Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Book Review: Shine by Justine Edwards

By Justine Edward
Publisher: Balboa Press
Published: June 21, 2013

Amazon Synopsis:

Illustrated by seven year old Karl Gabriel, who has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, this simple-to-read picture book helps children understand that they can overcome whatever is going on around them if they believe in the light that lives within them.

My Thoughts:

This is a lovely children’s picture book written in verse. Each verse is accompanied by an illustration.

While the book was written with Karl in mind, I believe that this book is about all children 

(and adults). It will remind them that they are unique and special and of value. I think that part of the value of this book is that it is illustrated by a child with a disability. By having Karl provide the illustrations, it demonstrates that persons with disabilities are valuable, and can make valuable contributions to our society.

This is a lovely children's book that I think children and adults will share together for generations to come. I give it 5 stars!

Thank you to the author, Justine Edwards who provided a free copy of the book in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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About Justine:

Justine Edwards is Australian author, educator and mother of three. She lives in the land of eternal sunshine where she enjoys indulging her love of baking, chocolate and good books. She has over a decade's experience working with children and young people.

Her desire is for everyone to reach their potential and that is the reason she wrote Shine.

How many people do you know who lack self belief? Feel like outsiders, think they are not worthy, not capable, who doubt themselves and their abilities?

Shine has a powerful message "Believe in yourself and anything is possible." The text is accompanied by beautiful illustrations, drawn by a seven year old boy diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

You can find out more about Karl and Shine on my website: http://just235.wix.com/shine 

Contact Christine
Blog: http://justineedward.com/

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild
to pick up a book and read to a child"
                                               Dr Seuss

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