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KEISHA'S DOORS / Las Puertas de Keisha (An Autism Story Book 1)

Author: Marvie Ellis

Illustrator: Jenny Loehr

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Publisher: Speech Kids Texas Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Monica is frustrated. As a big sister, she wants to have fun and play with her younger sister Keisha. But Keisha doesn't seem to know how to play. She throws toys and she doesn't seem to listen. In fact, she doesn't talk a lot. Then they learned that Keisha is autistic. Keisha's therapist helped them understand what autism is. and worked with everyone, not just Keisha. This is a bilingual book with a short stories featuring an autistic child.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, learning to read, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 1.6

Age of Child: Read by a 10-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: She found the information about Autism helpful and could see herself in the story. You could tell she found the story "babyish," but also learned something and appreciated the book.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a very informative, useful book. The author's analogy using doors is one that everyone can understand. I particularly like that the book included specific examples of how everyone can benefit from greater understanding and simple tools.

Pros: Direct language and specific examples help to explain autism and the importance of family involvement for young children.

Cons: None, really. It would be nice to have a list of resource for parents, including other kid-friendly tools, at the end.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a book that should be widely shared.

If You Liked This Book, Try: TACOS ANYONE? / Alguien quiere tacos? (Autism Story Book, 2)   COLIN GETS A CHANCE   CHULITA THE BLIND CAT

Educational Themes: This is an excellent book for introducing autism to young children, whether at home or in a classroom.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 1.6
2006 Ben Franklin Award Silver Seal for First New Children's Book

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, family, bilingual, Spanish, health, illness

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2009, July 2012

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