For Young Children, people with autism and for anyone who knows someone on the autism spectrum
Narrated through thought bubbles, this book invites readers into the day of a nonverbal girl with autism. Sometimes life can be noisy and overwhelming, but something new is always around the corner. Talking isn’t the only way to make a joke, ask for Grandma’s help, or surprise your brother.
I’m always happy to find a book that authentically represents an autistic mind. Or, in this case, a nonverbal autistic mind.
The girl narrates the story through thought bubbles, showing the readers that her mind works perfectly well. She just can’t speak. This helps disprove the misconception that someone who is nonverbal is also mentally disabled. Autism is not a brain disorder. It’s a brain difference.
My favorite line in the story is when the girl thinks, “I wish I could turn my ears off.” I relate to this because I get overwhelmed by loud noises all the time.
This is actually the second book in a two-book collection. But I read this one first, so I wanted to review it first.
Getting along with your sister isn’t easy – especially when your brain works differently! This book lovingly depicts the highs and lows of growing up with an autistic sibling.
Siblings of all backgrounds will connect to this playfully illustrated story about embracing differences.
Quick note, the boy and the girl don’t seem to have names. They just call each other “my brother” and “my sister.”
Anyway, this story is told from the brother’s point of view and shows what it’s like to live with an autistic sibling. Sometimes he’s embarrassed when strangers stare at his sister, and he sometimes gets annoyed by her but he’s always there to support and comfort her like a good big brother. Because no one gets on your nerves or loves you quite like a sibling.