Jacob and Sam by Kristi O’Callahan

The Synopsis:

In the story of Jacob and Sam, Jacob, a new student wants to befriend Sam, an autistic boy. Jacob does not understand why Sam doesn’t want to play outside or with the other children. Jacob’s teacher tells him to try and find something Sam likes to do and maybe it will be easier for him to play with you. Jacob does! He finds a way to enter Sam’s world and then of course magic happens!

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

My Review:

Jacob and Sam is a unique book that takes the “weirdness” out of the minds of children who meet those with special needs. The purpose of the book is to teach children to be creative and think outside the box in order to befriend those who are different than them.

I can’t say that I was “impressed” with the pictures, however you can still look at them and see what the illustrator is matching to the story so I’m not going to bash him/her. The story is told mostly in dialogue, which was kind of hard to follow at first without any descriptions of who was talking, however, a few pages into it, it becomes easier to read, and the ending was very sweet.

The intentions of the book and the smile it puts on the reader’s face at the end is really the  reason that I give it 4 out 5 stars; I recommend it especially to parents who have children that interact with autistic children, but also to children in general so that they can have an awareness of those who are different than them and how to make friends. I look forward to reading future books from this author and thank everyone who took the time to read this review.

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Rayleigh is a Freshman in college with a major in Accounting and long-term goal of being a CPA. She is an avid reader of all genres, and just as much of her time is spent writing as it is reading. She is the Associate Editor and Web Manager for PURSUE Magazine, in addition to posting her monthly articles on their blog. Rayleigh interns for Hartline Literary Agency where she advises authors in the best way to market their books. She is also a Social Media Manager for various businesses.

Her writing pseudonym is Rae Leigh and she is in the process of seeking publication for her Dystopian novella, Program MIRA.