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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Brianna and Mrs. Moomoo were going to the park and Brianna's father was taking them. Brianna loved parks and all the rides there. She loved the swings more than the slides and Brianna could already see the big red swing set. As soon as her father unbuckled her seat, Brianna took Mrs. Moomoo and ran till she reached the swings. There was a boy there who was looking at the ground and waving his hands in the air. The boy's father told her that Tommy had autism and hand waving is called stimming. Their dog Shadow was also with them in the park.
French Fries in the Park by J.M. Sheridan is a beautiful story that introduces young readers to autism. In this story, readers are introduced to Tommy who has autism and they get to know certain characteristics of autism. The author explains it in a simple and easy way, making readers understand what it is to be autistic and the characteristics of an autistic person. It is adorable to see Brianna and Tommy becoming friends in the park and playing together, though Tommy does not look her in the eye. The illustrations are as charming as the story and bring the characters and the story alive for young readers. This book is a good way to introduce children to autism, especially if there are autistic children at home. Explaining to them with the help of a story and characters like Brianna, Tommy, Shadow, and Mrs. Moomoo will make it easy for them to understand the concept quickly.