Andy and his yellow frisbee / written and illustrated by Mary Thompson.

By: Thompson, Mary, 1947-Material type: TextTextPublisher: Bethesda, MD : Woodbine House, 1996Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 25 cmISBN: 0933149832 (hard cover); 9780933149830 (hard cover)Subject(s): Autism -- Juvenile fiction | Schools -- Juvenile fiction | Brothers and sisters -- Juvenile fictionAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Andy and his yellow frisbee.DDC classification: [Fic] LOC classification: PZ7.T37168 | An 1996Summary: The new girl at school tries to befriend Andy, an autistic boy who spends every recess by himself, spinning a yellow frisbee under the watchful eye of his older sister.
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The new girl at school tries to befriend Andy, an autistic boy who spends every recess by himself, spinning a yellow frisbee under the watchful eye of his older sister.

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Gr 1-3‘A sympathetic view of childhood autism from a young person's point of view. Sarah, a new girl at school, sees Andy by himself on the playground and is curious about his preoccupation with spinning a yellow frisbee. His sister Rosie watches Andy protectively from her soccer game and is fearful that the new girl will disturb his fragile composure. As Rosie thinks of Andy's problem, she explains autism to readers. Soft, watercolor illustrations reinforce the tenderness that Rosie feels toward her brother. There is none of the cruelty or lack of acceptance sometimes encountered by children with disabilities just because they are "different." At the end of the book, Thompson offers factual information about autism, its different degrees and characteristics. Andy is a book that will help youngsters see how those with special needs may be different but deserve tolerance and kindness just like all children do. A brief list for further reading offers other titles about autism from this publisher.‘Betty Teague, Blythe Academy of Languages, Greenville, SC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Mary Thompson was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and spent the first ten years of her childhood in that state. Since then she has lived primarily in California, with a short stint in Las Vegas. Mary currently resides in Virginia City, NV, in a log cabin that she and her husband built. She is married and has two daughters and four grandsons. This is her first book.

Mary tried her hand at several different hobbies before she walked into an Indian bead store in 1972 and experienced "a feeling of coming home." She bought a little roller loom, some beads, and went to work. It has been a love affair ever since and beadwork has opened many doors into new worlds for her. Mary started selling her work in 1985 and attracted the attention of Grandpa Semu Huaute, who eventually adopted her ceremonially as a Chumash and gave her his name to use. Diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in 1989, Mary considers herself a cancer survivor, rather than a victim. During her treatment and recovery, beadwork kept her going and lifted her spirits when needed.

Mary began teaching bead craft in 1990 and became head teacher and class coordinator for a program in California. In 1991 she developed the mini-frame loom and then, kits using the mini-frame loom. Her beadwork has won many prizes in the category of professional crafts and her loomwork sculptures have also won in the Fine Arts and Sculpture categories. She says that each finished piece is a song and that she teaches and writes to keep the craft alive and to introduce people of all age groups to the fun of loom beading.

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