Tacos Anyone? / Alguien Quiere Tacos? (Autism Story Book, 2)


Michael tells us the story of his little brother Thomas. He describes what happens when they try to play together, and some of the things Thomas likes to do (like jump on beds and make screaming noises). By watching what happens at the therapist's office, Michael begins to learn the kinds of things Thomas likes.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Simple presentation and positive, specific discussions will engage kids and their families in talking about autism.

Content Awareness Factors:

There is great value in using this book together with Keisha's Doors, because the children are different. It would be helpful, though, to have additional information about both Keisha and Thomas. For example, Thomas is a sensory seeker, so the activities are more physical. These would not work with Keisha.

Little Kid Reaction

Our daughter could relate to some of the techniques used in the book. She likes being a taco herself. She said the illustration of the boys - with their missing teeth and big eyes - was "disturbing." She is not comfortable reading Spanish and found the dual text distracting.

Parent Reaction

The author has done a fabulous job helping the reader take the story and apply it to their own world. She offers specific behaviors and frames activities in ways that kids can both understand and participate in. Together with Keisha's Doors, the stories show the different elements of autism. Both children have communication issues, but that is not always the case, and some Autistic children are very verbal. I hope the series develops with other children's stories.

Type of Book:
This is the second title in this picture book series helping kids understand autism.
Educational Themes:

This is an exceptional book for introducing autism. It ties specific manifestations to activities and behaviors kids can recognize. It also shows that helping a child is an ongoing process that requires everyone's participation.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read by a 10-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is an excellent book that should be widely shared and will be valuable to all families and teachers, not just those working with an autistic child.

Title Tacos Anyone? / Alguien quiere tacos?

Autism Story, Book 2

Author Marvie Ellis
Publisher Speech Kids Texas Press, Inc. © 2005
Illustrators Jenny Loehr
ISBN 193331902X
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Family, Health & Wellness, Disabilities | Developmental Challenges, Foreign Language | Bilingual, Latin America | Latine People
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