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This heartwarming story introduces young readers to autism, a disability that can be particularly confusing for those who know little about it. Mary Thompson, author My Brother, Matthew brings her charming story alive with vivid watercolours. ‘Around and around went the frisbee. Around and around and around, all recess long.’ Sarah, the new girl at school, is curious about why Andy spins his yellow frisbee every day by himself on the playground. In fact, Andy’s seeming fascination for objects in motion is characteristic of his autism. When Sarah tries to talk to Andy in the playground, Rosie, Andy’s older sister, watches and worries about how her brother may react. Rosie knows that Andy is in his own world most of the time, and that he has trouble finding the words to express himself. Though he doesn’t talk to her, Sarah thinks she understands why Andy spins things so much. And Rosie is relieved to see that her brother doesn’t need her protection. She’s hopeful about Andy’s next encounter with Sarah.
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