Sunday, July 29, 2012

AW Sunday Review: Pay Attention, Emily Brown

Written by Linda Burton
Illustrated by Carl Burton 
ISBN: 978-1606130278

Woodbine House (October 7, 2011)
Hardcover 32 pages
Full-color illustrations
Ages 4-8  

Just think, Emmy Brown, for a moment or two…
Suppose that I told you my toes had turned blue?
Suppose that I started to fly overhead?
Or spread candy and presents all over your bed?
If I hung upside down by an arm and a knee
do you think, Emmy Brown, you would listen to me?

If you are the parent of a child with autism or any other attention issues you will relate to little Emily Brown.  Emily Brown is a little girl who has difficulty focusing and her mother is trying desperately to get her attention.

It's beautifully illustrated pictures will be appeal to young children.  The illustrations are also perfect to engage conversation.

Some great questions to ask while reading is: 

What color is Emily's shirt?    
What is Emily doing?  

If your child is non-verbal, ask them to point to colors, shapes or objects.  And if your child is not able to point - use hand over hand to lead to help them.  

With its lighthearted and humorous language, Pay Attention Emily Brown!  will be enjoyed by both parent and child.  And the message of unconditional love and acceptance is reaffirming for special needs children. 

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