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Ethan's Story; My Life With Autism

4.64  ·  Rating Details ·  89 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
A children's book written by eight year old Ethan Rice who happens to be autistic. In this fully illustrated book Ethan explains what autism means to him and why he feels so very blessed that God made him this way.
Paperback, 28 pages
Published June 2012 by Anchor Group Publishing
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Heather Alexander
Nov 19, 2012 Heather Alexander rated it it was amazing
This book is about Ethan and the things he has to deal with on a daily basis as a child with autism. The fact that this book was written by a brilliant autistic child is amazing to me. I read it to both of my children, one who is being tested for aspbergers (mild form of autism). There were so many things in this book that she related to and my other daughter could relate to some of the issues as well, although she is not autistic. This book is something I think all kids should read as it is not ...more
Wanda Hartzenberg
Dec 12, 2012 Wanda Hartzenberg rated it it was amazing
What a stunning story to raise awareness for Autism! I really liked it and figure it might help others get a small grip on something they do not understand.
S. Policar
Sep 24, 2013 S. Policar rated it it was amazing

First I'd like to explain a few things to you my loyal fans. I've wanted to read this story since I first about it on the Lil Anchor's facebook page. More importantly I wanted my six year old daughter to read this story. Children and Adults with Autism are often treated harshly, looked at strange. or made fun of. This is due in large to parents not teaching their children about the disorder. I'll admit myself I know very little about Autism but I teach my children to love everyone even if they'
Bex 'n' Books
Sep 27, 2012 Bex 'n' Books rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a beautiful story!
My Life with Autism is written by Ethan Rice who is 8 years old and lives with autism. This book allows the reader to see the world through Ethan's eyes and offers an insight into his so many thoughts and feelings about being autistic and how other children and adults treat him. The fact that this book is written by an 8 year old is amazing and his conclusion as to why God made him that way made me smile.

The illustrations are fantastic and very engaging as they're bri
Apr 12, 2013 Joy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
As a mom of an Ethan with autism, I was both touched and impressed by this book. I recognized (and my own Ethan did too) the situations and the feelings that Ethan expressed. It's an incredible and accessible way to explain ASD to children both neurotypical and on the spectrum. I feel like this would also be a great way to explain some aspects of ASD to adults as well.

It's not possible to see a child or adult with autism and recognize that they are on the spectrum- they are just like the rest o
Jul 20, 2016 Shannon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christian parents of children with High-Functioning Asperger's Syndrome
Shelves: not-a-fan
The book was bland and geared more toward those with high-functioning Asperger's Syndrome than more severe or lower-functioning levels of Autism Spectrum Disorder. The biggest problem that I have with this book is that it speaks of God in the "autism is a gift" and "God won't give you more than you can handle" sense. This reeks of the disgusting attitude worn by those who have no idea what it's like to have a child who has a lower level of functioning and possibly even other ...more
Valerie Mcqueen
Dec 30, 2012 Valerie Mcqueen rated it it was amazing
Ethan's Story: My Life With Autism by Ethan Rice

Rating 5*****

This book was provided free from the author in exchange for honest literary review.

Ethan I want to say thank you. I am a mom of a child with Autism along with several other developmental disorders. The simplicity of Ethan's word took me, its a concept I try to explain to so many concerning my Jordan. Autistic children look normal so many do not understand why their brains are wired differently. My son is he most loving and amazing lit
Dec 30, 2012 Andrea rated it it was amazing
I snatched up this book during an Anchor Publishing Group sale for Kindle and wish I also had it in paperback. Autism is near and dear to my heart, as I have several friends with children with autism and have also taught many. They are some of my favorite kids, because I love the way their minds work. They really are just kids whose brains work differently.

Ethan decided to write this book to help explain to his classmates what it meant for him to have autism. He first points out how kids are the
Alicia Michaels
Dec 21, 2012 Alicia Michaels rated it it was amazing
What a great little book! The best part about it is the author is only 8 years old and is Autistic himself! Who better to give other children a lesson on their peers with special needs, than a child with special needs?

The book starts off talking about how we are all different. Some kids are tall, different color eyes, etc. Then it goes into children that have special needs like glasses or a special diet. It is a perfect start, as it is true that all of us are different. It is so important that
Cheri Clay
Apr 03, 2014 Cheri Clay rated it it was amazing
Ethan is an adorable little boy who has autism. He tells us in his own words what it is like in his world since he sees the world differently than others do.

As a Sunday school special needs teacher I truly love this book. Not only does it help me to understand a child with autism better but written from a child’s prospective teaches other children about autism. The illustrations are beautiful and are a perfect match to the story. This would be an outstanding companion book to “My Friend with Au
Dec 12, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author for an honest review.

When Ethan Rice was four years old, he was diagnosed with high-functioning autism. He decided that he wanted to tell his first grade class that he had autism on his seventh birthday. His parents asked him many questions about what having autism felt like for him and wrote his answers down as a reference for when he told his class. Those answers are now published so more people can understand what it is like to have autism. While each chil
Jennifer  Davis
Sep 03, 2012 Jennifer Davis rated it it was amazing
This is a true story written by Ethan, a eight year old with autism. In his own words, he describes how autism effects him and explains how very blessed he really is. Me and my 5 year old son loved the story and the illustrations are amazing. My son connected with some of the feelings Ethan shares, since my son shares some of the same experiences in life. A heart warming story that helps kids, and adults, know that all of us are different, but for some, there are some experiences that are shared ...more
Aug 21, 2012 Autumn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, kindle, non-fiction
Now lets be upfront here.. I am the mother of a child who has Autism.. He also has other medical conditions that make it unclear just how impacted he is.. My son looks just like you and me, however when he speaks it is clear he is somewhat different.. Besides the beautiful illustrations provided by the obviously very talented Crystal Orb what i love about Ethan's story is for years Ive struggled trying to explain my son to family, friends, and acquaintances.. At home he just IS! Out there he is ...more
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
Sep 11, 2013 Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children and Parents and even Teachers
Recommended to Jenny Bynum by: Lil Anchor's Group
This is the absolute amazing story of the author who is a child and has autism. I enjoyed every minute reading and stopping to stare and enjoy the illustrations in the book too. As a person who has work with children and adults who have had autism, the symptoms of everyday activity for the author are the same. It brought back many fun times with a person who is autistic and it is truly amazing what you can learn from anyone who has a developmental disability of any kind. And it brought back the ...more
H.J. Daly
Dec 27, 2012 H.J. Daly rated it it was amazing

This is a children’s book written by eight year old Ethan Rice. It is fully illustrated and shows you how Ethan deals with life with autism.

The illustrations are fantastic in their simplicity. Very well drawn and nicely coloured. What I loved about this book, even when we are only given a line or two per page, is the insight we get from this. I know it is aimed at children but I still found this very interesting. I love that we are told about how he feels in different situations and how he looks
Tanja Brewer
Dec 27, 2012 Tanja Brewer rated it it was amazing
I honestly at a loss of words... for an 8yr old to write a book that has touched as many people as it has is outstanding! I read Ethan's story first and then I read it to my daughters who are 1 & 2 and its in constant rotation for bed time stories. For a young boy to be so smart to write a story about life as he sees it and for people of ALL ages to be able to read it and enjoy it just blows my mind. And I know his mother reads these reviews and I just want to applaud her for being the ...more
Nov 15, 2012 Merisha28 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book.
Ethans Story: My Life with Autism
I'm very impressed that an 8 year old boy wrote this about himself and his daily life dealing with autism. How the author/ Ethan explains autism is in a simplistic and wonderful manner. The easy way it is explained can only come from a child. This is a very insightful book. I love the illustrations in this book. They make the story come to life. This will help teach tolerance to our younger generation. I've never met anyone with autism, but I l
Dec 02, 2012 Katherine rated it it was amazing
All children are unique and their differences do not go unnoticed, especially by other children. This is a wonderful heart warming story that points out these differences with the open, matter of fact honesty that only a child can have. The frank voice in which Ethan describes himself and his classmates points out this diversity and makes it clear that differences are okay, and even better differences are what make us unique, make us who we are. This is the perfect tale of acceptance written in ...more
Mar 20, 2013 Candice rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-reading-again
People often make an assumption that they know it all, everything they say is how it should be, and the world is simply black and white. But....Ethan takes you on his adventure in his multicolored world of Autism, and he shows you how the puzzle pieces all come together, and what it really is like for him daily. He lets you into his life in a little way, and gives you insight and inspiration! What an amazing young man. Thank you Ethan and family for being so courageous and sharing what it feels ...more
Dec 15, 2012 Justine rated it it was amazing
I received this book free from the author is exchange for an honest review.
This is an awesome book! It was written by Ethan, an eight year old boy who has autism. It explains very simply to others what autism is. For me it was great because I know what autism is but it is hard to explain it to others who aren't sure, and this book helps with that. Also it's nice to see examples from Ethan of his autism and how he copes with it. Plus the illustrations are perfect for the story. Thank you Ethan fo
Kristin Scearce
Dec 07, 2012 Kristin Scearce rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who has/knows someone with Autism
Recommended to Kristin by: AG Bookclub
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I rather enjoyed "Ethan's Story." I don't personally know anyone with autism, but being a Psychology major, I've learned about the spectrum. I like that we get to hear (and see, thanks to the wonderful illustrations) what it's like for Ethan to be at school and around other people, in his own words. This would be a very good book to show/read to a child who either has autism or is a classmate of someone who has it,
Dec 29, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
What a treasure! This should available in every elementary school. An excellent book from the perspective of a child with autism.

It is a wonderfully accepting and understanding laced with honesty and truth that is incredible refreshing. I commend Anchor Group for finding such a treasure and hope this becomes a staple among homes. Children without autism should read this as well, to gain an understanding of their fellow classmate who have autism at a level that is written for their understanding.
Dec 20, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
My first thought of this book: What a brave young man.

Ethan Rice shows us a side autism that can only be explained from one who lives it. It was a wonderful story and put into perspective the effects autism can have on our behavior and on us mentally. It was incredibly brave of him to show us his story. I think this book is one that should be in every school no matter the age bracket. It would be a wonderful tool to use to teach other children what is going on in the mind of a child with autism
Dec 22, 2012 Cara rated it it was amazing
This is a perfect book to explain autism in simplistic way to children. This story was told by a child who has autism. It was a sweet story. I loved reading it, and it only took a few minutes. It would be helpful in a classroom to help children understand what autism is. Or even at home if you want to educate them about autism there. A lot of children aren't given an explanation of what it is, and they just see the kids who are autistic as being different without really knowing why. The ...more
Dec 05, 2012 Katherine rated it it was amazing
What a touching and wonderful story!!! I absolutely loved this story and was so impressed with the fact that it was written by a young boy with autism.
This book is perfect for all ages...and it is a wonderful way to help young children understand what life is like for children with autism.
I will definitely be reading this story over and over again with my daughter. I will also be reading this book with my students to encourage a discussion on how everyone is different and special. And I know th
Apr 14, 2013 Reaganstar rated it it was amazing
A heartwarming quick story written by Ethan himself, as he describes the goods and bads of battling Autism. Explaining the things that make him happy and sad, what helps him and how he wants his friends and school mates to accept him for the beautiful boy he is. Ethan and his family is obviously a strong loving family and that shows within this story and how they worked together to tell it. Do yourselves all a favor and read this story, and start to slowly understand what children and adults ...more
Dec 05, 2012 Kypris rated it it was amazing
Ethan's Story; My Life with Autism
What a beautiful book. I have read so many things on Autism and all the doctors and authors love to point out the down side and the "impairing handicap" Children are amazing souls and to read how a child with Autism feels about his own life is so touching. As close minded adults we see this as a disease and treat one as such when we should see it as he does, a gift and realize how special he is. If he is happy why aren't we? I look forward to reading more from y
Feb 09, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing
I am the mom of a 3 year old on the autism spectrum. so when I heard about this children's book written by an autistic child about living with autism, I had to pick it up and read it to my child, as well as my older children.

I am impressed with the fact that this young man is so willing to share his story so that purple will better understand autism. Reality is that autism is not widely understood. this story is well written and beautifully illustrated. I think this is one that all parents shou
Shona Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom
This is a lovely book written by Ethan (8) who is Autistic.

The book allows the reader the opportunity to see everyday situations through the eyes of someone with Autism.

The illustrations are great and help to keep younger children engaged in the story.

In my opinion this is a must have for all schools and play groups as it will help give the children an understanding of Autism and help create a place of tolerance for not just people with Autism, but for all people with a hidden illness/disabili
Sep 06, 2013 Belinda rated it it was amazing
This is a story written in Ethan's own words about his life with Autism - He tells it just the way it is and how some people might not like the way he acts sometimes but that it isn't his fault - how sometimes you just have to be patient with an Autistic child - To anyone who doesn't know about Autism this is a real quick read and that will let you know some of the things that they go thru - I applaud you Ethan for this book and will definitely share this with my autistic grandson - Definitely ...more
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