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Review: All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome

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?””

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Autism Awareness Challenge

April is Autism Awareness Month and Page Turners Blog has started a great challenge for readers for this month starting on April 1st. I am a little behind on getting my post up but I am very excited about this challenge. I have read many of the most well known books about characters or individuals with autism such as Rules by Cynthia Lord which is one of my all time favorites and Jodi Picoult’s most recent House Rules. I have also read Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Aspergers by John Elder Robison and Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet. Books about mental illness and other disorders intrigue me for many reasons…one of the most personal being that I myself suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. That being said I can often relate to the anxiety and ritual that is often part of life with Aspergers. Therefore I read to learn and even to relate in some ways. I hope this month this challenge will encourage others to seek out a book that they might not have otherwise read about Autism or any other disorder on the Autism Spectrum. All you have to do for this challenge is read a book! How hard can it be? For more information or book suggestions, head over to Page Turners Blog. I myself am going to read All Cats Have Aspergers by Kathy Hoopmann and Daniel Isn’t Talking by Marti Leimbach.

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