Thursday, October 24, 2019

"The Perfect Project Book" - a bookwrap

This is Charlie.  When Charlie’s class has to do a class project on trains, can he use his SEN Superpowers to help his group get the job done? SEN Superpowers: The Perfect Project  explores the topic of autism with an empowering story and adorable illustrations.


"The Perfect Project"
a book about autism

Authored by Dr. Tracy Packman Alloway
Illustrated by Ana Sanfelippo

* Ages:  5-7
* Grade Level:  K-1
* Paperback:  24 pages
* Publisher: QED Publishing
* Pub. Date:  Oct. 15, 2019
* Language:  English

Unwrapping Some Sweet Illustrations for You to Enjoy

About the Series

The SEN Superpowers series celebrates the positive traits associated with a range of common SEN (Special Education Needs) conditions, boosting the confidence and strength-awareness of children with those conditions, while also allowing for better understanding and positivity among their peers. Each book includes a page of discussion points about the story, a page of tips for how to boost abilities (inclusive for children with and without special educational needs), and, finally, a further page of notes for parents and teachers. The books feature a dyslexic-friendly font to encourage accessibility and inclusivity for all readers.

Unwrapping the Story

Ms. James' class is preparing for the Science Fair and all the students are terribly excited because there is a prize for first place.  Groups are formed and Emma, Matt, and Andrew are in Charlie's group. Charlie is a lovely little boy who is autistic.  Although he may be different socially from the other kids in his class he is accepted and included by the others. 

The group decides their project will be about trains.  Matt crowns himself leader and Charlie shows his proficiency in knowing a whole lot about that subject.  When his group starts working on their train model Charlie's contribution causes the model to collapse  . The reaction of the other members towards the accident makes poor Charlie upset and he runs away as fast as he can covering his ears.  

Ms. James finds him and calms him down then she leads him back to his classroom and reunites him with his group.  The beautiful part of the story is that his group does not mock him or make Charlie feel bad.  His teacher assigns him to write down some facts about trains for their presentation which Charlie does.  He is ably being part of the group... a very important part too!  

The reader discovers that Charlie's contribution will turn out to be the very one that may very well win them first prize!  Will Charlie become a Superhero then? 

The illustrations are wonderful with vibrant colours and lots of expression.  The author has included notes at the end of the book that are informative and helpful in understanding autism much better and even some fun games.  The story teaches kids about tolerance, acceptance and kindness.  It would be a wonderful book to have in a classroom and elementary school library.  I highly recommend this book.

Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!

Meet the author 

Tracy Packiam Alloway, PhD, is an award-winning psychologist, professor, author, and TEDx speaker. She has published 13 books and over 100 scholarly articles on how the brain and memory. She has also provided consultancy to the World Bank on reading in developing countries and is a sought-after speaker internationally. Her research has also been featured on BBC, Good Morning America, the Today Show, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, and Newsweek, and many others.

Twitter: @tracypalloway

About the Illustrator

Ana Sanfelippo was born in Buenos Aires in 1982. She studied graphic design, illustration, and calligraphy, specializing in typography at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA).
Her main media of choice are paper, acrylic, and ink. Her illustrations incorporate many vibrant colors inside natural scenery.
Ana loves traveling, listening music and watching movies as inspirations, but her cat and family are her best motivation in life and in her art.

Ana has illustrated for magazines and books and also designed patterns and other works for various products. She has been exhibited in Buenos Aires and Bratislava. Her typography has been recognized bythe Latin American Biennial of Design (BID) and Tipos Latinos. Currently, she teaches at the University of Buenos Aires.

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