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Maria and Me

A Father, a Daughter (and Autism)

Miguel Gallardo



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Jessica Kingsley Publishers
15 October 2017
Selected by the Reading Agency for the Summer Reading Challenge 2018.

Giving a father's insight into life with his daughter Maria, aged 12, who has autism, this comic tells the story of their week holiday in the Canary Islands, Spain. Delightful illustrations and dialogue between father and daughter show the day-to-day challenges that people with autism and their carers face, and how Miguel and Maria overcome them.

Funny and endearing, this comic helps to show how Maria sees and experiences the world in her own way and that she's unique, just like everyone else.
By:   Miguel Gallardo
Imprint:   Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 244mm,  Width: 179mm,  Spine: 11mm
Weight:   295g
ISBN:   9781785923814
ISBN 10:   1785923811
Pages:   64
Publication Date:   15 October 2017
Recommended Age:   From 7 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Miguel Gallardo is an award-winning illustrator based in Barcelona, Spain. His daughter Maria Gallardo lives in Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, Spain.

Reviews for Maria and Me: A Father, a Daughter (and Autism)

Miguel Gallardo has a wonderful way of getting people's expressions and personalities with just a few lines, and his drawings are so expressive of life with his daughter. Splashes of red add to the dynamics of the story... A beautifully produced hardback, this book will give lots of pleasure to families coping with the sometime difficulties of living with autism. Not just for children, but for adults too! -- Healthybooks Do not be deceived by the apparent simplicity of Gallardo's drawings. Stripped of unneeded decorations these drawings will capture you with their purity. This purity is what this book is about. Pure love between a father and daughter. Love towards family and friends. Love towards life. -- Hanoch Piven, Illustrator & Educator Maria and Me is an endearing account of a father's view of his holiday with his daughter with autism. Beautifully illustrated and at times funny, this book provides an alternative way of explaining some of the common traits of autism. -- Tara Leniston, Actress and mother of a son with autism The content is slight in terms of events, but the significance comes in attempting to build understanding about how it feels to take care of a child with autism.The upscale hardcover packaging and simple images make this a lovely gift for anyone interested in learning more about the condition as it affects day-to-day life, particularly since it doesn't demand much involvement from the reader. -- Comics Worth Reading

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