"So genuine are the paintings of narrator Julie, her big sister, Tara, and her younger autistic brother, lan, that the three children look as though they will continue walking, tying a shoe, or feeding the ducks just as soon as the page is turned. As Tara and Julie take lan along on their walk to the park, Julie describes how lan acts differently from most people, ...Admirably patient with lan, Julie nevertheless grows angry with his seemingly stubborn ways. Yet her close observations of her brother serve her well when lan wanders away....Through its simple plot, the story conveys a complex family relationship and demonstrates the ambivalent emotions Julie Feels about her autistic brother. This natural mix of resentment, anger, isolation, loyalty, and love is explained in preliminary notes written by professional caregivers. Sensitizing readers to these dynamics as well as to the autistic condition, this book offers a valuable, warmly told lesson."
"Sensitizing readers to these dynamics as well as to the autistic condition, this book offers a valuable, warmly told lesson."
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Named ABA Pick of the Lists
American Bookseller named Ian's Walk a "Pick of theLists" and wrote, "Lovely pictures bring to life the touching story of how Julie learns to appreciate her younger brother, who has autism. It teaches not only about an often misunderstood disorder, but responsibility, acceptance, appreciation, and love."