Blue Bottle Mystery: An Asperger Adventure Paperback – Dec 6 2000
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Gr 3-5-Nothing seems to be going right for Ben. Sometimes he has trouble understanding what his teachers are saying, and they get frustrated and yell at him. And because he sometimes acts strangely, he only has one friend, Andy. The boys are in a miserable mood, digging in the dirt in the schoolyard, when they unearth a mysterious blue bottle. Imagining that it belongs to a genie, they leap into a barrage of wishes and, gradually, their wishes begin to come true. Ben and his father win the lottery, while Andy begins a furious growth spurt that enables him to join the basketball team. Even Ben's behavior problems are eased when he is diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, a kind of autism, and he and his family learn how to deal with his condition. Only the mystery of Ben and Andy's forgotten third wish remains, and that resolves itself in a most gratifying way. Blue Bottle Mystery is a simple and straightforward story with appealing characters. It's a gentle introduction to the challenges and unique qualities of people living with Asperger's and a welcome read for families who have experienced it and similar conditions.
Heather Dieffenbach, Lexington Public Library, KY
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exciting enough to keep you turning the pages and so well written that it helps you understand what it feels like to have Asperger Syndrome like Ben. -- The Word Pool Imagine trying to find your way in foreign country where the signposts are jumbled; or not being able to talk, use your hands or facial gestures; or hearing 10 radio programmes at once and not being able to tune in to any of them. This is how a person with Asperger Syndrome feels. Blue Bottle Mystery is a delightful children's story that includes a character who suffers from this affliction and has to cope with it in order to solve a mystery. Intended to explain the Asperger condition to young sufferers and their friends, the book is non-threatening and makes learning fun. It should achieve its objective and maybe also make adults more aware of the problems the sufferers have to face. -- Sunshine Coast Sunday Blue Bottle Mystery is a whimsical tale with a punch. Not only does it educate about the effects of Asperger Syndrome, it tells a sweet tale to boot. Ben and Andy both struggle with their conditions at the beginning of the book. With the help of the blue bottle, they are able to overcome their problems. But they also learn something along the way. -- Midwest Book Review Blue Bottle Mystery is a simple and straightforward story with appealing characters. It's a gentle introduction to the challenges and unique qualities of people living with Asperger and a welcome read for families who have experienced it and similar conditions. -- Heather Dieffenbach, Lexington Public Library Blue Bottle Mystery is a children's story, which addresses the misunderstandings that arise from behaviours exhibited by a child with Asperger Syndrome...Throughout the adventure, the reader is offered an enlightening and entertaining insight into the mind of a child with this disorder. BBM is an educational adventure, ideal for a sibling who may be experiencing difficulty understanding and accommodating the behaviour of a brother or sister with Asperger Syndrome. It would also be suitable for a child who has Asperger Syndrome and who is seeking support and/or a better understanding of their condition. Although targeted at a reader of about eight or nine years, the language is simple and light enough to be understood by a younger child and the plot offers the depth to entertain a reader of any age. This book would be a valuable addition to the bookshelves of all families, schools and health professionals, who live, play and/or work with a child with Asperger Syndrome. At the end of the book is also a very useful list of organisations and contacts for further information. -- The Australian Health Consumer Kathy Hoopman is a primary school teacher who has been involved with children with Asperger Syndrome for many years. It is a wonderful book for your children to read, or for you to read together, and to talk about what it must be like to see the world in this particular way. -- www.family2000.org.uk Written with fascinating intrigue, a real adventure, this book brings us smack in the middle of the world of autism and Asperger syndrome. You understand from an insider's point of view without any technical terms to complicate the situation. The aim of this book was to give good advice and support as well as a complete explanation on what Autism and Asperger Syndrome entail. All this while reading a charming story. Fun to read and exciting until you finish it. -- De Stem van de Ouders (translated from Dutch) This is described by the author, Kathy Hoopmann, as an "Asperger Adventure". It is certainly an out-of-the-ordinary story with its hero, Ben an autistic schoolboy, who discovers a blue bottle which seems to make his wishes come true. Life in school is a problem for Ben who is always at odds with his teachers. Eventually, however, he is diagnosed as having Asperger Syndrome and his family and friends begin to understand his behaviour. Blue Bottle Mystery is an absorbing adventure story with the added advantage that it allows children with Asperger Syndrome to read about their disability. It will assist parents and teachers to obtain some insight into this condition. It is also valuable as a teaching tool to stress the individuality of all children of all abilities. The author's love for children is apparent in her treatment of the central character and the book is highly suitable as a non-theatening bed time story. Enjoyable and absorbing, it is intended for readers in the 8-12 years age group and is printed in large easily accessible print, clearly set out in 94 pages as a paperback. -- Disability TimesSee all Product Description
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But things had been gradually better since Miss Sue Browning-Lever saved Ben who Troy and Scott bullied. Then she became mellower and no longer ornery. I would have been perplexed if I had been Ben or Andy. However, they came to trust each other and after Ben's diagnosis with AS he found his life easier and more relaxing.
Certainly, most parents with challenged kids tend to be devastated when they heard their kids are impaired. But in the long run, the earlier they recognize their kids' disabilities, the earlier they may know how to cope with them. And this will encourage people with impairments to strengthen their pros and be more self-confident! And Ben was no exception. In this respect, I highly recommend you to read Asperger Syndrome, the Universe and Everything written by Kenneth Hall and Parenting a Child with Asperger Syndrome - 200 Tips and Strategies written by Brenda Boyd, Kenneth's Mom, as well.
Ben is a delightful character and his description of the ongoing challenges he has with Asperger's Syndrome is a welcome voice for many. Asperger's Syndrome (AS) is a neurological condition that is on the same spectrum as autism. Ben's undefined differences that impede social development were due to AS; Ben gives excellent descriptions of AS and the challenges and yet, the bonuses it has to offer.
This is a must read for everyone. Hats off to this book!
I'm here now to buy the sequel! I would recommend this book to children, parents, teachers, and professionals. Each child is different, so I'd recommend that parents read it first and try to imagine how their child would like it (and not just how they felt when reading it).
Ben Jones is the main character of the book. He has difficulty understanding what teachers mean, why they are always cross with him and why kids at school tease, taunt and bully him.
Iï¿½m not going to give away all the details here because this book is a treasure you must read for yourself.
The book starts at school. Ben is having a difficult day with his teacher, Ms. Browning-Lever. The fact that his teacher doesnï¿½t (nor seem to want to) understand Benï¿½s behavior, is upsetting and the effect on Ben is devastating. The events in that school room and on the playground that day truly upset me and had me in tears because my son went through similar experiences. (Ms. Hoopman knows what she's talking about here, obviously. And she tells it well.)...
This is an absolutely delightful, warm, insightful book that shows kids with Aspergerï¿½s that they are NOT weird, theyï¿½re unique and wonderful. And that if ï¿½the powers that beï¿½ at school would only educate themselves on Aspergerï¿½s Syndrome, these childrenï¿½s lives could be changed forever, as will theirs, the educators. Through our AS children, they will open themselves up to a new way of seeing things. They will find in these children a warmth, a delightful sense of humor and intelligence that theyï¿½ve likely not seen before. Our AS children are not rude. They are honest and to-the-point with no desire to hurt anyone. They just want things they donï¿½t understand to be explained to them.Read more ›
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It really was a good book about an Asperger's adventure and a boy with AS. I'm a 9 yo boy who just got diagnosised with AS, and it was fun to read about a boy with Aspergers.Published on Sept. 23 2003
We finished this book tonight, and my 8-year-old son with Asperger's immediately asked me if we could get the sequel. You bet!
Wish the publisher would do a U.S. Read more
Hi I am a 12 year old boy with aspergers syndrome my therapist gave me this book to read when I had trouble or was being silly in school today I finished reading this book it... Read morePublished on Dec 13 2002
I also decided to read this book before giving it to my son, and I'm glad that I didn't give it to him. Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2002 by Kindle Customer
Though a fiction work, the "hero" has Asperger Syndrome and is trying to deal with the world around him. Read morePublished on Sept. 27 2001 by D Harrison
Fortunately, I previewed this book before reading to my Asperger's Syndrome sons. It is not written in a way that they would understand, nor would I want them to. Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2001 by Bruner
Kathy Hoopmann is an Australian from Queensland, who has a child with Asperger Syndrome. She is also an elementary school teacher. Read morePublished on June 9 2001 by Midwest Book Review
We were disappointed, my husband and I both read the book but do not think it would be a good book for our 11 year old (recently diagnosised) with Aspergers Syndrome. Read morePublished on May 19 2001
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