We now know that Autism expresses differently in boys than in girls and this has busted open wide the focus and attention on this field. I love having this self-affirming book for children of such a young age. It is an eye-opening experience, walking in someone’s life, with their shoes on. I love how Tilly’s story unfolds naturally, following along the blue squiggle that is every present throughout the book. Following this doodle, we swirl in and out of Tilly’s life, through moments with her family, through her social interactions with children and adults and into her own feelings, thoughts and actions. This is a wonderful, relatable book that gives a voice to girl’s with autism. It is a thoughtful and expressive story that educates us about autism and encourages everyone to look past the diagnosis and to see the person for who they really are. The accompanying illustrations by Ellen Li are charming and highlight the story perfectly. I highly recommend this book for every classroom, library and home.
The back of the book is chock full of further reading suggestions and resources. Also, Tilly has her own Face Book page! #autism #helenbates #jkpbooks #ellenli
Full Disclosure: The publisher sent me a copy of this book. All opinions are my own.