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Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  190 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Different Like Me introduces children aged 8 to 12 years to famous, inspirational figures from the world of science, art, math, literature, philosophy and comedy.

Eight-year-old Quinn, a young boy with Asperger's Syndrome, tells young readers about the achievements and characteristics of his autism heroes, from Albert Einstein, Dian Fossey and Wassily Kandinsky to Lewis Car
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published December 16th 2005 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers (first published November 30th 2005)
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Jun 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book but was hoping there was more information on why the author believed these people had autism. Still I enjoyed learning about the different people in this book.
Michelle Hall
Mar 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents and family of autistic children, teachers
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Let me tell you about the day I received this in the mail from B&N. I had ordered it after seeing it very briefly in the book store... I didn't look at it originally long enough to see that there is a frame story, delivered by a little boy, 8 years old. His name is Quinn, and he's diagnosed with high functioning autism.

At the time I received the book, I didn't know about the narrator. I opened the book, to read the introduction by 'Quinn.' He introduced himself, explained that he doesn't always
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Non fiction book told by a little boy who is autistic - tells the story of different famous people in history who were either autistic (Temple Grandin), or did things differently. Great book for younger readers (Juvenile?) who are trying to understand why they are different and need examples or role models.
Feb 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the short bios and the paintings quite a bit. Not amazing . . . but great for the intended audience.
Mia Kim
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes" by Jennifer Elder is about a boy named Quin with autism who discusses a bunch of famous people like Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton who might have had autism. This book is made up of a bunch of biographies each about a different person. My mom recommended this book to me because she saw it at the library and she works for a mental healthcare company. I rated this book 4 stars and no less or more because although I liked how I got to learn about tons ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: diverse, science
Flawed in that there is no documentation or reason given for including any of these people in the book. Interesting in pointing out famous and accomplished people who could have been on the spectrum.
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
this book is a bit dated and treats Asperger's (an ableist functioning label) as a separate diagnosis from Autism, which researchers now understand not to be the case

i enjoy the speculation that a lot of creative and interesting, though mostly white, historical figures may have been Autistic, particularly Benjamin Banneker and Hans Christian Andersen, but i wish they hadn't included Temple Grandin as a 'role model for autistic people all over the world.' Grandin, who supported eugenicist eradic
Tess Robar
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is narrated by an eight-year-old boy named Quinn who has Asperger's Syndrome. Quinn tells us all about his autism heroes such as Albert Einstein, Dian Fossey, Wassily Kandinsky and many more. He describes their characteristics as well as their achievements. He also mentions that at one point they all found it hard for them to fit in, which is how Quinn feels now.

I gave this book four stars because it shows that just because you have a disability, doesn't mean you cannot be successful.
Terri Skipworth
Title: Elder, J. (2005). Different like me: My book of autism heroes. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishing.

Citation by: Terri Skipworth

Type of Reference: Bibliography

Call number: 618.92 Eld

Grade level: Elementary

This book is written from the perspective of a young boy with Asperger’s Syndrome. He tells about his famous heroes with autism including- Albert Einstein, Dian Fossey, Lewis Carroll and others. This book is written for children ages 8-12 years old. It contains 48 pages of
Pamela Conley
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autism
What a lovely and inspiring book for kids on the spectrum. My 5th grade son found it on a good reads search of books about autism. It is a series of mini biographies of men and women who are guessed to be or have been clearly delineated as being on the spectrum with a discussion of each person's major accomplishments. My son and I would read one biography a night. My son really liked this book and I found it well structured for the younger target audience with out being childish or sappy. This i ...more
Elyse Salpeter
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is hands down a great book and one of the only ones out there that showcases famous/talented people with autism or asperger's but presents it to children on the spectrum so they can "see themselves" in these people. I actually used this book to discuss autism to my son who has Asperger's and used the book to help him understand his condition - that there is nothing wrong with him at all, but just our brains are all wired differently and look at all the amazing things these people, and he, c ...more
Jan 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Checked this out for my 9 year old who says there is no one else who is like her in the entire world and that she will never fit in. It's important to note that the book does not say anywhere that the famous people here have autism (except for Temple Grandin who has an actual diagnosis). Instead, these personalities are presented as quirky folks who just didn't fit in but were or are amazing in their areas of interest and talent. My daughter likes it so far and has told me that she feels better ...more
Simona M
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
It is possible that a few of them to have Asperger Syndrome, a mild form of autism where the person has a high IQ but deficient social skills, among other things.So it's not about a classic autism. Anyway, just because they were solitary people, with a social anxiety disorder or with an introversion personality doesn't mean they had any form of autism. ...more
Christine (AR)
Sep 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful. We've always told our oldest (who explained four-dimensional-space to me on his way to kindergarten one day) that his ASD is a gift in so many ways, and reading about all of these brilliant, creative people who most likely had Asperger's Syndrome just re-inforces it. Or as my husband said, after we read a few sections out loud, "Hey. I want Asperger's, too." ...more
Jun 09, 2012 rated it liked it
I thought this book was good. it was given to us when we found out both of our children had autism. it was good to read about the famous people with autism, some on whom I knew had autism, others I didn't. ...more
Feb 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
I know this is a childrens book but I didn't know all of these people had forms of Autism or Aspergers. Fascinating! ...more
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My 8 year old loved this book. The day it arrived he sat a read it cover to cover and think everyone should read it so they understand him
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very enlightening!
Belinda Pelletier
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I read this book to R.J. he was so excited to know how many successful people have autism like he does! So, it melted my heart right away! And it really is cool to put things in perspective.
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