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5.0 out of 5 stars A moving true story,
This review is from: A Friend Like Ben (Paperback)The book is a moving, true story about a mother and her son's struggles with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Julia Romp has a quiet, withdrawn, severely autistic ten year old child called George. George, like many autistic children, struggles to cope with any change in routines and to make friendships. Little did Julia Romp first realise that a stray black and white cat with piercing green eyes who began visiting her garden could make such an impact on her life, and that having a friend like Ben could be so beneficial for her son.
Using `cat talk', George begins to express emotions such as love which he was otherwise unable to do so. George becomes more imaginative as he creates stories about his and Ben's adventures which he shares with his mother. Although there is no cure for ASD, having a friend like Ben has helped George to express more of his personality, communicate more and learn to show affection towards loved ones. When Ben goes missing, his mother knows that Ben needs to be found for them to enjoy Christmas and for George's progress to continue.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Friend Like Ben,
This review is from: A Friend Like Ben (Paperback)I bought this book for my partner on recommendation from a friend. She took it away with us on holiday to Devon and she was wrapped up in it ,every spare moment she had - I beleive DELIGHTED would be an under statement !
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching & Uplifting,
This review is from: A Friend Like Ben (Paperback)"A Friend Like Ben" is an amazing book about the true story of the author's son, George and the cat that was such a help and lifeline to them both.
When you think of animals helping humans, you would normally think of a dog (Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs, Assistance Dogs, Hounds for Heroes, Detection Dogs of various kinds etc) but, unusually the helper in this instance is a little stray cat!
The Prologue tells of cat Ben, some background and how he came into te lives of George & his Mum.
Part 1 tells of life before Ben - Julia's background, becoming a single mother and of George her son. Julia battles to find out what is wrong with George, she knows that something is amiss, despite being told by various doctors that he is ok. However George is not ok, he is Autistic. This was not picked up until finally a teacher agreed with Julia, that all was not well with George. Through this teacher, Miss Procter, George was referred to an Educational Psychologist who painstakingly assesses George and his complexities and then to goes on to identify the problems and then to tackle them one by one.
Part 2 is all about coping with George, finding Ben and how this little cat got though to George where others failed. Steps forward were made and things did get better than they ever had been.
Part 3 tells of losing Ben, George's reactions to the loss of his cat and of how hard Julia worked to try and find Ben.
This is an extremely good book and a real eye opener to the problems parents have when their child is autistic. It is a story of courage, of love, of perseverence & hard work, of never giving up and of the power of an animal. Just brilliant!
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story,
This review is from: A Friend Like Ben (Paperback)Was given the loan of this book by a friend and loved the true, heart tugging/warming story. Have bought it for another friend as an extra for Christmas.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book to read,
This review is from: A Friend Like Ben (Paperback)l enjoyed reading this book all about ben the cat and all he got up to, and then I let a friend read it and she enjoyed it also.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cat and people lover will enjoy this boook,
This review is from: A Friend Like Ben (Paperback)I greatly enjoyed this book both for the story of Ben and for the story of his owner
Very readable and interesting
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story,
This review is from: A Friend Like Ben (Paperback)This book taught me a lot about Autism. I didnt realise how difficult it could be for parents who have Autistic children and how lonely it must have been for Julia in those first years. I couldnt put the book down and loved it all. Glad all worked out in the end and that Ben was found and George was once again happy and talking with his friend.
4.0 out of 5 stars moving story,
This review is from: A Friend Like Ben (Paperback)a very good read, if a little tedious at times, but a very interesting story all the same. proving time and time again that animals and autistic children are very much a match, if the right one is found
5.0 out of 5 stars Ben,
This review is from: A Friend Like Ben (Paperback)After reading A Street Cat Named Bob, I got the bug to read just how much difference having a cat can be good and I've only read a few chapters but I am already hooked, this book tells you more about the background of the family that Ben is going to live with and when life stops getting in the way I am looking forward to settling down to read more.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and touching,
This review is from: A Friend Like Ben (Paperback)Bought for my mum and she loved the sensitive way the book was written.
Suitable for wide age range a great read!
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A Friend Like Ben by Julia Romp (Paperback - 26 May 2011)