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Reviewed by Diana Lopez for Readers' Favorite
Autism is an increasingly common condition, but talking about it can be complicated. Choosing the correct words to explain it to a child requires care. I Am Normal And So Are You demonstrates that children with autism can live and interact with other children. The narrative is from the point of view of an autistic child. He explains what things he can do just like others. He mentions the places he enjoys visiting and comments that he likes learning new things. He shows that, like other children, he also enjoys interacting and playing. As he relates his story, we find him sharing moments with his brother because they can walk and play together without any difficulty. Ashley Eddy drew on her experiences with her children to write this story, which will help many children gain acceptance.
I Am Normal And So Are You is a visually attractive book. The drawings are simple but cheerful, and all the images depict pleasant moments that show friendship and companionship. The narration has a significantly melodious and enjoyable rhythm. The lesson is meaningful because it teaches us not to set limits, as children with autism also enjoy the same activities as others. This story provides the opportunity to talk about it with children. Ashley Eddy is a mom who understands the situation, and her book conveys her affection. She shows that accepting differences is a natural process. This book is an easy way for parents and teachers to explain to children what autism involves.