Monday, July 1, 2013

Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food

I recently found out the son of one of my oldest friends was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. I have heard of Asperger Syndrome, and actually have a few books on the subject in my library. I am aware of some of the symptoms: lack of empathy towards others, difficulty with routine changes, avoidance of eye contact, obsession with interests (trains, dinosaurs, etc.), and the inability to pick up on social cues.

Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food (and Other Life Lessons)
by Jodi Carmichael

It was ironic that I discovered this information right before starting to read Jodi Carmichael's book Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food and Other Life Lessons. This delightful book provides an informative and insightful look through the eyes of a young boy with Asperger Syndrome. I could not see where Connor's age or grade was mentioned. I would say Connor is approximately nine to ten years old and in the fourth, maybe fifth grade. Through his personal dialogue, a day in the life of Connor is written in fourteen life lessons (chapters). In a humorous manner Connor's idiosyncrasies are presented for the reader.

Ms. Carmichael has created a character who can provide information to children of a similar age information about Asperger Syndrome without being disingenuous. Children do not always have an understanding of why they do the things they do, especially when they are a little different than everyone else. Connor provides the reader with a better understanding of what it is like to have Asperger Syndrome.  His character can be helpful for children with the same diagnosis, but can be just as informative to children who interact with someone with this condition.

I have found when a parent needs a recommendation for the title of a book to read in order to help them understand a complex subject matter it is helpful to provide them a book written for adults, but also a book written for children. I am not saying the parent is not capable of understanding the more complex book It can be easier to make personal connections when dealing with a young child if you can relate to the text, especially if it is in a picture book format. I believe this is a perfect example of a title I would recommend to a parent who is seeking information about Asperger Syndrome.

I would highly recommend this title for any children's library collection, or the personal collection of families who have been affected by Asperger Syndrome.

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