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. :)