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If I Could Talk Paperback – November 28, 2017
About the Author
Creator and founder of "Celebrating Awetism," Lily dreams of helping all people understand and appreciate children diagnosed with or suspected of being found on the autism spectrum. Lily grew up in and lives in Hawaii with her family.
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The first thing I noticed about this book was the beautiful illustrations. Ellen Sallas did an amazing job of making each picture, bright and colorful and pleasant to the eyes.
The story itself was written from the perspective of a little monkey with autism. Through a dream that he has, the reader gets a peek at how he sees the world around him and why he does the things that we might find puzzling. We are shown how sometimes small changes can make a big difference. It is all done in such a positive way without troubles or blame. I love the sweetness of the story and how it encourages the reader to think of people in their own lives and to come up with ways to be thoughtful of people who may be experiencing the world differently.
This book would be great for anyone, especially classrooms, churches, daycares, family members,... anyone that knows someone who thinks and acts differently. It was written with autism in mind, but it would be good for anyone learning or wanting to be compassionate and loving to someone who has different needs and abilities.
The illustrations by Ellen Sallas are bright, descriptive, and fun.
I will be purchasing another copy for our church.
From her own experiences with her son, Joseph, she takes the reader inside the mind of Oliver, the monkey. Because he has some issues unique to autism, she's able to educate the reader in the most effective way to interact with any child you may encounter who has autism.
This book belongs on the shelf of every child daycare center, as well as in every church nursery. The lessons at the end were a great surprise, as they really help the reader think about how they can be a better person when they have the privilege to spend time with anyone with autism.
The illustrations are beautifully done, and draw the reader into the story.
I will be recommending this book (and future ones) to become part of the library of tools used in post disaster recovery work. Children are extremely vulnerable during that time, and having the knowledge of how best to work with these kids is just another way to make a disaster less scary to everyone.
Great job by all!
This is a great book. I loved it all around. The cover caught the eye of my little cousin, and really wanted me to read it to her (already planned). The content of the book, what it was about, what it all said, was really good as well. It started out like a child's book, which is perfectly fine. It then went into detail about autism, and I was astounded, still in a format where kids would like it too. At the end of the story, it then gave some activities to do, which is something unique to this book, and the type of activity was great. It then had discussion points. Both of these are a great way to engage with the child you're reading it too, and leave more of a mental footprint than just an ordinary book. This one has meaning to it. Everything about this was perfect. I am highly satisfied with this book, and highly recommend it.