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My Brother Charlie Hardcover – March 16, 2010
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Comments: Actress Holly Robinson Peete writes this picture book along with her twelve-year-old daughter, Ryan, who is the fraternal twin of a brother with autism. The story mirrors their real life and is told from the point of view of a little girl whose brother, Charlie, is autistic. She describes how they are alike in looks and likes, then how they are different in looks and likes with the major difference being that Charlie can get very quiet and sometimes not talk. She then goes on to explain how her parents found out Charlie was autistic and what it is like to have an autistic brother accentuating how he is like everyone else, but there are times for her when it is difficult to have Charlie as a brother and other times when she wishes she could help him be more like her. But then there are unique things about Charlie that make him who he is, like his special way with animals and his shell collection.
The book does a very good job on an elementary level of describing an autistic child, showing that though they may be very quiet at times or sit and play by themselves they are not different than other children. They have things they love to do and want to play and have fun. They just need time for both. This book will help others relate to the autistic child whether they be the parent, relative or friend by getting an inside glimpse into the daily life of said child. Most of all the book celebrates family, togetherness and the many ways to say "I love you" without always using the words. The book is well written bringing acceptance and dignity showing this condition is not an illness but only a way of being.
The artwork must be mentioned. Shane W. Evans has created big, bright bold paintings that are pure joy to look at.Read more ›
Describing what it's like growing up as the sibling of a brother with a disability, My Brother Charlie accurately tells the story from a child's point of view.
The age-appropriate language properly used throughout this text inadvertently made me reflect on the experiences which my own brother had while growing up with me and my disabilities.
Loving Charlie very much, Callie also gets frustrated by some of his actions. He is not like other children, something their mother noticed when the fraternal twins were growing up.
Such reaction is more realistic than either showing the child with disabilities as being an 'innocent angel' or an 'incompetent' without any apparent talents to share with a larger community. Charlie is a person, like anybody else.
This and other titles were not yet around when we were growing up. So my brother learned about me on his own. And by and large, he did a fairly good job of it. But our parents definently would have purchased it for him without a moment's hesitation.
It is written in clear, age-appropriate, and non-judgemental text. This is the type of title which a child is going to want to read over and over again. It explains a (potentially difficult) subject in terms which children will be comfortable with.
It's a good title for any family trying to explain disability to children. But it would also be a recomended purchase for children's libraries--so they would have resources to explain disability available throughout their communities.
My oldest child brought this into her classroom to explain her sister to other people and it was a huge success. It's very nicely written (in the perspective of the sister of the ASD child.) I love that it's a book that's geared for other races too. This was a big hit and we're very happy with the purchase. It's perfect for the elementary school aged children maybe 5-10. It focuses on love and acceptance and that is exactly what we were looking for.
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Cute little book. I bought it for my 10 year old he has autism. I is probably more for smaller kids it was a little to juvenile for him. It still really is a good kids book. Read morePublished 16 days ago by NW
Fun-Loving and wonderful book. It serves as an excellent teaching/educayinal tool. My grandson is Autistic. Read morePublished 5 months ago by LeTonya M. Sullivan
Lovely story for anyone trying to help others understand autism. Easy to read and great illustrationsPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great Book to read to your childeen. My daughter had autism and so does my son. So I read this to my daughter to help her understand. It worked. Read morePublished 8 months ago by FaithCruzita