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My Brother Kevin has Autism

by Richard W. Carlson Jr.

Recommended by: Jennifer LB Leese
Published by iUniverse.com
Release: April 2002
Format: Paperback – 120 pages
ISBN: 0-595-22206-4

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Mr. Carlson has written a beautiful collection of poems about his brother Kevin, who has autism. Each of the 40 rhyming poems tells the reader what it is like to have a family member with the brain disorder known as autism. The love the author feels for his brother, shows in every word on every page.

I found each poem enlightening and filled with vivid details of autism and how I learned how people with autism feel about having autism and how they see things differently than the average person.

Kevin, Mr. Carlson’s younger brother, drew the delightful illustrations for MY BROTHER KEVIN HAS AUTISM, which gives the book a charming feel. There are 50 illustrations included in this book.

Kevin Carlson, since a young child, loved to draw. When he was born, his family had no idea that he had autism. However, they knew that Kevin was different and when he was 5 years old, and still hadn’t uttered a word, his family took him to the doctor, where he was diagnosed as having autism. Able to work, Kevin works at Sage, a business that employs handicapped people. Kevin makes crafts and decorative items for the company.

The author, Richard W. Carlson Jr., is known for having an over-active ability to write with vivid imagery. He is a multi-published author of children’s books, and has a book of love poems.

I highly recommend MY BROTHER KEVIN HAS AUTISM by Richard W. Carlson Jr., and his brother, Kevin Carlson, for all readers. Bravo to the Carlson’s!

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