Different Like Me My Book of Autism Heroes
Written by Marc Christopher Thomas
Illustrated by Marc Christopher Thomas, Jennifer Elder
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Different Like Me My Book of Autism Heroes by Marc Christopher ThomasDifferent Like Me introduces children aged 8 to 12 years to famous, inspirational figures from the world of science, art, math, literature, philosophy and comedy. Eight-year-old Quinn, a young boy with Asperger's Syndrome, tells young readers about the achievements and characteristics of his autism heroes, from Albert Einstein, Dian Fossey and Wassily Kandinsky to Lewis Carroll, Benjamin Banneker and Julia Bowman Robinson, among others. All excel in different fields, but are united by the fact that they often found it difficult to fit in-just like Quinn. Fully illustrated in colour and written in child-friendly language, this book will be a wonderful resource for children, particularly children with autism, their parents, teachers, carers and siblings.
. -- www.healthybooks.org.uk I see this book as useful for children aged eight to twelve, for families with a young child with autism and for schools to be able to celebrate difference. So often the differences we identify and celebrate are the visible ones, but it is vital that we can see the individuality of each person as a cause for celebration too. This book will help all those reading it to remember the autism heroes and recognise the special differences and individuality of children with autism. -- Rostrum Different Like Me is a book describing the lives of various people who found it difficult to fit into society. There are both famous and historical people who found it difficult to fit into society. There are both famous and historical people who all excelled in their chosen fields. It is beautifully illustrated and starts with an introduction to Quinn, who describes what it feels like to be different from others- to be, in fact, autistic. The famous people include Albert Einstein, Andy Warhol, Sir Isaac Newton and gives brief pen portraits of their lives, difficulties they encountered and their achievements. The book is written with children between the ages of eight and twelve years in mind, and could be a useful resource for explaining some of the effects of autism and the feeling of not fitting in or belonging. It offers good role models and will encourage those children with low self-esteem, that they, too, can achieve great things. -- Support for Learning I think this book would be a useful addition to the library of any secondary school with youngsters with Asperger's Syndrome or higher level ASD -- Michael Jones, Educational Consultant 'Written through the eyes of 8 -year-old Quinn who has Asperger's syndrome (AS), this delightfully illustrated book introduces famous and talented people who are felt to have autism or AS. Historical and present day personalities are included, from the sciences, music, literature, art and comedy. In describing each individual and his or her special talents, this lively little book shows the diversity that is found within the autistic spectrum. The writer gives a clear message that being different is not just ok but is something to celebrate. Her aim was to help children with autistic spectrum disorders understand their diagnosis. The illustrations and single-page, clearly written accounts make this plausible. Although the book is intended for 8 to 12 year olds, it would also be relevant to families, friends, carers and educators.
's life story and an illustration of the person. The stories are written very simply, easily read and understandable, yet truly inspirational and very educational. -- Autism Awareness Albert Einstein, Andy Warhol, Isaac Newton, Lewis Carol and Hans Christian Andersen had one thing in common. According to this book they all had autistic spectrum disorder. It tells the very interesting stories of 20 men and women who didn't fit in with other people but were talented and successful in their own fields. The stories are illustrated by original paintings of each person.'
; beautifully illustrated, and easy to read, both in content and layout. -- Children Young People & Families This book will help inspire kids who are different and shows them that they too can succeed. -- Temple Grandin, Associate Professor of Animal Science, Colorado State University, and author of Animals in Translation
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23rd December 2005
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