When looking at Kobo for children’s books that I might like to read and review, I stumbled across Peter’s Asparagus by Angela Nicole Krause. This little book is the first in a series of short stories which are easy to read, sensitive and entertaining. Peter’s Asparagus is about a young boy with Asperger’s Syndrome. Peter has a hard time making friends and he doesn’t like changes. He is however really good at math, spelling and science. The story explains Asperger’s quite well for a children’s book. I got to really feel for Peter as he was getting upset because the other children in his class laughed at him, thinking he’d said that he had asparagus. In the end, Peter can even laugh at the misunderstanding himself.
This story is really good for class or family discussion on children’s differences and disabilities. As I said, it makes the reader quite aware of what Asperger’s Syndrome is. The story also teaches about the value of friendship and about the fact that children are good and not so good at different things and that it can be good to help each other. Besdies being a good book for teaching every child about accepting differences, this book is great for children with autism or Asperger’s to feel that they are not alone.
Title: Peter’s Asparagus
Author: Angela Nicole Krause
Publisher: York Publishing Services, Ltd.
Publication date: January 2014