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Since We're Friends

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  102 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Children with autism struggle to make friends and navigate social situations. However, one child can make a significant difference in the life of a child with autism by offering compassion, understanding and friendship.

Since We re Friends is about two boys. One has autism, the other does not. The story of their relationship provides practical examples of how to make such a

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Hardcover, 1 page
Published January 1st 2007 by Awaken Specialty Press
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Lisa
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

5 Huge Stars

I originally discovered this book when I was on the search for an age appropriate book for my son's kindergarten class. I feel very strongly about spreading awareness when it comes to children and adults on the autism spectrum especially because my five year old son is on the spectrum. Therefore, I wanted a book dealing with autism to be read in my son's class so that the children in his class would better understand my son and other children they may encounter with autism.

Since We'
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Quanita
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Since We're Friends, by Celeste Shally is in the genre of realistic fiction. It is recommended for kids in kindergarden through 6th grade. It Is told from the point-of-view of a little boy who's best friend has autism. He is always there for his friend when they play games. This is a great book for the inclusion classroom. I was a co-teacher for a 3rd grade class, where there were several kids with autism and other kids helped and played with them as the characters in the book did. This book can ...more
Ousa
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Perfect book for elementary school children to learn about classmates with autism.
Suzanne Maley
Mar 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
I liked that the book dealt with specific behaviors that a friend of someone who has autism might encounter. This can be useful for children. What bothered me about this book is that the child who has autism is African American and there are no other African American children in the illustrations where you can clearly see their faces. The only other characters where you can clearly see their faces appear to be Caucasian. Illustrations are just as important to telling a story as the text. While i ...more
Kalynda
Great story about friendship, kindness, and good hearted-ness. The personal understanding, empathy, and social negotiation Matt's friend does, because he values him as a person and friend is such an important story and lesson for students to hear (again and again).
Katya Lazukina
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
About a boy who has a friend with autism.
Great book that talks about the things they have to do because they have a different kind of friendship.
Working together, solving problems.
Valerie
Oct 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: catalog
Summary: Children with autism struggle to make friends and navigate social situations. However, one child can make a significant difference in the life of a child with autism by offering compassion, understanding and friendship. "Since We're Friends" is about two boys. One has autism, the other does not. The story of their relationship provides practical examples of how to make such a friendship work. It will help children see that their peers with autism can make a fun, genuine contribution to ...more
Kayla Lazenby
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Format: Picture
Awards: None

Summary: This story is a first hand look into how one little boy simply being himself made all the difference in another little boys life who happens to be autistic. It is a great story on the things autistic children deal with and how the General Ed population can handle them. This book is truly inspiring and will help challenge the normally functioning public befriend those with disabilities.

Critique: This book was absolutely astounding!! The illustrations w
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Eileen Schaub
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Generally a good book, although it does little to point out the benefits and positive aspects of having a friend with special needs.
Gertrude
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Realistic fiction

Since We're friends is about two boys one has autism, the other does not. Matt act a little dufferent from his friend. He his autistic because his brain work different from other children. Matt think and feels things in a different way than his friend does, but still he always have a great time with him. Both of them love to play sport, such as football, basketball and baseball. Matt is good at scoring, while his friend is good at dribbling and passing. When they are gym, it is
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Michelle McBeth
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A young boy has a friend name Matt who has Autism. The boy likes to play with Matt because they have a lot in common. When Matt gets frustrated or anxious, the boy helps to smooth things over by distracting Matt with a new activity. When other kids leave Matt out of their play, the boy asks Matt to come play with his friends. The boy does everything he can to make things easier for Matt.

The illustrations appear to be digitally rendered. They have a cartoon quality. They are colorful and not over
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Tina Sample
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: multicultural
My text to self connection is that, as a person with a learning disability, I struggled to establish and maintain friendships in grade school. I have attention deficit disorder and because of my terrible memory issues, it was hard to keep friendships going. I was/am quite impulsive and that is hard for other children to understand.

This book was a great addition to my shelf because it was told from the perspective of an unnamed child without a disability as he detailed why his friend, Matt is so
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Sade'
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I give this book a 5 star rating and a two thumbs up to the author for writing this book. With the fact that I adore all children and I am a mother, reading this book absolutely touched my heart. Since We're Friends is a contemporary realistic fiction book intended for children pre-school to grade 2. It’s a book about a young boy who has many friends, but one of his closest friends named Matt is autistic. They both like to do the same things, play the same games, listen to the same music, play t ...more
Csye
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book Since We’re Friends was written by Celeste shally and illustrated by David Harrington. This is a book about two friends one who had Autism. The two boy play together and the child without autism help the child with autism. He always says since we’re friends and then he helps him. He helps him also to deal with daily issues that he understands. No matter what the child with autism continues to have fun with the help of his friend.
The plot of the story is based on realistic issues that ch
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Lucy
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Since We’re Friends is a beautifully written portrayal of the life of an autistic child ‘Matt’ and the bond he has with his close friend. It deals sensitively with the daily issues a child with autism encounters and the dedication, which his friend demonstrates throughout.

The story is simple in its execution posing everyday social situations; how Matt feels and may behave differently compared to others; and how his friend supports him through these. The book carefully, through the use of the il
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Charity Stewart
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
What did you think of the book?I love this book. It helps children have a better understanding of the struggles that children with autism face. It also helps them understand that even one child can make a difference in the life of someone with autism and they need friends like everyone else.
What resonated with you? I love the friendship displayed in this book. I long for my own child to a friend devoted to her like Matt does in the book.
Where were you most drawn into the story? I love how these
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Heidi
Mar 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Summary: Since We're Friends is a book about two boys who are best friends, one is autistic and the other is not. The boy who is not autistic is the narrator and tells all about things that he and Matt like to do. He describes a few situations that upset Matt and then tells how he tries to help him out. This is an excellent book to read aloud in a classroom. Even if there are no children with autism in the classroom, a lot of children may know someone with autism.

Reading Level: 2nd-5th grade

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Aimee
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've observed in many children that they want to be friends with a kid with autism, but the biggest challenge is knowing how to play with someone that doesn't necessarily play the same way they do. "Since We're Friends" is told from the pov of a boy without autism who is best friends with a kid who does have autism. He tells about what he likes about him and how much fun they have playing together. He also addresses the not so fun things his friend does and how he calms him down when things don' ...more
Bernice Gill
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is a very nice story that shows the way a friendship can be built between those with SEN and those without it is about two boys, one whom has autism and the other does not.

Both boys interact very well with each other, they like the same types of activities like play games and listen to music, the message that you receive from this is that just because a child, or person, has autism does not mean they need to be treated any differently. The language is good for KS1 and the pictures are
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Mallori
Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Summary: This is a touching story about a young boy who has a friend named Matt, who has autism. They do everything together and Matt's friend makes sure that they are both happy and safe.

Reading Level: Ages 4-8

Genre: Picture Book

Uses: Guided Reading, Independent Reading, Read-Aloud, Shared Reading

Social Issues: This book explains to children that being a friend is hard work, but it is worth it. Being there for a friend whenever they need you is a wonderful lesson to learn in life and teaches c
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Kristin
Feb 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Since we’re friends is a great book to feature under the theme of accepting differences. It teaches great lessons about acceptance, friendship, and differences. Having books like this in a class library is very beneficial for students. This story exposes all children to that fact that not everyone will act, look, or speak the same. Many times students think of difference such as hair color, reading skills, and writing skills and fail to mention those with disabilities or autistic children. Even ...more
LeAnne
Feb 11, 2016 rated it liked it
More a concept book than a story, Since We're Friends shows situations in which a normal child can include an autistic child and help him to cope by understanding his special needs for order. In a non-preachy way, it points out that different children have different strengths. "Matt is good at scoring, and I'm good at dribbling and passing. We make a good team because we work together." The emphasis is on friendship and things the boys do together. The bright, active cartoon illustrations show a ...more
Hannah
Jun 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Parents
Shelves: children-s, autism
I like the concept of the book, and I do think that it's better than nothing, but... maybe it's because of the old adage "when you've met one child with autism, you've met ONE child with autism,"
in regards to how different individuals on the spectrum are. It seemed like certain aspects were glossed over and/or misrepresented. I get that you have to simplify things for kids, but some of the "reasons" given were just... inaccurate, at least for my child and for many others that I know. So... yeah
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Christie Lee
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This a a great book that teaches children they can ake things better in the world. By understanding some of the things that upset his friend, the boy who narrates the story shows ways he helps make things better and happier for his friend. There are many themes that this book would work for, building community, working with children with special needs, being a good friend, problem solving, etc. I love the illustrations because they remind me of a cartoon that the kids would be watching. The char ...more
Monica Rigor
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the story of the friendship between a boy, Max, and his friend with autism. Together, the friends play basketball, go to the park, swim at the neighborhood pool, and play tag with a group of friends. Although his friend struggles with certain social situations, Max is understanding and supports his friend by making these frustrating situations more exciting. This is a great book to teach children about being compassionate to friends who are different. It provides opportunities to talk ab ...more
Chanelle
Sep 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
I recommend this book for an intermediate to advance child. This is a very informative book for adults and children. A boy has a friend who has autism, and in the book he tells how his friend like routines and when those routines are changed it upsets him. Instead of him not being his friend anymore or thinking bad things about him, he tries to do things to keep his friend call and tries to help other kids understand his condition. This book really opens your eyes to Autism and even may help chi ...more
Audra
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile, autism, teaching
This is one of my favorite books to read to children when I do mini-workshops during Autism Awareness Month. It's written in the language of children with very clear pictures. It accurately describes some of the common things that you might see when a child with autism is in your class, without being prejudiced or stereotypical. And, most importantly, it talks about how to be a good friend and find the commonalities that exist between us all.
Caitlin Day
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing! It really helps give insight on a child with Autism. It also helps children understand why some kids are different, but we shouldn't treat them differently. The pictures are colorful and vibrant. Definitely a good book to help children understand that they shouldn't be mean to each other.

I love the lesson that is taught to kids about those who have disabilities. The book also does a great job of teaching friendship and respect.
Carol
Jun 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents of children with Autism, but parents of children who have a classmate with Autism.
A charming look at a friendship between a typically developing child and a child with Autism. If every child with Autism had a friend even half this understanding, how different things might be. One mother told me that she goes to school every year and reads this book to her son's mainstream classmates to help them understand him.
Duane
Nov 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book for beginner readers who want to find out more about people with Autism. The illustrations are very well done and the wording is simple so any reader should enjoy the storytelling. A great book for teachers/parents who want to learn/explain the world of Autism to those who don't understand it. A great read!
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