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Ian's Walk: A Story about Autism

Ian's Walk: A Story about Autism

By: Laurie Lears
Illustrated by: Karen Ritz
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

Julie can't wait to go to the park and feed the ducks with her big sister. Her little brother, Ian, who has autism, wants to go, too. Ian doesn't have the same reactions to all the sights and sounds that his sisters have. Through its simple plot, the story conveys a complex family relationship and demonstrates the ambivalent emotions Julie feels about her autistic brother. This natural mix of resentment, anger, isolation, loyalty, and love is explained in preliminary notes written by professional pediatric caregivers.

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