Although Adalyn is brilliant in academics and has highly developed special interests, she is filled with fear and prefers to be alone as she finds most human beings confusing and annoying.
Adalyn's best friends are the animals in the science room, which is just about her favorite place in the whole wide world.
But then comes Clare, a therapy puppy who has been assigned to help Adalyn find friends. This is a big assignment for a three-month-old puppy, but she doesn't have to figure it all out on her own. Clare draws support from memories of her own mother's wisdom, some really caring teachers; and the life lessons of a friendly ferret, two very smart rats, an exotic bird and a three-legged, guinea pig. Their stories will entertain, delight and amaze you.
With the release of Adalyn's Clare Kari Dunn Buron draws attention to the realities of social anxiety, the importance of teaching relaxation and other coping strategies and the need for teachers and loved ones to help create valuing relationships for children who have difficulty making friends, like Adalyn.
Kari Dunn Buron taught in K-12 with students on the autism spectrum for 30+ years. She developed an autism spectrum disorders Certificate program for educators at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN and has done volunteer work specific to autism in Trinidad, Tobago, Barbados, Tanzania and Ghana. In 2003, Kari received a Self-designed Bush Leadership Fellowship that allowed her to spend a year interviewing and working internationally with a number of scientists and researchers in the area of Social Cognition, Education and Autism with a focus on challenging behaviors. Kari is the co-author of The Incredible 5-Point Scale, and the author of When My Worries Get Too Big, A 5 Could Make Me Lose Control and A 5 is Against the Law! (2008 ASA literary award winner). Kari is the co-editor of a textbook for educators titled Learners on the Autism Spectrum: Preparing Highly Qualified Educators (2009 ASA literary award winner) and is the creator of an original social skills magazine designed for students with Asperger syndrome called The Social Times (2010 Gold Winner, National Parenting Publications Award; and Gold Medal Winner, Moonbeam Children's Book Awards).
Recommended for young readers in grades 3-6. 2012