Since We're Friends

Since We're Friends

An Autism Picture Book

Book - 2012
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A boy describes his friendship with Matt, whose autism spectrum disorder causes him to behave strangely at times, and how he make things easier for Matt at school and in their neighborhood.
Publisher: New York : Sky Pony Press, c2012
ISBN: 9781616086565
1616086564
Branch Call Number: JP SHALLY
Characteristics: [31] p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Harrington, David 1964-- Illustrator
Alternative Title: Since we are friends

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mmcbeth29
May 13, 2015

A young boy has a friend name Matt who has Autism. The boy likes to play with Matt because they have a lot in common. When Matt gets frustrated or anxious, the boy helps to smooth things over by distracting Matt with a new activity. When other kids leave Matt out of their play, the boy asks Matt to come play with his friends. The boy does everything he can to make things easier for Matt.

The illustrations appear to be digitally rendered. They have a cartoon quality. They are colorful and not overly busy so young readers can fully enjoy them.

I have a child with Autism and overall enjoyed the story. It was written to share with other kids what Autism is all about and how to help Autistic peers. I wish we all had such a wonderful friend like this boy! He was mature for his age and always knew how to help Matt. I wished that Matt's friend was not the only one helping him. I would have liked to see more kids as a part of his circle. It is also not the boy's responsibility to always smooth things over. This puts a lot of pressure on such a young kid. I would also reword the scene where it says, "Some kids think Matt is weird because it's hard to understand the way he talks...." This scene puts a negative connotation on things and presents the idea that Autistic kids are weird.
But otherwise, this is a lovely story of acceptance and unconditional friendship. I love the boy's attitude and how he doesn't let differences get in his way. Teachers and parents can read selectively as they feel appropriate for each age group. This book would be a wonderful story for grades K-3.

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May 13, 2015

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 9

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