Zoom Autism Magazine Issue 1 Fall 2014 - Page 50

4 5 Look Me in the Eye, My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robison Three Rivers Press Reprint edition (September 9, 2008) My Friend Has Autism by Amanda Doering Tourville Capstone Press (February 2, 2010) This wonderfully written memoir paints a unique rollercoaster world of a brilliant man who has both struggled with and embraced his Asperger’s over a lifetime. John Elder Robison is a colorful storyteller who takes us on a journey that spans his life, childhood through adulthood. How he came to terms with his family life is powerful. John humorously tells of his odd habits and particular ways of thinking and speaking. He then generously shares his insights, explains what he has learned from them, and discusses how he utilizes this knowledge to change the way he sees himself and others. John’s magnanimous personality is evident throughout this book and is a gift to all. At some point in any journey through the autism spectrum, a need will arise for a good children’s book that explains autism. Amanda Doering Tourville, with illustrator Kristin Sorra, presents autism in very basic and accurate terms that children of all ages can understand. The story, told through the eyes of a young boy, explains some of the challenges and rewards of a friendship with someone who has autism. As the story moves along, the pages also contain a “Did you know?” fact that is being described in the story. This book not only teaches tolerance, understanding and acceptance of those who are different from us but also illustrates the rewards of such a friendship. 50 Zoom Autism Through Many Lenses