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Reviews (5): Adalyn's Clare

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Anonymous
LENEXA, Kansas
May 24 2016
Customer Review: Stacie Theis - Adalyn is autistic and like many children with autism Adalyn attends a regular school and spends most of the day in an average classroom. Routine is key for Adalyn's success and having a plan when things go wrong is essential. Adalyn's Clare by Kari Dunn Buron is an enlightening and educational story about the life of a child with autism and what can be accomplished when school officials, teachers, and parents work together. Adalyn is in fourth grade and is very intelligent. She loves animals and excels in science. However, Adalyn struggles with social situations and making friends. Sometimes Adalyn has difficult days and needs a break from things. At times like this Adalyn visits Mrs. Kelly. Mrs. Kelly is a special teacher and in her room she has a pop-up tent for Adalyn to escape and sort out her feelings. One day, Mrs. Kelly had a surprise for Adalyn, a puppy. Adalyn is thrilled and asks to name the puppy Clare. Clare is a therapy dog and instantly makes Adalyn feel safe. Clare's job is to help Adalyn feel more comfortable around other people and to help her make new friends. This is a big task for a little puppy, but with a lot of patience from everyone involved Clare and Adalyn are sure to succeed. Adalyn's Clare is a timely and well contrived story that helps reader's gain a better understanding of what a child with autism faces each day. The story is an ideal teaching tool and should be used in classrooms everywhere. As schools strive to include children with special needs in the mainstream classroom they must make it a priority to educate other students about the challenges faced by children with autism and other learning disabilities. When everyone works together to help others great things can be achieved. I highly recommend picking up a copy of Adalyn's Clare.
Anonymous
LENEXA, Kansas
May 24 2016
Customer Review: Aliceskier - Very good for explaining a method for teaching impaired children. Also a very cute story in the process of telling.
Anonymous
LENEXA, Kansas
May 24 2016
Customer Review: Bonnie Neely - Adalyn's Clare by Kari Dunn Buron, Illustrated by Lou Wisniewski is a good story written for elementary school age as a read to me or read it yourself, with lots of imaginative happenings (animals talking) and a good story. Adalyn is a child who has emotional disorders, which are not named specifically in the book, but which her teachers help her learn to control by providing her a safe space in school and her dog Clare helps her learn to stay calm. The guide at the end of the book explains some of the needs and peculiarities of children with Autism and Asberger's Syndrome and is very helpful in helping parents explain to their children how to understand and befriend children who have problems. The book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED in its sensitivity and good solutions to difficulties of being a special needs child or in class with one
Anonymous
LENEXA, Kansas
May 24 2016
Customer Review: Joanna Keating Velasco - Adalyn's Clare by Kari Dunn Buron is a sweet well-written and well-edited story about a fourth grader who has social and anxiety challenges. This chapter book targeted at 3rd-6th graders follows Adalyn and her interaction with a new therapy dog, Clare, on her school campus. What I found very child-friendly about this book is that the animals are just as much main characters as their human counterparts. You get to hear their "cultural" origins and back stories which help them support and assist the dog in a similar way that Clare ends up supporting her human friend, Clare. This adventure-of-a-story is a terrific way to introduce some of the challenges someone like Adalyn experiences to her typical peers in the classroom. It's a great way for peers/classmates to learn about what this young lady is going through; so that they can be more understanding, accepting and compassionate to their classmates. This book would be a fantastic way for a teacher to create a springboard for classroom discussion without interfering with the confidentiality of a student who might experience such challenges. For teachers to read such stories to their classrooms is a wonderful way to demystify what this young lady experiences. Then a student might consider the fact that they, too, might experience similar challenges, but perhaps on a smaller scale. It also brings to light the use of therapy animals in the school setting. Kudos to Kari Dunn Buron on creating this dynamic duo of Clare and Adalyn.
Anonymous
LENEXA, Kansas
April 29 2015
This adventure-of-a-story is a terrific way to introduce some of the challenges someone like Adalyn experiences to her typical peers in the classroom. It's a great way for peers/classmates to learn about what this young lady is going through; so that they can be more understanding, accepting and compassionate to their classmates. This book would be a fantastic way for a teacher to create a springboard for classroom discussion without interfering with the confidentiality of a student who might experience such challenges.

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