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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
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, family reading, anytime 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.