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My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete
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Mar 17, 10

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Read in March, 2010

Callie and Charlie have always been together because they are twins. They have a lot in common: music, football, loving their dog, and their curly hair. But they are also very different. Charlie often seemed distant and never returned affection. Mommy was worried and took Charlie to a doctor who diagnosed him with autism. Callie wished that she could join Charlie in his mental world, that he would play more with her. Sometimes he is right there with her and enjoying it, but often he isn’t. Callie began to understand that her brother sees things differently. He may find it hard to tell you how he feels, but when it matters most he does find the words. And best of all, Charlie loves you for who you are inside.

This very personal book reflects the lives of the mother and daughter authors who are both activists and educators about autism. The book is far from being another of those celebrity books that misses the mark. Instead this book really educates children about autism and about differences. It explains autism simply and frankly but with great love and understanding as well.

Evans’ illustrations add a warmth and appeal to the book with their mixed media. The thick brush strokes and fine lines are visually appealing as are the deep colors. The art adds to the appeal of the title.

Highly recommended for library collections, this book will offer information and hope for families dealing with autism. Appropriate for ages 4-7.
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