The 64-page Asperger’s Syndrome children’s book The One and Only Sam: A Story Explaining Idioms for Children with Asperger Syndrome and other Communication Difficulties is a book I strongly recommend. This Asperger’s Syndrome children’s book is authored by Aileen Stalker (who has more than 30 years experience dealing with children via her Occupational Therapist vocation) and illustrated by Bob Spencer, and is scheduled to be available starting in November 2009. Here’s more about this Asperger’s Syndrome children’s book, which is also geared for children in general who are aged 5-8 as well as anyone else who might have trouble communicating in English, such as ESL (English as a Second Language) students. It accomplishes its objective in how to understand the meaning of idioms. In order to be successful at communicating in the English language, one must have this understanding because such phrases are uttered and written constantly.
Note: Asperger Syndrome, Asperger’s Syndrome, and AS are interchangeable terms. People who have Asperger’s Syndrome are called “Aspies.” For more about Asperger’s Syndrome, go to the website called OASIS.
Plot for the Asperger’s Syndrome Children’s Book The One and Only Sam
A boy named Sam has trouble understanding idioms, which are expressions that people don’t take literally, such as “raining cats and dogs” or “a fish out of water”, etc. His parents explain to him the meaning of the idioms he comes across during his young life. He then begins experiencing the use of idioms while schooling in Miss Smiley’s class, as one of the main focuses of the story is about his teacher and fellow students.
What makes this book work is that it shows how, through 4 easy steps, children and others who have trouble with the idiom aspect of the English language can grasp the meaning of this common aspect of English language communication. Readers are given the insight that idioms are not just figures of speech that come out of nowhere, but they have emotional and historical roots. Those who have trouble with idioms will be challenged to create mental pictures, brainstorm, and associate emotion with the numerous idioms employed in the story, as well as the additional 30 that are listed and briefly discussed at the end of the book. Bob Spencer’s illustrations are used to explain the literal meaning of idioms in the saga of the young Sam (such as an actual picture of a storm of cats and dogs for the “it is raining cats and dogs” idiom), but then his countering illustrations show the actual meaning of each of the story’s idioms in action. Readers of the book will come to appreciate and understand the implementation of idioms through the writer’s easy to understand style of explaining them and the crisp artwork via practice practice practice.
The Asperger’s Syndrome Children’s Book The One and Only Sam Can Effectively Cross Over for Others Who Have English Language Communication Issues
This is a great book for not only kids who have Asperger’s Syndrome, but for young children in the 5-8 year old range, because even the most “normal” kids can struggle with idioms. Additionally, those people who deal with ESL students can find this book a very useful teaching tool. In the past, I’ve participated in an English language immersion program in Spain, where adult Spaniards were paired up with adult English speakers to (in part) discuss the meanings and usages of English idioms, something of which these ESL students often had trouble with.
The last page of the book discusses additional print and online resources about idioms.
How to Get This Asperger’s Syndrome Children’s Book The One and Only Sam
You can pre-order/purchase this children’s book at such online sites like Amazon.com starting on November 15, the current scheduled street date of the book. Or you can go to the website of the book’s publisher, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, via this link to pre-order/purchase. The ISBN number of the book is 978-1-84905-040-1. The suggested retail price for this Asperger’s Syndrome children’s book is $16.95.
Contact Jessica Kingsley Publishers: 400 Market St., Ste. 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Telephone: 215-922-1161 or 866-416-1078.
Note: Street date of this book is subject to change.
Sources for this Asperger’s Syndrome children’s book review of The One and Only Sam:
Jessica Kingsley Publishers website: www.jkp.com
Barbara L. Kirby, What Is Asperger Syndrome? : http://www.udel.edu/bkirby/asperger/aswhatisit.html, Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support