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Sundays With Matthew

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Sundays With Matthew
A Young Boy With Autism and an Artist Share Their Sketchbooks

In this positive and inspirational example of a very special relationship between two people, two artists share a passion for art and life. This unique and engagingly illustrated children's book is based on the author's experience working with a fifth grader with autism, helping him to recognize his own and others' emotions and, in general, interact with people. This book demonstrates that using a special interest and talent is a proven way to help a child reach his full potential.


Matthew Lancelle
is an 18-year-old with autism who likes to express himself through his artwork. Some of his favorite subjects to illustrate are monsters and sea creatures. Matthew is also a photographer. In addition, he likes chess, swimming, video games, watching movies, and hanging out with his family, who lives in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.

Jeanette Lesada met Matthew Lancelle, a then middle-school student, in 2001 through Wisconsin Early Autism Project (WEAP). A few years later when funding was cut, Jeanette became a volunteer and continued to visit Matthew every Sunday for art therapy. When asked about her approach, Jeanette says, "Basically I try to encourage recycling positive thoughts. Many of our drawings come from real life, where we try to take a negative situation and put a positive spin on it for next time." Jeanette has earned her B.F.A., has owned her own photography business, and is also a writer, Reiki master, and musician. She lives with her husband in Shorewood, Wisconsin.

ISBN: 9781931282840

Reviews (5)

LENEXA, Kansas
June 06 2016
Customer Review: Amazon Customer - Not only is this book full of delightfully entertaining drawings, it's also bursting with gems of wisdom about relationships and life in general. The perspective of an autistic child adds a poignant message about what truly matters in life. The Sketchbook Tips at the end of the book can be used by anyone who wants to start drawing but isn't sure how. "Sundays with Matthew" is a wonderful read for kids and adults of any age. It should be required reading in any school that has autistic students. I highly recommend it!
LENEXA, Kansas
June 06 2016
Customer Review: Copper Cavalier - As an educator I have worked with several autistic students over the years and this book is a perfect model for what can be accomplished by these talented children with a little guidance. The book is an inspiration for all those working the field of education as it helps us imagine the possibilties for success that all exceptional learners possess. I read this book to my class and we came up with the idea of "response journaling" through art and text as a classroom project to issues we face daily and throughout the year. This book has given my class the motivation to create similar products. The book is well done and would be a welcome addition to any classroom library, especially if the class includes an autistic student. This book will help the other students in class more clearly understand autism and some issues that surround it. Great read-aloud.
LENEXA, Kansas
June 06 2016
Customer Review: Jlesada - Sundays with Matthew is a wonderful, whimsical book emphasizing "how to be a good person", and focusing on areas that autistic kids sometimes have problems with. By drawing out abstract concepts, visual kids can understand these ideas more fully. There is a great section of sketchbook tips at the end that encourage others to find their own sketchbook buddy, and use drawing as a form of communication.
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