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Following Ezra

What One Father Learned About Gumby, Otters, Autism, and Love From His Extraordinary Son
Fields-Meyer, Thomas (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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"A heartwarming and hopeful memoir of a father's experience raising his autistic son. When his son Ezra was diagnosed with autism, Tom Fields-Meyer knew little about parenting and even less about neurological disorders. This intimate memoir chronicles his remarkable experiences of learning and growth from the time Ezra was diagnosed at age three to his bar mitzvah at thirteen. In that time, Ezra evolves from a remote, peculiar toddler to an extraordinary young man, not 'cured,' but connected--in his own unique way--to the world around him"-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Fields-Meyer, Thomas
Title: Following Ezra
what one father learned about Gumby, otters, autism, and love from his extraordinary son
Publisher: New York : New American Library, c2011
Characteristics: xii, 241 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Tom Fields-Meyer
Summary: "A heartwarming and hopeful memoir of a father's experience raising his autistic son. When his son Ezra was diagnosed with autism, Tom Fields-Meyer knew little about parenting and even less about neurological disorders. This intimate memoir chronicles his remarkable experiences of learning and growth from the time Ezra was diagnosed at age three to his bar mitzvah at thirteen. In that time, Ezra evolves from a remote, peculiar toddler to an extraordinary young man, not 'cured,' but connected--in his own unique way--to the world around him"-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 0451234634
9780451234636
Branch Call Number: 616.858820092 F462f 2011
Subject Headings: Parents of autistic children Autistic youth Biography Fields-Meyer, Ezra Mental health Autistic people United States Biography Fields-Meyer, Thomas
Topical Term: Parents of autistic children
Autistic youth
Autistic people
LCCN: 2011014572
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When his son Ezra was diagnosed with autism, Tom Fields-Meyer knew little about parenting and even less about neurological disorders. This intimate memoir chronicles his experiences of learning and growth from the time Ezra was diagnosed at age three to his bar mitzvah at thirteen.


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May 29, 2013
  • tuesdayswithlori rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this book a while ago and was so moved that I bought a copy for myself and for my in-laws and for my parents. I have an autistic son who is so much like this author's boy that I really wept at his bar mitzvah scene. What hope! I also really connected with the author since I have done the same thing with my son, followed him and really watched. It is a beautiful thing. I think this book really helped my parents and in-laws to better understand their grandson. It is a great book.

Oct 17, 2012
  • Tenessa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I found this book to be an heart felt story of a father's love for his son. It was well written and had many tender stories as well as a rare glimpse into the mind of a special child that sees the world so differently from most of us. I felt touched to read a story with so much love and humanity in it. It offers hope to all children with special needs that they can get along in the world alright, if there are people to guide them along the way.

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