A third-person past-tense narrative tells the story of Sam, a boy with Asperger Syndrome. Positive qualities are listed first: “Sam loved to giggle…. Sam was a happy boy.” Because of the interesting story line, the positive approach, and the notion that others can learn to help Sam instead of expecting him to change, this is an excellent introduction to the topic. The pictures are bright and lively, showing mostly happy faces. The book concludes with 10 helpful tips to remember when a friend or a classmate has Asperger’s. A useful introduction for both children and adults.
—Wendy Smith-D’Arezzo, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD (48 pages, $17.95)