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Lucy's Amazing Friend: A Story of Autism and Friendship

Lucy's Amazing Friend: A Story of Autism and Friendship

by Stephanie Workman


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Lucy doesn't understand why the new boy in Miss Reed's class doesn't like her.

"I said hi and he ignored me," she said.

"Lucy, that's Daniel. He has autism," Miss Miller responded.

"What's autism?" asked Lucy.

From that moment on Lucy works to make friends with Daniel in this bright, upbeat book about autism. Once she succeeds, Lucy becomes determined that the other kids in the class learn to accept Daniel as well.

With an estimated 1 in 68 children now falling somewhere on the autism spectrum, "Lucy's Amazing Friend" is just the right book to help children understand that we are all different, and while those differences can be challenging, they also make us each special.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939739391
Publisher: Riverrun Bookstore Inc
Publication date: 08/10/2014
Pages: 34
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.09(d)

About the Author

About the Author: Stephanie is a graduate of Emerson College, receiving her BFA in Writing, Literature and Publishing. At fifteen she discovered her love for creative writing after a poem of hers was published in the 21st Century Poetry Journal. After that she began writing fiction, personal essays, and screenplays. While at Emerson College she discovered a passion for writing children's stories as well. Lucy's Amazing Friend was inspired after meeting her husband's high school friend who lives with autism. She lives in Exeter, NH with her husband, their cat Sophia, and bird named Bird.

About the Illustrator: Tim grew up in Kittery, Maine. His first love was music, but that got put on hold due to the disappearance of his Muppets drum set. He became interested in art shortly after, when he discovered how much fun it was coloring on his parents' walls with crayons. Today Tim resides in Kennebunk, Maine, with his noble cat, Jasper.

What People are Saying About This

Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty

I believe this work is a must for all libraries, and schools as well...And I commend Ms. Workman for creating one more tool that helps demystify autism. --Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty, author of Raising Autism: Surviving the Early Years and founder of blog Autism-Mommy Therapist

Ellen Walker

Stephanie Workman has opened the door to many budding friendships between children with autism and their peers, by proving this can be a positive experience, in her colorful picture book Lucy's Amazing Friend. This story is an accurate portrayal of Daniel, who lives with autism, and the interesting things he does to provide himself ways to fulfill his need for sensory input. Lucy finds him interesting and develops a friendship that, in turn, shows all the other children just how much fun Daniel can be! --Ellen Walker, author of Bringing Up John: One Family's Life With Autism

Lori Deschene

Lucy's Amazing Friend is the perfect book to introduce children to autism and help them understand and appreciate the special children who have it. Beautifully written and illustrated! --Lori Deschene, founder of Tiny Buddha and author of Tiny Buddha, Simple Wisdom for Life's Hard Questions and Tiny Buddha's Guide to Loving Yourself: 40 Ways to Transform Your Inner Critic and Your Life

Chris Wilson

The simplicity of the book allows for children and adults of all abilities to appreciate the delicate nature of life and innocence of childhood. The illustrations accompanied the words perfectly. This is a book that should be included in all schools and centers that integrate students of varying abilities. --Chris Wilson, President, We Rock For Autism

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