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Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen for Readers' Favorite
Jake is Different, written by Rosita Bird, follows a young boy named Jake. Jake has autism and he is starting school for the first time. Going to school is a different experience for Jake, and he doesn't like the noise the children make. Jake doesn't like the food served in the cafeteria either. Jake has a dog, named Joey, that he talks to after school. The next day, a girl named Hannah says hi to him, and he says hi back. The two start talking about their pets, and they become friends. Will Hannah be able to help Jake?
I really enjoyed reading Jake is Different by Rosita Bird. The characters are all very likeable, especially Hannah, because she is very kind. She helps Jake at school and becomes his friend. This book would be great when explaining autism to young children. The pictures, by Lynn Costelloe, are very well drawn and depict each scene very well. The pictures are also very colorful, and children will enjoy looking at them. The book is realistic and relatable, because many people have autism, or know someone who has autism. The book is very well written and descriptive, and also has a page about signs and symptoms of autism. This information would be able to help people understand autism better. The book shows and describes autism very well. I would recommend Jake is Different by Rosita Bird to all young children, especially if they have met someone with autism.