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Looking after Louis [Paperback]

Lesley Ely , Polly Dunbar
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1 Sep 2005
"There's a new boy at school called Louis. Louis sits next to me and I look after him. He's not quite like the rest of us. Sometimes I wonder what he's thinking about. He often just sits and stares at the wall. If I ask him what he's looking at he says, 'Looking at' and carries on looking." This introduction to the issue of autism shows how - through imagination, kindness, and a special game of football - Louis's classmates find a way to join him in his world. Then they can include Louis in theirs.


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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books; New edition edition (1 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845070836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845070830
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 27.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 309,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A children's book that was voted Top Choice in our January 2006 book reviews, has gone on to win the Nasen TES Special Educational Needs - Children's Book Award 2006… it introduces children to the issue of autism through use of an engaging story and attractive illustrations. (Child Education )

A moving picture book about an autistic schoolboy who makes a small breakthrough to which his friends and teachers respond. It helps children understand how being sensitive to others might make you, too, feel good (Sunday Times )

This book is about autism, but it's such an excellent picture book in its own right that is would be a great shame to pigeon-hole it as an 'issues' story... Polly Dunbar's excellent illustrations are full of entertaining incidental detail. (The Ultimate First Book Guide )

A sensitively handled story. (Child Care )

It's a book that promotes acceptance and sensitivity in a beautiful and non-sentimental way. (Booktrust )

About the Author

Lesley Ely is an experienced headteacher who has taught autistic children in mainstream schools. She lives in Northamptonshire. Her books for Frances Lincoln are Measuring Angels and Looking After Louis.

Polly Dunbar was born in Stratford upon Avon. Daughter of children's author Joyce Dunbar, Polly first started illustrating when she was 16 and has a degree in Illustration at the University of Brighton. Polly's books for Frances Lincoln are Down the Back of the Chair, Measuring Angels, Looking After Louis and Bubble Trouble. She lives in Brighton, Sussex.

To visit Polly Dunbar's website click here

To read an interview with Polly Dunbar click here


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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every classroom needs one! 1 April 2004
Format:Hardcover
Louis is different, what we now call 'special' or 'with special needs'. He's autistic and the little girl who sits next to him at school, tries to help him. Sometimes though, it doesn't seem fair. She looks after Louis and Louis is allowed to play football with Sam in lesson time. Why does Miss Owlie let Sam and Louis go into the playground in lesson time? She confronts Miss Owlie. And the teacher gently confronts her. ''What do you think about it?'And she looks at her 'as if she expected my answer to be very wise.' And the little girl is wise. She whispers, 'I think we're allowed to break the rules for special people.' Right!
This moving but unsentimental story recognises the difficulties of inclusion in the classroom, but also celebrates the benefits that come to those who care and those who are cared for in the school community. All the characters are drawn from life in this upbeat treatment of a serious topic. This is an entertaining story, illustrated as if by the children themselves, by Polly Dunbar. The stunning result is a book that should be in every primary school classroom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every classroom needs one! 30 Dec 2005
Format:Paperback
Louis is different, what we now call 'special'or 'with special needs'. He is autistic and the little girl who sits next to him at school tries to help him. Sometimes though, it doesn't seem fair. She looks after Louis, but Louis is allowed to play football with Sam in lesson time. Why? She confronts Miss Owlie who gently confronts her. "'What do you think about it?' And she looks as if 'she expected my answer to be very wise.'" And the little girl is wise. She whispers, 'I think we're allowed to break the rules for special people. Right?' Right!
This moving but unsentimental story recognises the difficulties of inclusion in the classroom, and celebrates the benefits to both the cared for and and the caring. It's an upbeat treatment of a serious topic. I can't think of a better way of introducing the subject to a person of any age - tot, teen or adult. Illustrations by Polly Dunbar, help take the reader into the world of an autistic child and promote understanding. This stunning book should be in every classroom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent! 15 Mar 2014
By Carrie
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Lovely tale of how young children cope with differentiation in practice within education :) The illustrations are wonderful and the concepts portrayed are clear and thought provoking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 10 Dec 2013
By Moira
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Really lovely book that everyone can read and learn from a must for mainstream schools with children with ASD's so those around them can understand
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice review in the Observer 25 Nov 2013
By Jo Ely
Format:Paperback
My daughter's teacher loves this book, me too. I can really see why The Observer called it subtle and beautiful. It is both.
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