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Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite
Do you know a child on the autism spectrum or the parent of a child with autism? If so, this book is for you. It will help you understand the unique way that those on the spectrum interact with the world. Bubbs is a child with autism, and through his dreams of planets in space, the reader learns his way of understanding things around him. Children with this disorder are often overwhelmed by the bombardment of stimuli. One neat thing about Bubbs is that he communicates with sign language. Many children do this when they have trouble speaking or the words do not form from their thoughts. In addition, Bubbs has friends who make his life more manageable. Finally, the book points out that Bubbs is different but is also the same. That is true for all who are different because of a disease, skin color, nationality, or other factors. Bubbs's friends realize he is different, but they look for and emphasize how they are alike. Emily Jean Sanders has provided an excellent book for all connected with autism in Bubbs in Space.
Children and adults with autism are not disabled. They are very able, just in a different way. I much prefer the term differently-abled. Bubbs is one such young person. Emily Jean Sanders pulls the curtain back and invites us into the world of autism. Bubbs shares his dreams of the different planets he visits with his friends. Music is enjoyable, but in Bubbs in Space, the reader learns that sometimes too much music becomes an irritating noise that must be escaped. People with autism often struggle with too much of a good thing. They take life in small doses. My son was diagnosed with Asperger’s in 1987. We learned that he needs to be given choices between this or that and not many options. He also has his own way of thinking. I highly recommend reading this book and sharing it with anyone interested in those on the spectrum. This book is an excellent resource and a wonderful platform to help your children understand those who are different.