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on March 2, 2016

I’ve been interested in this book ever since I first heard about it. And I’m glad I finally picked it up.

Sachiko Azuma is at first perfectly happy. She’s happily married to a business man and just gave birth to her first baby boy. But then her husband starts working more and is never happy when home. And her perfect baby boy cries all the time and doesn’t like it when she holds him. He acts different than the other kids, but Sachiko doesn’t know how to handle it.

When it gets so bad she can’t handle it, she has to accept that her son is autistic, and then she has a fight with her husband.

It’s really tough at times, and seemed really realistic. Harshly realistic, really. Because at this point, few people knew what autism was, and most believed that it was caused by the mother not raising the child correctly. Hikaru, her son, is definitely hard to get to know; he doesn’t talk, he doesn’t understand social conventions, he doesn’t like being touched. But slowly, Sachiko learns how to handle him, how to teach him in a way he’ll understand, and she meets people who understand and help her.

Living with autism is hard, and it takes a while for Sachiko to get used to it, to really understand it. But I like that she grew confident in herself and how she dealt with Hikaru, even in public. I especially liked that she didn’t try to hide it, that she was honest with everyone around her when it became apparent that something was odd with Hikaru. And it was nice that her husband and family backed her up about it.

I wasn’t sure where her marriage was going to go in the beginning, because her husband was just a jerk. But after their fight, when he gets overworked, he has to face reality and decide that being with his family is more important. I was really happy when he started really caring for Sachiko again, and when he started paying attention to Hikaru. That was really nice to see.

I was really impressed with this book. The writing is a little immature, rushed at times, but that got better throughout the book. Mostly, the look at autism was so realistic, and I was impressed with how it was handled. And not only with the Azuma’s household and family life, but the side characters have really realistic personalities and troubles.

I was really happy with this book, and I’m glad I picked it up.

[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]
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VINE VOICEon February 18, 2012
This beautifully done manga effort provides so much insight into raising a child with autism for those unfamiliar with the disorder that I cannot rate it less than five stars. Japanese manga artist Keiko Tobe was inspired to create this series after meeting a child with autism, a male kindergarten classmate of her younger son, as well as the boy's mother, who wanted him to be a "cheerful working adult". Serialization of this story began in 2000 in a Josei drama manga magazine called "For Mrs." that provides stories aimed at housewives about everyday experiences of women living in Japan. Entries were later collected into volumes, and this volume is the first of an eventual 8-volume English translation. Some readers might be interested in knowing that in 2004 it was also adapted as a Japanese television drama that won several awards, including "Best Drama" at Japan's 41st Television Drama Academy Awards.

This series is about a family whose son Hikaru is autistic, and this first volume follows alongside Hikaru's birth and how his mother Sachiko later works with him through his early elementary years after realizing that her son is different than other children. While the dreams she had for her son were initially shattered, the story elegantly walks the reader through the various stages of acceptance in these early years, both of Sachiko and the individuals surrounding the life of the family, and shows the eventual strength that Sachiko develops as a mother warrior fighting to help her son. Judgmental family members, ignorant physicians, and a misinformed public. It's all there. As the father of a son diagnosed with autism, I see my family and health care providers, as well as the general public, in this story. Although developments in autism research have increased significantly in the last several years, and there is residual misinformation from previous decades in this story, I continue to spread the word about this series and am looking forward to reading subsequent volumes.
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on April 2, 2017
Wonderful. Deserving of much greater recognition. I found a later volume of this at a library sale and used Amazon to get the others. Feels like I didn't pay enough. The visual storytelling conveys the lack of verbal communication that the autistic suffer. A must have.
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on July 13, 2015
A great read
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on April 9, 2014
This is my favorite book series, and this book was in good condition. The cover had some wear and tear, but it wasn't enough to leave the pages vulnerable, which is what really counts if you love books. And it came on a timely manner, so I was happy with that.
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on September 26, 2010
It was fun reading, addicting and moving. It help open my eyes into a new world: autism, it's unique qualities and how it is perceived by the people around it. It makes me want to know more about it, can't wait for the #2! Oh, and the drawings were great, the emotions and everything are so well captured. The translation does come bad once or twice, but for the rest of it I find it pretty good and coherent.
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on May 3, 2014
This is a good resource for parents with autistic children. It has enough pictures for even the most difficult of people to read.
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on March 5, 2015
great book
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on March 13, 2012
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on January 12, 2013
i liked the idea of the story, and was excited to reading about Autism. the first chapters in Vol was very good, but after that the story is moving very slow, and barely could finish the 1st volume. but i have a habit of buying the fall series to reduce the shipment cost ( out side US). so i regretted that i bought 4 Volumes and i am reading them now. they became very boring, all the time the mother is walking and saying that she have an autistic child.
but the good thing about the manga is that it gives lots of information about autism and how to deal with it.
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