In celebration of April being Autism Awareness Month and as part of my Autism Awareness Challenge, I have just finished All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome by Kathy Hoopmann. I had seen this book many times before in passing at the library in shelving or even referring a patron to a book about Autism or Aspergers geared towards children. However I had never really sat down and read it. The book is pages of very simple statements about Aspergers matched with vibrant, funny and sometimes tear jerking pictures of cats and kittens. It is stunning in it’s simplicity but oh so poignant in it’s message. It is a link to connect children with and without Aspergers to the disease by information given in a form they can relate to. It explains Aspergers in a way a child could understand using cats as examples. Many of the trademark symptoms of Asperger Syndrome are displayed by cats such as liking to be near someone they love but not held or having exceptionally good hearing. This book is such a jewel. The perfect book to help other children understand what a classmate may be going through or a tool to help a child with Autism understand their own world. I was happy to see one Mom blog about her experience reading it to her Autistic son. Bravo Kathy Hoopmann….your book made a difference in a child’s life. Isn’t that the most wonderful feeling of all…what it’s all really about.
My favorite line of the book among many was: “Sure, he may need help following fashionable trends, but don’t forget everyone is different in his own way and there is a little bit of Asperger in us all.”
As the cowardly lion would say “Ain’t it the truth? Ain’t it the truth?””