Dannie's dilemma : the shopping trip : the right shoes

By: Haldane, Carol.
Contributor(s): Jones, Karen.
Series: Dannie's dilemma.Publisher: Brentwood Chipmunkpublishing 2008Description: 65 p. ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9781847476760.Subject(s): CHILDREN | ASPERGER SYNDROME | PARENTING
Contents:
Poem for Dannie|Commendations|Dannie's thoughts|Synopsis|The shopping trip|The right shoes
Summary: "'Dannie's Dilemmas' is a series of books designed to show the difficulties that children with Aspergers syndrome face on a daily basis. These books are an interactive way for readers to get involved with 'Dannie's Dilemmas.' The reader has the ability to choose the way the stories end. This makes them unique in their own way. Dannie is an eleven year old Aspergers child, she is smart, friendly and very helpful, but due to the Aspergers she finds it difficult to assess situations, work out what people think and really mean, make daily choices and understand emotions and sayings. Like most Aspergers children Dannie does find herself in trouble quite a few times for taking people literally, especially with idioms. 'Dannie's Dilemmas' tries to explain as many idioms as possible. Seeing life through Dannie's eyes shows us all how emotionally difficult it is for Aspergers children to understand the world that we take for granted every day." - PUBLISHER'S WEBSITE
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"'Dannie's Dilemmas' is a series of books designed to show the difficulties that children with Aspergers syndrome face on a daily basis. These books are an interactive way for readers to get involved with 'Dannie's Dilemmas.' The reader has the ability to choose the way the stories end. This makes them unique in their own way. Dannie is an eleven year old Aspergers child, she is smart, friendly and very helpful, but due to the Aspergers she finds it difficult to assess situations, work out what people think and really mean, make daily choices and understand emotions and sayings. Like most Aspergers children Dannie does find herself in trouble quite a few times for taking people literally, especially with idioms. 'Dannie's Dilemmas' tries to explain as many idioms as possible. Seeing life through Dannie's eyes shows us all how emotionally difficult it is for Aspergers children to understand the world that we take for granted every day." - PUBLISHER'S WEBSITE

Poem for Dannie|Commendations|Dannie's thoughts|Synopsis|The shopping trip|The right shoes

Patron comment on 01/12/2020

Useful to give a bit of insight and easy to read but I had hoped for more. The continuous change in perspective (first to third person and back) is somewhat confusing and while Dannie's mum knows about her daughter's ASD she does not seem to have much understanding or appreciation for Dannie's struggles and challenges and tells her off or gets exasperated by standard ASD behaviour. The description of Dannie is also in parts overly stereotypical, probably to drive home a point, at times slipping out of the role (by using metaphors herself). E.g. Dannie misunderstands every idiom she comes across by taking it literal; the way she is described (grasp of language, independence skills, etc.) she would probably have learned at some point that idioms and figures of speech exist and would be aware that she has problems 'getting them'.

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