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Adalyn's Clare

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Adalyn's Clare

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Although Adalyn is brilliant in academics and has highly developed special interests, she is filled with fear and prefers to be alone as she finds most people confusing and annoying. Adalyn's best friends are the animals in the science room, which is just about her favorite place in the whole wide world. But then comes Clare ... Clare is a therapy puppy who has been assigned to help Adalyn find friends. This is a big assignment for a three-month-old puppy, but she doesn't have to figure it all out on her own. Clare draws support from memories of her own mother's wisdom, some really caring teachers; and the life lessons of a friendly ferret, two very smart rats, an exotic bird and a three-legged, guinea pig. Their stories will entertain, delight and amaze you. With the release of Adalyn's Clare, author Kari Dunn Buron, hopes to draw attention to the realities of social anxiety, the importance of teaching relaxation and other coping strategies and the need for teachers and loved ones to help create meaningful relationships for children, like Adalyn, who have difficulty making friends. Recommended for young readers in grades 3-6. Illustrated by Lou Wisniewski. 

What Young Readers Are Saying …

“I love how this book says everyone is different and everyone is wonderful!”  Teagan, 6th grad

“I will read it again!”  Greta, 3rd grade

“I didn’t want it to end.”  Jonah, 3rd grade

“I have a dog.”  Anne Marie, kindergarten

“Adalyn’s Clare will make you laugh and cry with its inspiring characters that everyone can relate to, human and dog alike.”  Therese, 6th grade


Kari Dunn Buron, MS, taught in K-12 with students on the autism spectrum for 30+ years. She developed an Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate program for educators at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN and has done volunteer autism-specific work specific in Trinidad, Tobago, Barbados, Tanzania and Ghana. Kari received a Self-designed Bush Leadership Fellowship that allowed her to spend a year interviewing and working internationally with a number of scientists and researchers in the area of social cognition, education and autism with a focus on challenging behaviors.

Kari is also the co-author of The Incredible 5-Point Scale, and the author of When My Worries Get Too Big! and A "5" is Against the Law! (Autism Society America Literary Award Winner). She is the co-editor of a textbook for educators titled Learners on the Autism Spectrum: Preparing Highly Qualified Educators (Autism Society America Literary Award Winner) and is the creator of an original social skills magazine designed for students with high-functioning autism called The Social Times (Gold Winner, National Parenting Publications Award and Gold Medal Winner, Moonbeam Children's Book Awards).
ISBN: 9781937473228

Reviews (5)

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.
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.
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
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