Thursday, 27 September 2012

Review: Ethan's Story; My Life with Autism by Ethan Rice

When Ethan Rice was four years old, he was diagnosed with high-functioning autism. He decided that he wanted to tell his first grade class that he had autism on his seventh birthday. His parents asked him many questions about what having autism felt like for him and wrote his answers down as a reference for when he told his class. Those answers are now published so more people can understand what it is like to have autism. While each child on the spectrum has unique challenges and strengths, Ethan’s Story; My Life with Autism is Ethan’s own story.
Wow! What a beautiful story!
My Life with Autism is written by Ethan Rice who is 8 years old and lives with autism. This book allows the reader to see the world through Ethan's eyes and offers an insight into his so many thoughts and feelings about being autistic and how other children and adults treat him. The fact that this book is written by an 8 year old is amazing and his conclusion as to why God made him that way made me smile.

The illustrations are fantastic and very engaging as they're brightly coloured and very well drawn. It not only tackles the issue of autism, but other situations that children who aren't autistic will be familiar with. What makes this book even more special is that it's a true story and one I think everyone should read.

I gave this book to my 11 year old daughter and she too loved it. She said it should be a book that schools should be made to have and should be used in lessons to educate children about autism. She also said and it would help to change attitudes towards children who are affected by it and I have to say I agree with her. My 7 year old son has also read this book and although he's not a keen reader he too enjoyed it and identified with some of the issues and scenarios that were raised even though he himself is not autistic. I give this book 5 stars it is fully deserving of them. It's a must read for everyone of all ages and backgrounds. Well done Ethan a marvelous success. :)

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