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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451645430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451645439
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Readers will come away with an understanding that although children with autism cannot always speak, they have much to say. In addition, photos of many of today's most popular stars will have broad appeal."--"Library Journal" --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

About the Author

Kate Winslet is one of the world’s best known and best-loved Academy Award-winning actresses. She made her film debut at the age of seventeen and is the youngest actress ever to have received six Academy Award nominations. Kate has two children, Mia and Joe, and divides her time between New York and the UK.

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Customer Reviews

Excellent coffee table book for all to enjoy.
I loved reading updates on people I had read about in other books and learning about more people who have been helped with communication techniques.
Thank you Kate Winslet for speaking up for them!!

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Beating the Odds at Autism on March 29, 2012
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"Hats off" to Kate Winslet and her beautifully-designed book, along with Margret and Keli - of course! - who allowed us to step inside their lives for a moment. And kudos to all of the "hollywood stars" as well as the "stars of autism" who so graciously contributed in order to "speak to readers" about this very important crusade! While reading last night on my Kindle, I couldn't help but be moved by the email exchanges between Margret and I, too, am the mother of a child with autism. When Margret shared that Keli wasn't diagnosed until four years of age...I felt her angst, as my son was diagnosed at three-and-a-half, which was very, very late, considering he's now 20. I can relate to Margret's comment that Keli is "like a sponge" and absorbing everything around him. When my son was younger, we referred to autism as the "A word" because I just knew in my heart that, although he wasn't able to express himself, he was "taking in" everything that everyone was saying about him...and I never wanted people to talk "about him" as if he wasn't there; but rather, to him...even though we never got a response from him.

Listening to Margret talk about how autism makes you look at life in a different truer words could be spoken. When you see the "veil of autism" begin to be lifted slightly...there are no words to describe your emotions...and I could "feel" Margret's emotions in her email exchanges, and Kate was so receptive and communicatively on point, that I was able to hear her voice and her passion and excitement as I was reading.

In closing, although my son was able to "find his voice" and, despite the pediatric neurologist telling us that he would never "develop any useful language" he is now in his second year at our Community College.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By W. Lawton on April 14, 2012
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Kate Winslet and Margret Ericsdottir have written a compelling book called The Golden Hat, and together have embarked on a Titanic project called The Golden Hat Foundation. They are trying to bring awareness and solutions to a monumental problem, Autism. According to the book, there are approximately 67 million people worldwide with Autism, most of whom are non verbal. The amount of human potential bottled up in these millions of people is staggering. It needs to be released.

If you've ever wondered how some people have such incredible passion for a purpose, read the book and the email exchange between Kate and Margret. It will have you jumping out of the chair and eager to support their cause. Besides the email exchange, which by the way also reveals what's in Keli's (Margret's autistic son) magnificent mind, there are firsthand accounts from newly verbal autistic people, and candid photos and quotes from many Hollywood folks wearing Keli's golden hat. A class act!! If you care about giving these gifted people a chance at life, buy the book and support the foundation. This noble and worthy cause needs the highest possible attention.

In the book Kate says "People with Autism have the potential to achieve great things, but only when given the appropriate support and education". I have seen this first hand and in fact, a few weeks ago went to an event where a 20 year old autistic young man gave his account of growing up with autism. When he was 3, his parents were told he would never speak.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By jessica on March 27, 2012
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I picked a copy today and it was so much more amazing than I thought it would be. First, the story of how Kate Winslet befriended this family and then wanted to do more is inspiring. I was so impressed that she isn't affected by autism in her own family but couldn't just sit back and do nothing. Then secondly, the pictures of the celebrities were so beautiful. They all look like professional layouts but they are all self portraits taken on ordinary cameras... usually smart phones( you can see them in the pictures). The words are so moving and funny!! I too can't imagine if I couldn't communicate with my own child and it just brings a tear to my eye to think of never hearing her voice!! Thank you Kate Winslet for speaking up for them!! This is an amazing book and I plan to buy more now that I have seen it first hand for my daughter's teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week coming up soon and for family members for Easter!! It is truly an amazing book!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Care Girl on March 28, 2012
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I am a HUGE fan of this book, and more importantly, of The Golden Hat Foundation. Individuals with autism have so much locked inside them, waiting to be shared... I know this from watching my beautiful son, Aram, who has severe non-verbal autism: how smart he is, his sense of humor, seeing his frustration at not being able to tell us the simplest of things - this book and this foundation are the beginning of the future face of autism. It was wonderful to see the portraits of non-verbal individuals with autism whom I've read about or seen before; Tito and Dov from the amazing book, "Strange Son," Carly from the ABC "medical mystery" story, and Neal Katz from "Autism The Musical." I applaud and appreciate the celebrities who jumped on board to help Kate Winslet, lending their faces and names. In the book Ms. Winslet describes her epiphany of understanding what it might be like to parent a non-verbal child with autism, and the extreme isolation and challenge it presents for families. It is rare for someone who doesn't walk the journey of autism-parenting to really emotionally glimpse what we go through. From such moments of enlightenment, new worlds are born! Thank you for The Golden Hat. Thank you, Kate, for your compassionate and empathetic nature. And thank-you to Margaret Ericsdottir, Keli's mom, for her immense love, talent and the beauty of what she has shared. And to Keli, for having more courage than most people can ever imagine. I'm hopeful one day to hear Aram's voice, too, and "The Golden Hat" has renewed that hope. I wish this venture wings.

BUY THIS BOOK. Give it as gifts to everyone on your list.
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