Monday, June 11, 2012

Autistic? How Silly is That! Review and Giveaway

When I received "Autistic? How Silly is That!" the cover alone was enough to draw me in; the water color painting is so vibrant and whimsical, it delights the eye.  

But this is not just a book with fantastic artwork.  There's a valuable message lurking in its pages, a lesson that encourages others to see past a person's labels.  The book's subtitle: "I don't need any labels at all" sums it up well.  

On each page, you see a little boy who asks such questions as, "I have brown hair.  I wonder if makes me brown-hair-tistic?"  The boy lists the many possible ways he might be classified--as someone who is left-handed, bad at history, but good at math, someone who loves junk food and has big feet.  Each time, he wonders if he should be labeled based on those personality characteristics.  

The boy then explains that he has autism and how that affects his life, ending with the conclusion that if it's silly to be labeled as "junk-food-tistic" or "big-foot-orthodont-istic," then it's equally unnecessary to be labeled as "autistic."

The pictures in the book are beautiful and fun--full of color and whimsy.  And the message is equally uplifting, teaching kids that labels do not define a person.  What I found most interesting about the book is that you never see the little boy's face until the end of the book when he proclaims, "Whew! Ridiculous! I don't need any labels at all!  I'm just a typical person, with my own likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses, hopes and dreams, who approaches the world a little differently...but many times, better." 

I'm sure most kids wouldn't see the symbolism in this, but I liked how it illustrated that labels can take away from a person's identity.  It's not until we see past stereotypes and labels and prejudices that we actually really see a person for who he or she is.

This is a great book for kids with autism and their siblings, but I also think it would be a perfect addition to any school library.  The valuable lesson in this book is important for all kids to understand.  I plan on asking Danny's Sunday School teacher to read it to his class so to give his peers a better understanding of who he is. 

This book is available at Future Horizons and if you use the code PH, you can receive free shipping (no matter how much you spend) AND 15% off!  This code can be used for anything in the Future Horizons store, including conferences, so check out all the great resources they offer.



I have an extra copy of "Autistic? How Silly is That!"  which I would like to give to a reader.

Leave a comment on this post before Friday, June 15th at midnight for your chance to read a copy of the book.  Just make sure in your comment that you leave your email address, so I have a way to get a hold of you!


Anonymous said...

This sounds like a great book to read to my son's new classmates when school starts!!

~Tammy Jackman

Lynda Farrington Wilson said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful book review. I did well-up in tears when you caught right on to the fact that the boy's face wasn't shown until the end of the book... because he surely knows he is Not a bucket of labels, but rather a brilliant person.

Lexi said...

Me. I want it. I also want us to be best friends and live in the same place and have our kids play with each other. Because I think it's interesting to watch two autistic kids play together. It's either all or nothing.

Look at how much I digress.

Mom2LittleMiss said...

I wonder about the day that Little Miss asks me why she's autistic and what that means. I wonder how I will explain it to her. I don't even know myself. But it sounds like this book might go some of the way - at least it will tell her that her autism is not who she is... She is so much more.

Thanks for sharing your review with us. If I'm not a winner, I will certainly se about picking it up!

Melissa said...

Love the sound of this book. Would love to win this for my Boo. Makes perfect sense - we don't go around referring to people as "junk food-tistic" and whatnot. Why should autism be any different?

Bethany said...

Sounds like such a good book. A friend of mine is startya book series called The. Misphits. It's about animals that are differently ables but the elementary school isn't accessible for them. It's a really neat project. You should check it out.

Flannery said...

Sooooo glad I stopped by here today. That book sounds so great. We have not had the "autism" discussion yet, but I'm sure it is in the near future. You can bet that I will also be getting a copy for the school for this next year. Thanks so much for sharing this.

Alysia said...

The books sounds really interesting. We also haven't had the conversation yet...but I know we will very soon. I'd love this book!

Unknown said...

This book sounds awesome. I'd love to read it to my grandsons.

Lizbeth said...

Gimme the book.

I hope you are laughing at this comment. :)

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