I recieved a complementary pdf copy of this book for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are entirely my own, however.
I was very excited to sign up to review this book as I am always on the lookout for books written for children pertaining to Autism/Asperger's.
This book was interesting and different than I expected it to be. I like the approach of learning to accept oneself rather than trying to change to fit in.
"No matter what I did, I could not change what made me uncomfortable...I decided to go to the river, the place where I knew I could be happy, and learn how to be myself...Rosie, a pink hippo." That sentence is so very powerful. That lesson was, to me the most profound, and I relates to it both as someone who has struggled to "fit in" many times in my life, but also as a mom to kids on the Autism Spectrum.
I felt the illustration of the river choosing it's own path was not as clear or concise as the story of Eli-zee, and to me personally, it felt like the story was longer than would have held the interest of my big kids. Kit would probably have liked the pictures, but there is too much text for her, and of course the lessons are directed at older children anyway.
And I'm not positive that Zak, would be able to really discern the lessons in this book and make personal application without assistance, but he might. Grace would need guidance and more explicit explanations.
While not my favorite style, I still think this is a good book for parents to go through with their kids, or teachers with their students.
I give it three stars.
Happy reading, everyone!