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Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes Hardcover – November 30, 2005
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The famous people include Albert Einstein, Andy Warhol, Sir Isaac Newton and gives brief pen portraits of their lives, difficulties they encountered and their achievements.
The book is written with children between the ages of eight and twelve years in mind, and could be a useful resource for explaining some of the effects of autism and the feeling of not fitting in or belonging.
It offers good role models and will encourage those children with low self-esteem that they, too, can achieve great things." ---Support for Learning
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Each one of the people in this book were on the a/A spectrum. Many of them, such as the philosopher Kant predated the terms "autism" and "Asperger's" and learned to live with their sensory and perceptual differences. Each and every one of these people have demonstrated how to live successfully on the a/A spectrum. No "Rain Men" here! I just love this book!
Luckily stores in my town have copies of this book and I feel it is something everybody will benefit from. Be sure to ask your libraries to order this book. God bless those who were directly involved in putting this together. This is a book that makes you want to wave your Enigma Banner and celebrate the a/A experience!
Different Like Me is beautifully and richly illustrated, with a fantastic sense of humour in the paintings - the depiction of Einstein with a violin and Dian Fossey staring out a Gorilla are particular favourites of mine. The writing is every bit as deft and fun to read. The book stands in that great tradition of children's books whose primary audience is, of course, the children, but is every bit as enjoyable for their parent.
It is a shame that Temple Grandin is the only character in the book who is alive; that she is also an outspoken advocate for autism is surely no coincidence. Who else living is there that would happily be included here? With the help of books like this, maybe in a generations time we will see far more people in the public eye happy to talk about being autistic, and share their experiences of being different, and all the better for it.
And Jessica Kingsley Publishing, when you do print another edition, because you obviously should, any chance you could improve the dust jacket to include the lovely praise from Temple Grandin? Frankly, it makes no sense to skimp on the cover design of a book with such wonderful illustrations. And while we're nitpicking, let's retouch the glass glare on the otherwise adorable author's photo. (Really, if the author has any photographer friends, they should be ashamed of themselves for not offering to run it through Photoshop for her!) But in any case, PRINT MORE COPIES OF THIS BOOK! There are so many families with special needs kids who need to hear that being different can be great!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book should be in every middle-childhood classroom. Nearly every famous person my child admires has a biography in this book.Published 26 days ago by Victoria Midkiff
Most cases are speculative - but still comforting for those on the Aspie side of the spectrum.Published 4 months ago by DDJM
Perfect book for high functioning autistic student to help them feel great about themselves.Published 7 months ago by Special Teacher
Positive Role models and the feeling of belonging to an exclusive club are concepts explored in this book which is useful for children with Asperger's Syndrome or any form of... Read morePublished 10 months ago by ADAM LOCKSLEY
I didn't realize that this book - for children - celebrated a known child molester: Lewis Carroll. It's incredibly disgusting.Published 11 months ago by ShellyMom
So good for Autistic children to know how many famous people had Autism and had wonderful, fruitful lives.Published 11 months ago by Robert Thomas Sr.
Encouraging to those that really could use some. I like telling people about the people we learned about. Read morePublished 12 months ago by ginny