Alone Bird

A Story about Autism

Children - Social Issues
31 Pages
Reviewed on 01/30/2022
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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite

Tilly Bird isn’t like most of the kids in her classroom. In fact, she’s so different from them that she feels all alone. There are many reasons why the other students don’t like to interact with her, but it’s mainly her autistic tendencies that she cannot help that isolate her. Her classmates say she’s loud and cries a lot; that she can be mean and likes to hurt people. They also feel that she lives in her own world and simply wanders through the day. What they don’t realize is how sad it makes Tilly that she has trouble participating in activities with the kids in her class. The reason behind her behavior is trying to be noticed and be seen as everyone else. No matter how shy or different someone might be, it helps to feel that you belong, so that’s what the students and teachers begin to do for Tilly so she doesn’t feel alone anymore.

I wish there had a book like Alone Bird: A Story About Autism when I was little. Being on the spectrum, it was so hard fitting in with my peers and a lot of them didn’t understand what was going on with me. Author Amelia Peace has created a wonderful book that will help other children see how everyone is different in their own special way. The illustrations by Georgina Vaughan are also beautifully done and they fit perfectly with the storyline. I can’t wait to see what else Peace writes.