Autism Parenting Magazine Issue 74 (Member's Dashboard) - Page 52

WHAT'S NEW ON THE BOOKSHELF? Delightful New Book About a Girl's Autism Journey a Good Read for All B efore autism was a word or a diagnosis, it existed. Children with these issues were considered “odd.” Today, autism afflicts one in 68 children in the United States. This means that most of students will, sometime during their school career, meet someone with autism. Rebecca & Heart is a story set in pre-WWII London. Rebecca is “odd.” When a stray mutt that she calls Heart shows the community how to enter Rebecca’s closed world, life changes for everyone. The story, narrated by a loveable fly-on-the-wall, is written for middle-grade readers. Experts in the field of autism who endorse the book believe it should be read by every age. Getting to know Rebecca, under- standing her behavior, caring what happens to her, can help students become more accepting, more tolerant, and compassionate when they meet peo- ple with autism in their classrooms. Less fear, less embarrassment, more knowledge, and understand- ing can reduce bullying and create better learning environments for all students. This light-hearted, of- ten humorous book is a way to do this. With 16 published books of children’s literature for pre-K through high school, Deanna Klingel spends a lot of time on the road visiting schools, giving presentations at museums, performing in reenactments, and speaking at conferences. Several of the books have received awards or recognitions. Deanna lives in North Carolina with her husband Dave and golden retriever Buddy. Her seven children are grown and married. Her writing career started when the last child left home. Website: To purchase: ebook/dp/B078TQML5Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UT- F8&qid=1515532903&sr=8-1&keywords=rebecca+and+heart+by+deanna+k.+klingel 52 | Autism Parenting Magazine | Issue 74