight: Adalyn's Particularly Bad Moment||35|
|Chapter Nine: The Meeting||40|
|Chapter Ten: Animal Sense||44|
|Chapter Eleven: In Search of a Pack||48|
|Chapter Twelve: Time Served||53|
|Chapter Thirteen: Henry||58|
|Chapter Fourteen: Taking Perspective||63|
|Chapter Fifteen: The Bail-out||71|
|Chapter Sixteen: A Science Club||76|
|Chapter Seventeen: Kirsten||81|
|Chapter Eighteen: Mr. Hirtle||86|
|Chapter Nineteen: A Natural Disaster||90|
|Chapter Twenty: Good Ideas||94|
|Chapter Twenty-One: Friendship||99|
|Chapter Twenty-Two: The Fair||105|
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