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Title:
Uniquely wired : a story about autism and its gifts
ISBN:
9781944882198
Physical Description:
31 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm

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Summary

Summary

Zak is obsessed with watches. Before that it was trains. He owns hundreds of watches and is quick to tell everyone everything about them. Zak also has autism, so he sometimes responds to the world around him in unvconventional ways. As Zak describes his point of view, young readers gain a better understanding of his behaviours and learn valuable lessons about patience, tolerance and understanding. Grades K-5


Author Notes

Zak is obsessed with watches. Before that it was trains. He owns hundreds of watches and is quick to tell everyone everything about them. Zak also has autism, so he sometimes responds to the world around him in unvconventional ways. As Zak describes his point of view, young readers gain a better understanding of his behaviours and learn valuable lessons about patience, tolerance and understanding. Grades K-5


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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4-Instead of depicting autism as a disadvantage, Cook portrays Zak as having many gifts to share due to his "uniquely wired brain." Zak has many features that are typical of people with autism, including avoiding eye contact, rapid body movements, an incredible memory, deep passions (trains, watches), and a tendency to repeat phrases. The people in his life, from siblings to teachers, support him and thank him for the patience he teaches them. In creating a positive context around autism and highlighting Zak's similarities and differences, neurotypical students can gain a new perspective. DuFalla's bright cartoon pictures match the upbeat tone of the text and will engage readers. A list of tips for understanding children who are "uniquely wired" is also included. VERDICT A helpful tool for teachers and parents to help foster empathy and understanding among students.-Kathryn Justus, Renbrook School, West Hartford, CT © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.