Autism and Me-Sibling Stories by Ouisie Shapiro: A Book Review

Autism can have profound effects not only on the person affected with autism, but also on family members.

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In Autism and Me: Sibling Stories, Ouisie Shapiro tries to shed light on how the siblings of autistic children are affected.  This book is written quite simply and would be very easy for kids from grades 3 on up to read themselves.

The book contains two to three pages devoted to a sibling talking about their sibling with autism.  Several different children are features–sometimes the autistic sibling is older, sometimes younger.

However, because this book is so simply written, I feel it’s a bit deceiving.  Some kids say things like, “I don’t like it when she pulls my hair or hits” referring to the autistic sibling, but those comments are only briefly mentioned.  Instead, the book has a lot of children saying how much they love their autistic sibling and appreciate their uniqueness.

While I appreciate the sentiment, I would have liked to have seen a more balanced approach.  Having a sibling with autism can be both good and bad.  I wish the book reflected more of the difficulty so siblings of autistic children would not feel that they are alone or that the mixed emotions that they feel such as anger, sadness, and shame, make them “bad.”

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

$35 Gift Certificate to NOVICA: Review and Giveaway

I love NOVICA!  I love the gifts that I’ve purchased from NOVICA, and I love that when I buy my gifts there I am helping to support artisans.

NOVICA helps local artisans around the world find an international market for their goods.  The artisans create their goods and then bring them to a regional NOVICA office in their country where the people at NOVICA check the quality of the product, verify the specifications of the product, and take a picture of the product before putting it up on the NOVICA website.

In addition to these benefits, NOVICA offers local artisans 0% interest loans as they grow their businesses.

I have ordered from NOVICA for several years now, and I’ve always been pleased!  (You can see posts about my previous NOVICA experiences here and here.)

This fall, I ordered these earrings for PB & J Girl.

(She got her ears pierced for her 8th birthday and was excited to start wearing earrings!)

For Christmas, I ordered these pretty little earrings for her:

But, of course, NOVICA offers much more than just earrings.  There is jewelry for men and women, clothes and accessories for women, home decor, paintings, handbags, vases, and many more items.

I appreciate shopping NOVICA instead of large chain stores because the gifts are unique and they come beautifully packaged, often with a little note from the creator of the item.  In addition, you can find gifts at NOVICA for a variety of budgets.

The Giveaway

One lucky Mom’s Plans winner will receive a $35 NOVICA gift certificate (which must be used by January 31st).

-To enter the giveaway, simply go to NOVICA’s website, find something you’d like to order should you win, and leave a comment here stating what the item is.

-For an additional entry, follow Mom’s Plans on Instagram and then leave a comment stating that you did so.

-For one more additional entry, follow Mom’s Plans on Pinterest and then leave a comment stating that you did so.

This giveaway, which is open to U.S. residents 18 and older, will end on December 15, 2016.  The winner will be chosen via

I was given one $35 gift certificate to review NOVICA.  No other compensation was given.  All opinions are my own.

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