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Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite
My Brother Is AU-Mazing! by Bethany Lynn is an AU-mazing children’s book. While the book deals with the many complications of Noah’s autism, it also deals with his sister. Too often, the siblings of differently-abled children fall through the cracks. Bethany does not say that Noah is autistic because he is so much more than his problems. He is not disabled, but he is differently abled. Bethany explains that autism is when your brain works differently than others. This presents many challenges. Noah is non-verbal but can communicate through sign language and a tablet. Children on the autism spectrum can be loud, struggle with change, and be overwhelmed by noise. Even though they may find it difficult to concentrate, they often have one endeavor they love and excel at. This book shows life with autism as it is.
Our son is forty-two years old and is on the autism spectrum. He faced many challenges as he grew up but does fairly well. I never say someone is disabled because everyone has abilities. Their abilities may be different, but they are still able. Bethany Lynn does an excellent job of presenting what it is like to live with autism in My Brother Is AU-Mazing! Instead of going into deeply technical explanations, Bethany explains autism in simple terms that even children can understand. Children will learn much about other children who may appear or act differently and understand how to show empathy. Many children with autism struggle to explain what they are experiencing. This book helps others understand the struggles. The illustrations by AnitaDraws4Kids add to the enjoyment of this book. Read this book with your children and then discuss how to love and accept those who are differently-abled. The resources to be found at the back of this book are invaluable.