Happy Saturday, everyone!
Today, we're reviewing a number of books, beginning with We're Amazing, 1,2,3 - a Sesame Street Big Golden Book!
It's a smart, needed story on how two friends interact with a third friend with autism, and as always - I appreciate Sesame Street helping open the discussion on these issues.
Read on for more!
Published September 5th 2017 by Golden Books
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
We’re Amazing 1,2,3! is the first Sesame Street storybook to focus on autism, which, according to the most recent US government survey, may, in some form, affect as many as one in forty-five children. It’s part of Sesame Street’s autism initiative that has expanded to include a new character with autism. Elmo introduces his longtime friend Julia to Abby, who’s a little confused at first because Julia isn’t saying hello. Elmo explains that Julia has autism, so she does things a little differently. Julia sometimes avoids direct eye contact, flaps her arms when she’s excited, and is sensitive to some noises. But Abby soon learns that she also has a lot of things in common with Julia. All kids want love, friendship, and to have fun! They are all wonderful, each in his or her own way.
See amazing in all children through the Sesame Street Autism Resources Page: http://autism.sesamestreet.org/
This was definitely the case with We're Amazing, 1,2,3, a Sesame Street Golden Book explaining autism to young readers. Readers are introduced to Elmo and Julia's friendship, and author Leslie Kimmelman does a fine job of emphasizing the strength of that friendship, before we learn that Julia has autism.
When new friend Abby comes on the scene, Elmo is matter-of-fact in explaining to Abby that Julia is a little different in terms of how she reacts to specific situations, but both Julia and Abby still have plenty in common. Their interactions are a charming, sensible, young reader reminder on how just because someone may be different in terms of a few things, there's no reason to treat them differently, and Sesame Street does an amazing job of conveying that with genuine sincerity.
All in all, we need far more books like this, as we learn how to be a more inclusive, diverse society. The writing in this book is top notch, and the familiarity of the illustrations and the Sesame Street characters, made even me feel like I was reading (and learning!) from true and familiar friends.
Highly recommend, full stop.
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