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review 2017-09-02 12:55
Robin and the White Rabbit by Ase Brunnstrom and Emma Lindstrom
Robin and the White Rabbit: A Story to Help Children with Autism to Talk about their Feelings and Join In - Åse Brunnström,Emma Lindström,Emma Lindström,Tony Attwood

Genre:  Autism / Animals / Disability / School / Friendship


Year Published: 2017


Year Read:  2017

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Source: eARC (Edelweiss)

 

 

I would like to thank Edelweiss and Jessica Kingsley Publishers for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

It is rare that I find children’s books that discusses autism and how the protagonist who has autism deals with it. So, imagine my surprise and delight when I found out that Edelweiss has a copy of a children’s book that deals with autism called “Robin and the White Rabbit” by Åse Brunnström and Emma Lindström and man, was I impressed by this inspiring children’s book!

Meet Robin! 

Robin is a young girl who often has trouble expressing her true feelings as her emotions seems bottled up inside of her (or in this case, are shown as words that swirl around her) and she has problems with communicating with other children because of this. One day, when Robin goes and sits underneath a tree by herself while the other children are playing on the playground, a white rabbit suddenly comes up and offers Robin a way to communicate her feelings by showing her pictures of her favorite activities and making a chart that shows what activities she likes and what activities she does not like.

Wow! I was quite impressed with this book as it was both creative and inspiring at the same time! It is rare that I have read a book that deals with autism and Åse Brunnström and Emma Lindström have both done a wonderful job at writing this story as they show what autism is like and how you can help anyone who has autism express their feelings more clearly. I like the fact that Robin becomes friends with a white rabbit who truly helps Robin cope with her autism. I especially loved the way that the rabbit helps Robin by showing her pictures of various activities that she could play and placing them on a chart that tells the audience what activities she likes and what activities she does not like. This activity would certainly help a parent or a teacher understand about how to deal with children or other people who have autism and gain a better understanding of what having autism is like. I will admit that I was a little curious about whether or not the white rabbit is a figment of Robin’s imagination or really exists in that world, but because I loved the idea about this book exploring autism and the white rabbit helping Robin deal with her autism, I eventually did not mind where the white rabbit came from. Emma Lindström’s artwork is highly creative as the artwork has a mixture of watercolor drawn characters mixed with realistic photos which gives the story a unique atmosphere. I also loved the images of the white rabbit itself as it is drawn in a cute way and I loved seeing the little blue bag it carries as it makes me interested in seeing what the white rabbit has in its bag!

Overall, “Robin and the White Rabbit” is a truly cute and inspiring story that would be great for parents and teachers who are dealing with children and loved ones with autism and it is definitely a children’s book that is worth checking out! I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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text 2017-08-30 15:35
Ready for September and Halloween Bingo
Help for the Haunted - John Searles
The Killer Inside Me - Jim Thompson
Witches of Lychford - Paul Cornell
Misery - Stephen King
Bitten - Kelley Armstrong
A Murder Is Announced - Agatha Christie

The hardest part is waiting for September 1st!

 

I've got these books teed up and ready to go.  In the meanwhile, I'll pick away at the rest of my stack of library books.  I'm finishing up my Summer Lovin' reading list and other odds & ends that seem to be lingering in my reading life.

 

I'm ready, y'all.

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text 2017-08-29 16:43
New Member Help!
blogging friend tried to join BL but is having trouble. Has anyone encountered/fixed this kind of issue? I'd like to help her but I don't know where to begin. Thanks in advance.
 

Tried setting up a profile on BL but it's not working out-nothing but trouble with setting up. My blog name, theme and pic is there (sometimes) but with other peoples posts and books on it. I've spent 2 hours on this and it's driving me mad. Might just stick to GR.

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text 2017-08-27 00:53
A Little Help Choosing...

 

So I've seen these in several articles/blogs and I finally decided to give it a try.  I re-purposed a pickle jar (the lid still stinks of pickles, lol) and used some supplies left over from my kids' various projects. And then my kid found me and decided to help :) I wrote down all the books from my various 2017 TBR lists (e.g., Beat The Black List, Banned,) and added them to the jar.

 

Now I have to wait to use it because I found this: THE EMPRESS ARC Giveaway!  I just got the first book of the series.  Now I have to read and review it in hopes that I can enter the giveaway for book 2.

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review 2017-08-25 20:32
Beyond Dolls & Guns: 101 Ways to Help Children Avoid Gender Bias - Susan Hoy Crawford,Crawford, Susan Hoy Crawford, Susan Hoy

This book has some good information on the basics of gender bias. It was written in the 90's so some of the information is a bit out of date, but (sadly), most of it is still very relevant today. Crawford did a good job focusing on various topics such as issues for boys, sexist language, and how to cope. I did like the appendixes in the book which were "Nonbiased, Inclusive Language", "Research Summaries" (on girls and boys), and "Famous Women in History". This first focuses on problems with language used and replacement words, which was very helpful. I also enjoyed the last appendix, which give brief information on a variety of women (not just white women). Overall, a good read with some important information, if a little bit out of date.

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