“Stewie BOOM and Princess Penelope: Handprints, Snowflakes, and Play-dates”
I am the mom of a child with autism. Julian was 5 when he was diagnosed in 2011. He’s 11 and the path has not always been easy but I’m here for the long haul. People with autism struggle with social skills and others don’t always understand this.
Christine covers this in her book very well while making it easy for kids to understand. Everyone is unique, we learn this as children. Autism, however, really makes a child unique.
They think a lot differently than others, and this is okay. The snowflake example is a perfect example of showing children how everyone thinks differently.
Trying something new can be very difficult for someone with autism. Julian struggles with this. He has to be encouraged a lot to try new foods, clothes, or places to go. They tend to like routine and changes are sometimes scary. Penelope was asked by her teacher to play with someone new at recess: she was a bit scared but enjoyed herself.
Some kids on the spectrum aren’t a fan of noise and Eric was one of them. His reactions were very close to those I’ve seen with Julian and children I worked with in the past. The playdate looked like fun for everyone.
Christine does an incredible job telling the story of children on the spectrum and making it realistic. It’s a fun story to read while not sounding too “bookish”. I really liked the tips at the end of the book to help with playdates.
Some families aren’t quite sure how to welcome a special needs child in their home so those tips will be very helpful. The tips for families with special needs children were also helpful.
My 10-year-old daughter also wanted to read the book, and she enjoyed it. She liked the pictures and thought that the story sounded a lot like her brother.
I am glad to see that there are more books similar to this coming into the mainstream for families to enjoy.
All pics are from the book, courtesy of Karen L. Young