- Posted September 28, 2013 by
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Diagnosed With Autism But Not Defined By It
My best friend's son thinks differently to a lot of kids. Sometimes he acts quite differently too. He doesn't like loud noises or crowded rooms, he rarely engages in conversation and needs to be prompted to look you in the eye.
But he is also a typical seven year old boy. He has energy galore, he loves playing with his ipad, trains and marble runs. He loves music, reading and playing at the park with his older brother. His favourite book is the Very Hungry Caterpillar which he can recite in Japanese, French and German.
Karl has Autism Spectrum Disorder. But he is not defined by it.
My name is Justine Edward and for the last seven years I have witnessed Karl and his family’s journey with Autism. This experience compelled me to write ‘Shine’.
Shine is a children’s picture book which promotes the values of self-love, compassion and perseverance. Each of Karl’s colorful illustrations are accompanied by a positive affirmation which will encourage all readers to believe in themselves and reach for their dreams.
“Heart warming book. Filled with words all children (and adults) should hear. Love the illustrations; they're elegant, bright, and full of light and love. I was touched by the book.” – Cutis Jensen
In writing Shine I wanted to create a resource for children, parents and educators which would inspire people to see the inner beauty, rather than focusing on the challenges.
Shine is Available in ebook and paperback on Amazon.com.
For a limited time you can read Shine for free on my website: http://just235.wix.com/shine
“I read it to my daughter right after I received it. She just listened to it, and she loved the pictures. She actually wants to write Karl (the illustrator) a thank you card for the wonderful pictures he drew. That right there made it an even better book (and I liked it the first time I read it).
Thank you Justine Edward for the wonderful book!” – Deanna Geddes
“A great empowering story for kids with simple, sweet illustrations.
Reviews from the kids:
Hudson - I liked the rainbow part and the heart part. It was very good. I also liked every single part.
Aislinn - It was a good book, the words were special to me.” – Taylor Hawkins