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About the Author

D.M. Rosner is the mother of two beautiful boys, one of whom has autism. Bothered by the lack of general public understanding about autism, she started building awareness by designing T-shirts and handout cards to educate the adults she encountered, but also wanted to find a way to reach out to the children who misunderstand those with autism. The China Doll, her first children's book, is the result. Her other published works include the humor book Welcome to My World: Adventures in Raising a Child with Autism, and a story in A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Autism. For more information about Ms. Rosner, please visit www.dmrosner.com. For T-shirts, handout cards, and other autism awareness items designed by Ms. Rosner, please visit www.autismgear.com.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource 30 July 2007
By Roberta L. Patterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a nurse I know that siblings often become the life long advocates for persons living with disabilities. This book will help those siblings not only resolve ambiguous emotions in themselves, but explain their brother's or sister's special needs to friends and playmates. This book would benefit siblings, friends, and classmates of children with any variety of challenges, not just autism.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I understand... a little bit. 30 Oct. 2007
By nsv - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A very dear friend has an autistic son. His behavior has always mystified me. I could never predict what he's about to do, and many times when he did something I didn't understand why he did it. Worse, I couldn't seem to connect with him at all.

The China Doll has actually helped me understand his reactions. I still can't predict what he'll do, but thanks to the "For Parents and Educators" section, his actions make a bit more sense to me, and I have a much better idea of how to interact with him.

I'm afraid I'll never really be friends with this boy. I can't sit and chat with him about the school day or a new video game the way I can with his brother. But after reading this book I understand him a little bit better. And thanks to the positive message in this book, I'm a lot more comfortable being around him.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific for the parents of and relatives of autistic children 23 July 2007
By Terry J. Podoloff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book written is written in a wonderfully creative way. It is a terrific basis for explanations to siblings of children who are "different". As I read it I felt it would be a great example for all kinds of issues faces by the siblings of autistic children even better as a great tool for parents who do not always know what to say.
Thanks to the author the additional information provided in the afterward is very detailed and really gives the reader other resources for information.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beatifully crafted allegory for autism awareness 8 Aug. 2007
By Sean Capelle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Ms. Rosner's book, "The China Doll," is an insightful glimpse into the world of autism.

The story is well-crafted, which tells of a little girl who receives a doll that isn't quite like her others. The color illustrations compliment the narration beautifully.

Not only does Ms. Rosner shed light on the behaviors that typify autistic children, she also provides an informational section in the end that relates advice on how to identify and understand this behavior.

Autism is unfortunately a growing concern in America. I highly recommend "The China Doll" for anyone who deals with autistic children, or would like to know more about autism.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful story 5 Sept. 2007
By Stirling Davenport - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed reading this because as a primary school teacher last year I finally had the experience of one autistic girl in my class. This book is so wonderful for children to understand why somebody is different and how their behavior can be interpreted. The illustrations mesh perfectly with the story and young children can relate to the main character. I also like the way the author gently leads the reader into the subject. Very skillfully done. I will look for more books by D.M. Rosner and also more of Robert S. Jones' illustrations.
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