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"Nobody gets me, Mama!" In All My Stripes, Zane the zebra feels different from the rest of his classmates. He worries that all they notice about him is his "autism stripe." With the help of his Mama, Zane comes to appreciate all his stripes — the unique strengths that make him who he is! Includes a Reading Guide with additional background information about autism spectrum di "Nobody gets me, Mama!" In All My Stripes, Zane the zebra feels different from the rest of his classmates. He worries that all they notice about him is his "autism stripe." With the help of his Mama, Zane comes to appreciate all his stripes — the unique strengths that make him who he is! Includes a Reading Guide with additional background information about autism spectrum disorders and a Note to Parents and Caregivers with tips for finding support. Foreword by Alison Singer, President, Autism Science Foundation.


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"Nobody gets me, Mama!" In All My Stripes, Zane the zebra feels different from the rest of his classmates. He worries that all they notice about him is his "autism stripe." With the help of his Mama, Zane comes to appreciate all his stripes — the unique strengths that make him who he is! Includes a Reading Guide with additional background information about autism spectrum di "Nobody gets me, Mama!" In All My Stripes, Zane the zebra feels different from the rest of his classmates. He worries that all they notice about him is his "autism stripe." With the help of his Mama, Zane comes to appreciate all his stripes — the unique strengths that make him who he is! Includes a Reading Guide with additional background information about autism spectrum disorders and a Note to Parents and Caregivers with tips for finding support. Foreword by Alison Singer, President, Autism Science Foundation.

30 review for All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism

  1. 4 out of 5

    A Allen

    This book overall is trying to send a very positive message about loving yourself and accepting autism as a part of yourself . In comparison to other books about autism that exist, this is probably one of the best. However, I hated that ABA therapy was the first thing listed under the "get your child enrolled in treatment" in the "notes to parents and caregivers" section because ABA is generally frowned upon by autistic self-advocates and is about changing the child's behaviors instead of accept This book overall is trying to send a very positive message about loving yourself and accepting autism as a part of yourself . In comparison to other books about autism that exist, this is probably one of the best. However, I hated that ABA therapy was the first thing listed under the "get your child enrolled in treatment" in the "notes to parents and caregivers" section because ABA is generally frowned upon by autistic self-advocates and is about changing the child's behaviors instead of accepting them as they are. I was also disappointed that the book did not recommend any groups led by autistic people, such as Autistic Self Advocacy Network, as a resource. During the actual story, I liked that the author clearly put a lot of thought into depicting Zane as an autistic child! However, Zane's "pilot stripe" and "honesty stripe" are parts of Zane being autistic and it bothers me that the book seemed to separate these positive attributes from his autism stripe. I also wish the title had been "a story for children on the autism spectrum" as this is the middle ground between person-first language and identity-first language. I would love to see a new addition to this book that was rewritten with help from autistic self-advocates :)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I wanted to like this book so bad. The illustrations are beautiful and there is what seems to be an overall positive message. Zane feels good about himself by the end of the book. The issue I have with this book are the ways that you make Zane better is to contrast his bright red (bad) autism stripe with his other "stripes". As if he could be separated from his disability. I would have liked to see his mom explain to him that autism is a part of what makes him and all of his stripes unique. I wo I wanted to like this book so bad. The illustrations are beautiful and there is what seems to be an overall positive message. Zane feels good about himself by the end of the book. The issue I have with this book are the ways that you make Zane better is to contrast his bright red (bad) autism stripe with his other "stripes". As if he could be separated from his disability. I would have liked to see his mom explain to him that autism is a part of what makes him and all of his stripes unique. I would have liked to see floortime therapy promoted in the notes to parents as opposed to ABA which is always listed first in the end of the book (a therapy that has been documented to cause PTSD in autistics).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Danni Green

    Cute idea, but most autistic children I know would find this heavily-metaphor-based book more annoying than affirming. It didn't seem to really be for an autistic reader at all.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Raina

    My kid started asking questions, so I brought home everything I could track down at the library. This was one of the best ones, though he didn't fully get the metaphor... yet?

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Well done picture book about a young zebra, Zane, who wonders why he reacts to things differently than his peers. His mom explains that he has autism but that is just ONE of his many stripes that celebrate who he is. This was a pleasure to read with my second grader on the spectrum. We had such fun talking about all of HIS stripes that make him special. Most importantly, the look on his face after we read and discussed his stripes told me everything I needed to know. Message was received - he is Well done picture book about a young zebra, Zane, who wonders why he reacts to things differently than his peers. His mom explains that he has autism but that is just ONE of his many stripes that celebrate who he is. This was a pleasure to read with my second grader on the spectrum. We had such fun talking about all of HIS stripes that make him special. Most importantly, the look on his face after we read and discussed his stripes told me everything I needed to know. Message was received - he is one au-some kid just like Zane!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina Barrientos

    Rating:5/5 Awards:Gold Medal, Mom's Choice Awards Genre:Fiction, Children’s literature, Challenges/Issues Audience: ages 7+ Summary: Zane is feeling insecure and tells his mom that the kids at school only see him as someone who has autism. His mother then comforts him by telling him about all his other wonderful qualities he has. Specific Genre prompts: -In this story the main character, Zane, has autism. Zane struggles with his identity and thinks that people only describe him as someone who has aut Rating:5/5 Awards:Gold Medal, Mom's Choice Awards Genre:Fiction, Children’s literature, Challenges/Issues Audience: ages 7+ Summary: Zane is feeling insecure and tells his mom that the kids at school only see him as someone who has autism. His mother then comforts him by telling him about all his other wonderful qualities he has. Specific Genre prompts: -In this story the main character, Zane, has autism. Zane struggles with his identity and thinks that people only describe him as someone who has autism. - I would not narrow it down to a specific group of kids. I believe all kids and maybe even adults should read this book. It teaches kids who do have autism that there is more to them than having autism. It also teaches kids who don’t have autism to be more patient with people who do and realize just because they have a disability it does not make them less of a human.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Steph Palmer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is about a zebra called Zane who has autism and feels different from everyone else. This book explains some of the struggles children like him may have and shows a way a parent or caregiver can help that person and get them to love who they are again. This book made me feel happy aswell as sad as I read Zanes story. What I love about the book is not only the illustrations but also Zanes journey. Inside the book there is a reading guide with additional information for parents or caregiv This book is about a zebra called Zane who has autism and feels different from everyone else. This book explains some of the struggles children like him may have and shows a way a parent or caregiver can help that person and get them to love who they are again. This book made me feel happy aswell as sad as I read Zanes story. What I love about the book is not only the illustrations but also Zanes journey. Inside the book there is a reading guide with additional information for parents or caregivers about autism, providing little tips and support that they can use to help their child with autism.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    All my stripes tells the story and daily struggles of a small zebra with autism. It such an important book which tackles many prejudices and assumptions! There should be more books like this one - showing that the world is colourful and we are all unique!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Krista

    I really liked this book until a part where the fire alarm goes off and the class LEAVES Zane screaming and he isn't found until the firefighters come. I'm just not down with possibly scaring a child with that.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Taylor

    All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism is about a little zebra named Zane. Zane has autism and is having a hard time at school because his classmates do not understand him. Zane confides in his mother and his mother lets him know that he is perfect just the way he is because his characteristics make him who he is. I think this book is a great resource for children with autism, their parents/families, and the whole classroom. I would use this book in my classroom to teach children that All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism is about a little zebra named Zane. Zane has autism and is having a hard time at school because his classmates do not understand him. Zane confides in his mother and his mother lets him know that he is perfect just the way he is because his characteristics make him who he is. I think this book is a great resource for children with autism, their parents/families, and the whole classroom. I would use this book in my classroom to teach children that everyone is different and we should all treat each other kindly. I would recommend this book to teachers, children, and families.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    The main character is Zane, a zebra. He feels very different from the other zebras because of his autism stripe. But his mother brings out what's good about every stripe on him, for each stripe represents some special trait. This book would be nice to read to an autistic child so that s/he learns to accept and appreciate the good traits within him/herself. It can also be read by other children in a class for them to understand and appreciate another child who is autistic.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Rationale: I chose to select All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism by Shaina Rudolph because it is an age appropriate story that reflects the social, linguistic, and cultural contexts where my students live or in someway can relate to. This story will provide opportunities for students to view a different perspective other than their own. Cultural diverse books promote appreciation of new ideas and experiences (Adam & Harper, 2016). My role as a teacher is to assist students in findin Rationale: I chose to select All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism by Shaina Rudolph because it is an age appropriate story that reflects the social, linguistic, and cultural contexts where my students live or in someway can relate to. This story will provide opportunities for students to view a different perspective other than their own. Cultural diverse books promote appreciation of new ideas and experiences (Adam & Harper, 2016). My role as a teacher is to assist students in finding and appreciating commonalities among people rather than looking at the differences. Reading All My Stripes will provide the opportunity to teach my students that yes the zebra he has an autism stripe, but he also has stripes indicating his honesty, curiosity, kindness, and more. Reflection: I made a text to self connection with this story. Working with children who have autism is an amazing experience. It is really easy at first to notice all the “differences” when comparing children with autism to typical children. The turning point for me was when I built those relationships with the children. Looking past all those easy to notice “differences” and seeing them through their warm hearts, curiosity, and many talents. Questions: 1. Remembering Who were the main characters? 2. Understanding What happened at the beginning, middle, and end of the story? 3. Applying Using what you know about Zane’s struggles in school, how should have his classmates treated him? 4. Analyzing How would you compare All My Stripes to our classroom? 5. Evaluating What did you like best? 6. Creating Create a new ending to the story. Adam, H., Harper, L. (2016). Assessing and selecting culturally diverse literature for the classroom. Practical Literacy, 21(2).

  13. 4 out of 5

    ireadrosies

    A must-read picture book about autism to increase awareness, understanding, empathy, and self esteem. Zane is a young zebra who feels like all anyone ever sees is his autism stripe. It's red and right smack in the middle of his forehead. After a bad day at school when finger paint is too weird to touch and a fire alarm makes him scream, his loving mother dries his tears and knows the perfect thing to say. "When I look at you, I see many different stripes. If one of them were missing, you wouldn' A must-read picture book about autism to increase awareness, understanding, empathy, and self esteem. Zane is a young zebra who feels like all anyone ever sees is his autism stripe. It's red and right smack in the middle of his forehead. After a bad day at school when finger paint is too weird to touch and a fire alarm makes him scream, his loving mother dries his tears and knows the perfect thing to say. "When I look at you, I see many different stripes. If one of them were missing, you wouldn't be the same." Honesty, caring, curiosity and more, Zane learns to love all of his stripes because they make him who he is. Colorful illustrations by Jennifer Zivoin include so many wonderful details. No two zebras have the same kind of stripes. One zebra has swirly stripes, one has thick-and-thin stripes, one has pointed stripes, and Zane has stripes that are always in groups of prime numbers. Check out his tail - there are always 7 black stripes! Even the pages without pictures include geometrical backgrounds of different kinds of stripes. Parents and caregivers will find a discussion guide, notes, and further resources about autism spectrum disorder. Children will find a story they will want to hear over and over again. Love your stripes! And don't forget to look for the little yellow bird. He's not on every page, but he's on lots of them!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Laura Barone

    All My Stripes is about a zebra named Zane who has autism! This is such a WOW book for me because I would love for all my students who have autism to read it, as well as all the rest who do not have autism. This disability is not just something that brings a lot of challenges to life, it also delivers many unique characteristics that children with autism should understand about themselves. Zane’s mom in the story does a wonderful job about pointing out all of Zane’s stripes and what they stand f All My Stripes is about a zebra named Zane who has autism! This is such a WOW book for me because I would love for all my students who have autism to read it, as well as all the rest who do not have autism. This disability is not just something that brings a lot of challenges to life, it also delivers many unique characteristics that children with autism should understand about themselves. Zane’s mom in the story does a wonderful job about pointing out all of Zane’s stripes and what they stand for in her eyes. That is a really cool metaphor, which is a perfect way to teach the literacy device. This book is great for students who need to learn about respecting differences in their peers, and also self-respect for students who have been diagnosed. Autism can be a world of awesome if we learn to embrace it!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jemeecia Trice

    I’ve read this book numerous times and I love it more and more every time I read it. The book is about a autistic child going to school and worrying that his classmates will make fun of him. He wants the children to see him and not just his autistic stripes, his mom helps him know & understand that no matter what he is beautiful and that helps him appreciate his self and his stripes more. All children are unique and special in their own way and this book helps other children and parents deal wit I’ve read this book numerous times and I love it more and more every time I read it. The book is about a autistic child going to school and worrying that his classmates will make fun of him. He wants the children to see him and not just his autistic stripes, his mom helps him know & understand that no matter what he is beautiful and that helps him appreciate his self and his stripes more. All children are unique and special in their own way and this book helps other children and parents deal with some troubles they may have.

  16. 4 out of 5

    McKenna

    Summary: Zane, a zebra with autism, believes that nobody sees anything but his autism stripe. He knows he acts differently and may react to things differently, but he wants people to see more than that when they look at him. Zane's mother uses her loving inspiration to help Zane find acceptance in his differences and realize just how special he is. There is no one like him and that's the best part about him! Evaluation: This book is a sweet and relatable story. The disability is presented accurate Summary: Zane, a zebra with autism, believes that nobody sees anything but his autism stripe. He knows he acts differently and may react to things differently, but he wants people to see more than that when they look at him. Zane's mother uses her loving inspiration to help Zane find acceptance in his differences and realize just how special he is. There is no one like him and that's the best part about him! Evaluation: This book is a sweet and relatable story. The disability is presented accurately throughout the book and the author uses Zane as an example of how many people with disabilities may feel. The pictures throughout the book allow the reader to really take a deeper look into how autism may present itself and some of the traits that people with autism may have. This book would be a very valuable book to have in any classroom library. Teaching Idea: This book is a perfect teaching tool in introducing touchy subjects such as Autism. This book will allow for students to not only learn about how Autism may look but also learn about acceptance. Students will be exposed to a character with disabilities and will serve as a valuable tool in teaching about how to interact with peers and others who may have disabilities.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Renouf

    All My Stripes tells an inspiring story about a zebra with autism. Each of his stripes represent his characteristics. Although he has a red "autism stripe", his mom reminds him that he also has many other stripes like a caring stripe, honesty stripe, and curiosity stripe. Zane gets down at first when he thinks his classmates only notice his red stripe but his mom reminds him of all of his other amazing qualities and Zane loves himself again. I think this is a good approach for teachers, parents, All My Stripes tells an inspiring story about a zebra with autism. Each of his stripes represent his characteristics. Although he has a red "autism stripe", his mom reminds him that he also has many other stripes like a caring stripe, honesty stripe, and curiosity stripe. Zane gets down at first when he thinks his classmates only notice his red stripe but his mom reminds him of all of his other amazing qualities and Zane loves himself again. I think this is a good approach for teachers, parents, and mentors to help support children with disabilities. Sometimes children, like Zane, just need a little encouragement and to be reminded of all that they're made of. All My Stripes really sheds light on how having a disability makes you unique and that is a part of what makes you who you are. Although this story is about autism, I think everyone can relate to some extent. The author does a great job showing the beauty in being different and will teach students to look at their peers for all that they are, not just their "autism stripe". It is definitely a book I will keep in my classroom and read to my students! :)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Heather Fonseca

    The story of Zane, a zebra with autism, is a heartfelt story that sends an important message to the readers about being different and unique. Alison Singer, Preseident of the Autisym Science Foundation states the message that, "Sometimes all it takes is a good look in the mirror to remember that each of us has important and unique gifts to offer the world." Children will learn to be more aware of the disability and to be empathitic. Zane came home from a day of school and told his mom, "Nobody g The story of Zane, a zebra with autism, is a heartfelt story that sends an important message to the readers about being different and unique. Alison Singer, Preseident of the Autisym Science Foundation states the message that, "Sometimes all it takes is a good look in the mirror to remember that each of us has important and unique gifts to offer the world." Children will learn to be more aware of the disability and to be empathitic. Zane came home from a day of school and told his mom, "Nobody gets me...," with a frown on his face. Just starting off with those words, hurt to see how children with disabilies feel. Everyone notices what's on the outside, instead of what is on the inside. He goes through a school day, demonstrating actions that were not like the rest such as painting with a brush instead of his hoof. His mother points out the positivty qualities of his stripes, which made Zane realize how much he enjoys being who he is. This story is appropriate for grades K-6 and can even be a story read beyond those grades. Students can create disability awareness posters as a project to promote what they have learned and demonstrate how to be kind to one another.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Maley

    Zane, the Zebra, is comforted by his mother when he comes home from school and is upset about being treated differently than the other children and how things bother him that don't bother the other children. She talks about all his wonderful traits (stripes) and that autism is just one of his stripes. The thing that bothered me about this book was how Zane's "autism stripe" was represented in the illustrations. The illustrations are cute and brightly colored. All the zebra children have differen Zane, the Zebra, is comforted by his mother when he comes home from school and is upset about being treated differently than the other children and how things bother him that don't bother the other children. She talks about all his wonderful traits (stripes) and that autism is just one of his stripes. The thing that bothered me about this book was how Zane's "autism stripe" was represented in the illustrations. The illustrations are cute and brightly colored. All the zebra children have different patterns of black stripes and swirls. Zane's stripes are more squared. His "autism stripe" is colored red right in the middle of his forehead. None of the other children have stripes that anything other than black. Red has connotations of "stop" or "watch out". It bothered me that this singled Zane out even more from the other children.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Fennarama

    Yet another book about autism so clearly written by neurotypicals for neurotypicals. The quote before the story from Russel Simmons about anyone “out there dealing with autism” wa a perfect foreshadowing. This book is billed as educational for neurotypicals; parents, and teachers and it is a great piece in how not to talk about or interact with someone with autism. Autism is not a stripe and never can be a stripe. Autistic people are not animals and should not be likened to animals. Autistic people Yet another book about autism so clearly written by neurotypicals for neurotypicals. The quote before the story from Russel Simmons about anyone “out there dealing with autism” wa a perfect foreshadowing. This book is billed as educational for neurotypicals; parents, and teachers and it is a great piece in how not to talk about or interact with someone with autism. Autism is not a stripe and never can be a stripe. Autistic people are not animals and should not be likened to animals. Autistic people are not hopelessly inept at dealing with allistic people and are not destined to rely on their parents for their self-esteem. Autistic people can be confident and social and perform well in school. This book makes a lot of assumptions because the people who wrote it aren’t autistic and don’t understand autism.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Leandra Cano

    Book Title: All My Stripes A Story for Children with Autism Author: Shaina Rudolph and Danielle Royer Illustrator: Jennifer Zivoin This book was about...This book was about a zebra who struggles with activities at school. He doesn’t understand why everyone else doesn’t understand HIM. The Featured character(s) in this book...Zane the Zebra I liked or didn't like this book … provide reason pro/con...I really enjoyed this book because it had vibrant colors, bold vocabulary words, and didn’t just deal w Book Title: All My Stripes A Story for Children with Autism Author: Shaina Rudolph and Danielle Royer Illustrator: Jennifer Zivoin This book was about...This book was about a zebra who struggles with activities at school. He doesn’t understand why everyone else doesn’t understand HIM. The Featured character(s) in this book...Zane the Zebra I liked or didn't like this book … provide reason pro/con...I really enjoyed this book because it had vibrant colors, bold vocabulary words, and didn’t just deal with autism. State your reasons (why or why not) you would recommend this book for children...I would recommend this book because it can be read to any child who is struggling to fit in at school not just those who have autism.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jillian

    The story itself is actually pretty short. Zane is very aware of his limitations and shortcomings, and he seems to have a rock-star teacher who is able to help him with alternative solutions when his sensory issues get in the way. I like the way Zane's mom points out all his different "stripes" - unique qualities that combine to make him who he is. I also *really* liked the detailed guides after the story proper. The only thing I really didn't like was that Zane's "autism stripe" literally shows u The story itself is actually pretty short. Zane is very aware of his limitations and shortcomings, and he seems to have a rock-star teacher who is able to help him with alternative solutions when his sensory issues get in the way. I like the way Zane's mom points out all his different "stripes" - unique qualities that combine to make him who he is. I also *really* liked the detailed guides after the story proper. The only thing I really didn't like was that Zane's "autism stripe" literally shows up as a bright red mark on his forehead. It was a little too "Scarlet Letter" for me to be really comfortable with it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kelley

    I liked this book aimed at children with Autism. I thought the author did a good job emphasizing that Autism is only PART of who a child is. I also thought the author provided a lot of good information for parents and caregivers in the back of the book. As I read this book to my Autistic son and his brother, though, I did wish the book attempted to explain what Autism was in a way a kid could understand. The book uses several excellent examples of what Autism looks like, but my kids were confused I liked this book aimed at children with Autism. I thought the author did a good job emphasizing that Autism is only PART of who a child is. I also thought the author provided a lot of good information for parents and caregivers in the back of the book. As I read this book to my Autistic son and his brother, though, I did wish the book attempted to explain what Autism was in a way a kid could understand. The book uses several excellent examples of what Autism looks like, but my kids were confused by what the word "Autism" meant. I had to stop and explain it, which is fine, but it did take away from their enjoyment and interest in the book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jade

    I thought this book was very helpful for young children who have autism. This book is empowering, and shows these children that their autism is not their entire identity. I love how this book shows example after example of different ways their autism can affect their daily routine and other ways their autism makes them who they are and their amazing qualities. I also, love the connection it makes between autism being just another stripe on the zebras body and how "he wouldn't be the same if one I thought this book was very helpful for young children who have autism. This book is empowering, and shows these children that their autism is not their entire identity. I love how this book shows example after example of different ways their autism can affect their daily routine and other ways their autism makes them who they are and their amazing qualities. I also, love the connection it makes between autism being just another stripe on the zebras body and how "he wouldn't be the same if one of his stripes were missing". Overall, I rated this book 5 stars and would definitely buy this book for my classroom.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Madi Ekholm

    All My Stripes is a book about this zebra named zane that is afraid to go to school because he thinks that he will stand out to much because of his extra autism stripe. With the help of his mom, she shows him that stripe is a little part of all these wonderful things that make him so special. I chose this book not only because it's so adorable but also because i think this book can not only be a window but also a mirror. I think that not only will kids learn a bit about autism but also look at h All My Stripes is a book about this zebra named zane that is afraid to go to school because he thinks that he will stand out to much because of his extra autism stripe. With the help of his mom, she shows him that stripe is a little part of all these wonderful things that make him so special. I chose this book not only because it's so adorable but also because i think this book can not only be a window but also a mirror. I think that not only will kids learn a bit about autism but also look at how much more similar than different they are from zane.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cara Byrne

    “‘How come all anyone sees is my autism stripe?!’ Mama carried Zane over to the mirror. ‘When I look at you, I see many different stripes. If one of them were missing, you wouldn’t be the same.’” Zane the zebra has a tough day at school and wonders why all anyone sees is his Autism. His mama helps point out a number of his traits, including his honesty and curiosity, which make him the wonderful zebra that he is. Published by an imprint of the American Psychological Society, this book includes a “‘How come all anyone sees is my autism stripe?!’ Mama carried Zane over to the mirror. ‘When I look at you, I see many different stripes. If one of them were missing, you wouldn’t be the same.’” Zane the zebra has a tough day at school and wonders why all anyone sees is his Autism. His mama helps point out a number of his traits, including his honesty and curiosity, which make him the wonderful zebra that he is. Published by an imprint of the American Psychological Society, this book includes a reading guide and a reference list for parents and caregivers of children with Autism.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Stevenson

    In this story I loved the fact that some characteristics of autism were pointed out. Some of the traits they pointed out were how Zane didn't like to get his hoofs messy with paint. Another one was how he struggled to engage in conversation with the other children. My most favorite part about this story was how the mother explained to Zane all of the wonderful things that Zane had to offer regardless of his autism. I believe that is important for children to understand that despite any disabilit In this story I loved the fact that some characteristics of autism were pointed out. Some of the traits they pointed out were how Zane didn't like to get his hoofs messy with paint. Another one was how he struggled to engage in conversation with the other children. My most favorite part about this story was how the mother explained to Zane all of the wonderful things that Zane had to offer regardless of his autism. I believe that is important for children to understand that despite any disability they may have, they are still important.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Divya Gangadin

    This book does an amazing job touching the topic of Autism . This book allows children to understand that other children who do have Autism can be a little different, but still want to be treated like everyone else . It does a great job giving examples about how someone with Autism can do all the things anyone else can, it just might be a little different . I also enjoyed how in the book, the mother talked about all of the strong points her son has, and all the things he was good at . Overall I This book does an amazing job touching the topic of Autism . This book allows children to understand that other children who do have Autism can be a little different, but still want to be treated like everyone else . It does a great job giving examples about how someone with Autism can do all the things anyone else can, it just might be a little different . I also enjoyed how in the book, the mother talked about all of the strong points her son has, and all the things he was good at . Overall I greatly enjoyed this read!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I don't really know where to begin with this book. It was a cute story, but calling it a book for children with autism is a stretch. I think if the author had left out autism and covered just differences in general, it may have been a little bit better. I did like the concept of each stripe being different and all the stripes (differences) come together to make the zebra a whole. But again, this can be said about every child whether neurotypical or not. It was not my favorite book about autism i I don't really know where to begin with this book. It was a cute story, but calling it a book for children with autism is a stretch. I think if the author had left out autism and covered just differences in general, it may have been a little bit better. I did like the concept of each stripe being different and all the stripes (differences) come together to make the zebra a whole. But again, this can be said about every child whether neurotypical or not. It was not my favorite book about autism in children.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    A zebra is chosen as the main character of the book as a way of visually reinforcing that autism is only one aspect (one stripe) of being a neurodivergent child and expresses the desire for people to see their strengths (other stripes) instead of focusing on only one part of who they are. Miss 5 and I like to explore different books and authors at the library, sometimes around particular topics or themes. We try to get different ones out every week or so; it's fun for both of us to have the varie A zebra is chosen as the main character of the book as a way of visually reinforcing that autism is only one aspect (one stripe) of being a neurodivergent child and expresses the desire for people to see their strengths (other stripes) instead of focusing on only one part of who they are. Miss 5 and I like to explore different books and authors at the library, sometimes around particular topics or themes. We try to get different ones out every week or so; it's fun for both of us to have the variety and to look at a mix of new & favourite authors.

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