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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
MEET THE AUTHOR
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).