Academic journal article Childhood Education

Kochka: The Boy Who Ate Stars

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Kochka: The Boy Who Ate Stars

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Kochka THE BOY WHO ATE STARS. Translated by Sarah Adams. ISBN-13: 978-1-4169-0038-2; ISBN-10: 1-4169-0038-1. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004. 112 pp. $12.95. This engaging novel, nominated for the prestigious Rennes Prize in France, would be an excellent read aloud book for children in grades 3-8. The author describes the experiences of a 12-year-old girl named Lucy as she spends time with a young boy with autism. A refreshing and enlightening read, this book could be included as part of the curriculum in inclusive or traditional elementary classroom settings. It also could prove valuable on the university level, especially in courses with a focus on learners with special needs or in classes with an anti-bias curriculum. The novel is written from Lucy's perspective as she first encounters and attempts to understand Matthew, a 4-year-old boy with autism. Lucy, a new resident in an apartment building, had promised herself that she was going to get to know all of her neighbors. Not long after moving in, Lucy investigates strange noises coming from her neighbor's apartment. …

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