Tuesday, October 31, 2017

"The Waiting Song" - a bookwrap

What is Autism?  

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, impaired verbal and non-verbal communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior. Parents usually notice signs in the first two years of their child's life.


"The Waiting Song"

Authored by Natasha Barber
Illustrated by Rayah Jaymes

Ages: 3-7
Grade Level: PS-2

Unwrapping some fabulous illustrations to enjoy

About the book

This is a sweet little book with a huge message.  Nigel, is an adorable four-year old hedgehog, who loves toys and cookies like all the other kids in his class but his behaviour is different.  You see Nigel has autism.  

His vocabulary is limited and he has difficulty using his manners and especially waiting for his turn to arrive.  This causes a lot of friction with both his classmates and his little brother at home.  He thinks he can just take their toys away and use it without asking and he gets upset when time and time again he is confronted with the loud response... "MINE!"  Tears flow and he feels rejected and downhearted. 

His patient teacher Miss Little and his loving Mother all work with him to overcome this behaviour.  The results of Nigel 's actions need to be rectified but how?  

Nigel takes some time out and he thinks and thinks until he has a eureka moment!!! He creates a Waiting Song.  Yes, this could be the answer he is looking for.  He puts his song into practice and low and behold it works!!!!  By singing his song he is able to keep his impulses at bay, be more polite, and wait his turn. 

The illustrations are big, bold, vibrantly coloured and very expressive.  Each character portrayed is truly adorable.   

"The Waiting Song" highlights the struggle of a child with autism and how loving, caring people around him can help him make sense of his world and become more a part of it, accepted and valued.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!

About the author

Natasha Barber, mother of a child on the autism spectrum, is the founder and manager of "Autism Moms Know Safety". She has appeared in numerous parenting blogs such as "Mobile Mommies" and "Paradigm Behavior" and she also has had multiple safety articles featured in "Autism Parenting Magazine". She is a recognized author of the Tommy's Lessons Children's book series. Books in the series include "My Tomato, Guacamole and Onion Sandwich", "My Magic Pet Fish" and "My Super Cool Ant Farm”

About the illustrator

Rayah Jaymes is an illustrator, chef, and musician. She comes from a large multicultural family which inspires her art, creativity, and storytelling. She has illustrated over 15 children’s books and continues to write and illustrate books with a focus on humane education—teaching empathy, understanding, and respect for people, animals, and our environment. Her goal is to encourage children and their parents to learn about the diverse world around them and how they can make it better every day in everything they do. You can find more of Rayah’s work at vcartist.com.

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