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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
A Siblings Guide To Autism is about a girl whose twin brother is on the spectrum and is writing this book for her little sister so she knows what to do when it comes to their autistic sibling. The narrator of the story wishes sometimes that she had a normal sibling to play games with and bike to school together among many other things. For her, it’s sometimes hard to talk about her brother because a lot of people or other kids wouldn’t understand. She tells her little sister that it’s very much her own choice whether to talk about their sibling or not. Their brother lives his life differently and at his own slower pace and can be loud at times to express his frustration because it’s hard for him to communicate those emotions like most people. So far they have been lucky to live in a place where most people are understanding and accepting. It’s been much easier for them and their brother. Things that are easy and simple to other families are often difficult for them. Going out to eat and vacations are hard sometimes but they appreciate them all the more. She wants her sister to know that a lot of the time she won’t have both parents around but there will always be someone there for her. She then tells her sister that there are positives to the situation like fast passes to rides at amusement parks. Finally, she ends by letting her younger sibling know that it does not anyways her fault and that she should use it to grow as a person.
I thought A Siblings Guide To Autism was a wonderful and touching read. As someone who is on the spectrum, I wish that there was a book like this for even my older siblings to have read to gain more of an understanding. I like how Irene Kim wrote this book in a way that a much younger audience would be able to understand. The illustrations are also beautifully done and fit perfectly with the storyline. They are very colorful which will definitely hold a child’s attention. This is the first children’s book about autism that I have come across and I only wish that there were more out there. Kim has done an excellent job and I can’t wait to see what else she publishes.