To spread more awareness for autism here is another book that does a great job explaining Asperger Syndrome.
For anyone who knows someone on the autism spectrum
Here is the story of first friendships starring an unforgettable young boy on the autism spectrum.
For 3rd grader Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises some of them good, some of them bad. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bats mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a stray baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter.
The minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And hes got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet.
This is a good book for kids who have just started reading and if they have an autistic child in their elementary school class. Bat kind of comes off more of a brat sometimes. Then again, I was a brat sometimes too. Most kids with autism come off as brats some of the time but we dont mean to be brats.
Friendships arent always easy for kids with autism. We tend to be socially awkward and we vary from too friendly to not friendly enough. I know it wasnt easy for me to make friends. It still isnt easy. For me, past and present, its easier to make friends with people older than me than with people my own age, like Bat. I did have some friends growing up, but I mostly played around them than with them. Ive watched so many shows and read so many books about friendship, but I have yet to understand how it works.
Lets talk about another subject: SKUNKS!
Bat grew very attached to the baby skunk very fast. Its understandable. Baby skunks are adorable. See picture below:
Why anyone would want to have a wild animal living in their house is beyond me. I get it. Therere cute when theyre babies but what happens when their older?
And if a skunk ever sprays you, heres the secret recipe that gets rid of skunk odor:
- 1-quart 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
- ¼ cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
- 1 teaspoon liquid soap or dish detergent
- Mix these together and bathe (shampoo in or rub down) the sprayed victim thoroughly
This isnt my favorite book featuring a child on the autism spectrum. Mostly because Bats sister is a bigger brat than he is. Again, this is a good book for kids to learn about autism and skunks. Its got short chapters and big font size for those kids just stepping away from picture books.
This weeks Weird but True Fact about Skunks
One in 1,000 people cant smell a skunks spray.