Kimberly’s January Recommendation

life animatedKimberly says:  “The author is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who beautifully turns his hand to his own family.  Suskind and his wife (a new heroic model for me) enter the world of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, the special needs community, and the wide world of Disney following the diagnosis of their younger son, Owen.  It’s a story of intimate family moments and larger ideas.  Owen who retreats into a confusing non-verbal world watches and rewatches Disney animated movies.  Through the power of these movies and the dedicated, sacrificial love of his family Owen learns and grows.  The book is inspiring and highly readable.  Suskind strikes an optimistic chord, but does not sugar-coat the struggles.”

3 Similar Reads

A Real Boy:  A True Story of Autism, Early Intervention, and Recovery by Christina Adams – “When Adams’ son, Jonah, at just over two-and-a-half, was diagnosed with autism, she was told that time was of the essence. Early, aggressive intervention would provide his only chance at realizing any semblance of a normal life. Luckily, she and husband Jack had the energy, time, and resources to spring into action.” – Booklist

Following Ezra: What One Father Learned About Gumby, Otters, Autism, and Love for His Extraordinary Son by Thomas Fields-Meyer – “A heartwarming and hopeful memoir of a father’s experience raising his autistic son. When his son Ezra was diagnosed with autism, Tom Fields-Meyer knew little about parenting and even less about neurological disorders. This intimate memoir chronicles his remarkable experiences of learning and growth from the time Ezra was diagnosed at age three to his bar mitzvah at thirteen.” – Publisher’s description

Beautiful Child by Torey Hayden – “A crisply analytical depiction of one year in a special education classroom. Hayden’s approach is straightforward and heartwarmingly compassionate not only in its portrayal of the relationships she developed with her students, but also in its appraisal of a philosophical conflict with her teacher’s aide and the effect this had on the functioning of the students.” – School Library Journal


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