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The Reason I Jump: One Boy's Voice from the Silence of Autism (Hardback)
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The Reason I Jump: One Boy's Voice from the Silence of Autism (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 01/07/2013
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'Composed by a writer still with one foot in childhood, and whose autism was at least as challenging and life-defining as our son's, THE REASON I JUMP was a revelatory godsend. Reading it felt as if, for the first time, our own son was talking to us about what was happening inside his head.' Written by Naoki Higishida when he was only thirteen, this remarkable book explains the often baffling behaviour of autistic children and shows the way they think and feel - such as about the people around them, time and beauty, noise, and themselves. Naoki abundantly proves that autistic people do possess imagination, humour and empathy, but also makes clear, with great poignancy, how badly they need our compassion, patience and understanding. David Mitchell and his wife have translated Naoki's book so that it might help others dealing with autism, and generally illuminate a little-understood condition. Like The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, it gives us an exceptional chance to enter the mind of another and see the world from a strange and fascinating perspective. The book also features eleven original illustrations, inspired by Naoki's words, by the artistic duo Kai and Sunny.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
ISBN: 9781444776751
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 268 g
Dimensions: 204 x 137 x 22 mm

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“Insightful and heartfelt”

I'd like to qualify this review. I have a son with autism and approached this book as a supplemental resource to enable some fresh thinking.

The format of the book is very simple. Aside from the excellent and,... More

Paperback edition
1st August 2014
Helpful? Upvote 66

“The book every teacher should read!”

The reviews already online give excellent insight into this amazing book and I do not wish to just repeat all the excellent points they make; I would however, like to raise a couple of points which I feel highlight... More

Paperback edition
26th August 2013
Helpful? Upvote 65

“Moving and inspirational”

This is an amazingly moving book. It is a translation of a young boy's explanation of his autism, set out in a question and answer format. It is a truly amazing feat that he has managed to describe his actions... More

Hardback edition
29th May 2014
Helpful? Upvote 62

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