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Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes



By: Jennifer Elder(Author Illustrator) Marc Thomas(Illustrator)

Language: English

Genre: Children's Books

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (16 Dec. 2005)

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The original title of the book: Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes

Different Like Me introduces children aged 8 to 12 years to famous, inspirational figures from the world of science, art, math, literature, philosophy and comedy.

Eight-year-old Quinn, a young boy with Asperger's Syndrome, tells young readers about the achievements and characteristics of his autism heroes, from Albert Einstein, Dian Fossey and Wassily Kandinsky to Lewis Carroll, Benjamin Banneker and Julia Bowman Robinson, among others. All excel in different fields, but are united by the fact that they often found it difficult to fit in-just like Quinn.

Fully illustrated in colour and written in child-friendly language, this book will be a wonderful resource for children, particularly children with autism, their parents, teachers, carers and siblings.

Different Like Me is a well written, informative book that introduces children - aged 8 and up - to quirky famous people; people who excelled in their chosen filed, be it music, art, science and even comedy, but didn't quite fit in. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of what made them tic and the fact that there were a good proportion of women this is a great confidence booster for children with a `high functioning' Autistic Spectrum Disorder, an opportunity for them to show off, and an enjoyable read for every one, to boot!' -- Education Otherwise Autistic children and their friends will find much to admire in these people and will learn that being different can have its positive points. Excellent for school libraries and for the home as well. -- www.healthybooks.org.uk I see this book as useful for children aged eight to twelve, for families with a young child with autism and for schools to be able to celebrate difference. So often the differences we identify and celebrate are the visible ones, but it is vital that we can see the individuality of each person as a cause for celebration too. This book will help all those reading it to remember the autism heroes and recognise the special differences and individuality of children with autism. -- Rostrum Different Like Me is a book describing the lives of various people who found it difficult to fit into society. There are both famous and historical people who found it difficult to fit into society. There are both famous and historical people who all excelled in their chosen fields. It is beautifully illustrated and starts with an introduction to Quinn, who describes what it feels like to be different from others- to be, in fact, autistic.The famous people include Albert Einstein, Andy Warhol, Sir Isaac Newton and gives brief pen portraits of their lives, difficulties they encountered and their achievements.The book is written with children between the ages of eight and twelve years in mind, and could be a useful resource for explaining some of the effects of autism and the feeling of not fitting in or belonging.It offers good role models and will encourage those children with low self-esteem, that they, too, can achieve great things. -- Support for Learning I think this book would be a useful addition to the library of any secondary school with youngsters with Asperger's Syndrome or higher level ASD -- Michael Jones, Educational Consultant `Written through the eyes of 8 -year-old Quinn who has Asperger's syndrome (AS), this delightfully illustrated book introduces famous and talented people who are felt to have autism or AS. Historical and present day personalities are included, from the sciences, music, literature, art and comedy. In describing each individual and his or her special talents, this lively little book shows the diversity that is found within the autistic spectrum. The writer gives a clear message that being different is not just ok but is something to celebrate. Her aim was to help children with autistic spectrum disorders understand their diagnosis. The illustrations and single-page, clearly written accounts make this plausible. Although the book is intended for 8 to 12 year olds, it would also be relevant to families, friends, carers and educators.' -- Good Autism Practice The book begins with a young boy going to the Doctor who subsequently tells him that he is autistic. The doctor explains that this means that he is different and may find it difficult fitting in. The book then introduces him to inspirational famous and historical figures, all of which excel in their own particular field but are united by the fact that they too, found it difficult to fit in. Each page has a different person's life story and an illustration of the person. The stories are written very simply, easily read and understandable, yet truly inspirational and very educational. -- Autism Awareness Albert Einstein, Andy Warhol, Isaac Newton, Lewis Carol and Hans Christian Andersen had one thing in common. According to this book they all had autistic spectrum disorder. It tells the very interesting stories of 20 men and women who didn't "fit in" with other people but were talented and successful in their own fields. The stories are illustrated by original paintings of each person.'Different like me, by Jennifer Elder, is a book that celebrates some of the great things achieved by people on the Autism spectrum.The book is aesthetically pleasing: well presented; beautifully illustrated, and easy to read, both in content and layout. -- Children Young People & Families This book will help inspire kids who are different and shows them that they too can succeed. -- Temple Grandin, Associate Professor of Animal Science, Colorado State University, and author of Animals in Translation

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  • By niki on 28 April 2017

    An exciting book about many famous people who just happen to be very interesting as well as having autism. I had not heard of a few of them and the ones I had heard of are Albert Einstein, Hans Christian Andersen, Alan Turing and Nikola Tesla. Some other famous people in the book are Immanuel Kant, Barbara McClintock, Joseph Cornell, Dian Fossey, Temple Grandin and a few more.The book is written through the eyes of a young boy who is 8 years old and has Aspergers Syndrome. It is really nicely written and would be a wonderful book to read to a group of children. Each chapter is a different person and a short introduction to their life and their wonderful achievements with mention of their personality and how it may be perceived as being different to others.Hans Christian Andersen wrote many stories and the two that stand out for me the most are "The Ugly Duckling as well as The little mermaid".The many gifted and talented people in this book are really amazing. Glen Gould the musician is described in the following way "What made him different also made him great". I think that quote really sums up everyone mentioned in this book.It is lovely to be different and for people to recognise that in a positive way. This book is special and I would highly recommend it.I have the kindle version but will buy the paper version for my daughter to take to school so that she can read it to the 9-11 year old children where she is training to be a teacher.

  • By Philip on 10 August 2017

    Finally, a positive book about autism! So many books are really depressing about autism but this one is a winner for reading to the kids (and is interesting for adults too). Great book.

  • By Pam on 15 July 2017

    My boy loves this book - he can see that autism does not stop you from being great

  • By Jennygorge on 10 May 2007

    This book celebrates the differences of people in a clear, straightforward way, by using the examples of famous people past and present. Improving self esteem and confidence in children is vital, but never so much as when the child has a difference. Also good to read as a parent or family member to remind us to always build on strengths.

  • By S. Parkes on 5 November 2012

    My son, who is 8, is an academically bright boy who can struggle with social interactions and definitely sees the world a bit differently to some of his peers.Researching homework about heroes we came across this book and ordered it more from curiosity than anything else. It arrived an hour ago and is being read from cover to cover with complete absorption. It has the perfect combination of interesting detail and humour, with my son constantly telling me a new fact he finds amazing as well as laughing out loud from time to time. This book discusses autism in the well written and relaxed introduction but after that it focuses on the amazing achievements of people from Einstein to Mondrian. What is particularly endearing is the way the narrative on each character renders them very human discussing their likes and dislikes, good and bad habits as well as their inventiveness and creativeness - all are discussed with equal emphasis. Thanks for writing this book - I have had real pleasure watching my son read it tonight and it will be valued for a long time.

  • By Mrs. Kate Crosby on 25 July 2011

    My 6 year old is a recently diagnosed Aspergers with a very high IQ, and this book was just what he needed to help him understand he's not on his own. The look on his face as he discovered about these amazing people and their achievements made this book worth every penny. I can't recommend it highly enough.

  • By edrm on 11 November 2008

    This book sure gives a lot of hope to any kinds of autistic people; it shows us all the people mentioned in this book turned out to be successful although they weren't always good at fitting in. Simply put, they were differently-abled, not mentally retarded at all. I guess that's mainly because they had different sort of talents nobody else had ever thought of. I know there are still biased people against mental illness and impairments. However, I'd like them to deal with this book to think twice about mental or developmental challenges. And let me get it straight: You'll eventually get burned if you put down this book! That's why I would like not only people with autism or AS but NT people to buckle down to this inspiring book! Don't label this 'just for kids only'!

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