Esther Watson Talking to Angels

ISBN 13: 9780152010775

Talking to Angels

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A poetic tribute to the author's autistic sister, Christa, explains why autism is not a barrier to love or friendship and celebrates the special world in which the young girl exists.

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Grade 1-4?This personal, tender depiction of the author/artist's young autistic sister treats the girl as a person with a rich, responsive inner life despite her inability to behave and communicate "normally." Christa loves to copy Esther's words and actions, feel a kitten's softness on her cheek, and play in water. She cringes from loud noises and cries when others cry. She seems to hear and see things within her head and murmurs as if talking softly to angels. The large-print text is simple, with only a sentence or two per page. Opposite it are full-page, mixed-media illustrations done in an unusual style that's half childlike and half Picassolike. Mouths are huge and full of teeth, spiky-lashed eyes are unmatched, hands have abnormally large numbers of fingers, arms are long and snaky, and colors are mostly primary. Yet the pictures are moving, dynamic, and expressive, reflecting how Christa might see the world. This artistic, loving tribute to a child who is sensitive and joyful despite her disability truly helps dispel some misunderstandings about autism.?Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

Billed as a tribute to Watson's autistic sister, this debut work is unlikely to strike a chord with young readers. Its minimal text consists of a dozen or so statements about the narrator's sister Christa: "When she puts her hands on my cheeks and looks in my eyes, I repeat every word she says. That makes her laugh. She hears what I say, only she answers back in her head. She doesn't speak to me out loud." Christa, whom the narrator hears "softly talking to angels," is meant to seem very special, and only on the penultimate spread is the term "autistic" introduced (it is never defined). The art, however, suggests a more disturbing story. Disembodied heads float on abstract backgrounds. Eyes are ringed with huge spiky eyelashes; a nose appears where an ear might be; tears leave tracks like snails. The artist simulates the unformed draftsmanship of a child, but her work doesn't show much appreciation of children's sensibilities. While Watson may hope to teach respect for people who are "different," neither the text nor the pictures give kids the information or insight they need to build understanding. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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