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On Ashley Waring’s “Reading on the Spectrum” (from Sept/Oct 2010)

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“Many people see Ferdinand as a pacifist. I see him as a bull on the autism spectrum: confined to a private world, comforted by his rituals.” Children’s librarian and mom of a son with autism, Ashley Waring writes about her struggles with and strategies for engaging her child in books in her article, “Reading on […]

Z Is for Moose

Z is for Moose

Here’s a long post coming on the heels of yesterday’s announcement that we would start to get shorter. I’m justifying the length because I suspect Z is for Moose is one of the top contenders this year, and — if my research is correct — it is one of the two most starred picture books […]

Review of Z Is for Moose

z is for moose

Z Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham; illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky Primary    Greenwillow    32 pp. 3/12    978-0-06-079984-7    $16.99 If you think you’ve seen every possible idea for an alphabet book played out, think again. Even before the title page of this very funny and inventive ABC, cast members Apple, Ball, Cat, Duck, Elephant, Fox, […]

Reading on the Spectrum

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Life with my two young sons is a study in contrasts. Alden (almost five) is high-strung; Griffin (my two-year-old) is mellow. Alden couldn’t care less about food; Griffin lives to eat. Alden keeps to himself; Griffin never stops talking. Alden has autism; Griffin does not. That last contrast is a biggie, and undoubtedly a contributing […]