#9 Neil and the Dolphin Adventure: A story about kindness and empathy (Neil’s Life and Adventures Book 1) by Isabel Orellana
Description of the book:
Neil and the Dolphin Adventure is a story about a young boy that during a trip to the beach with his family gets to save a dolphin’s life. Neil’s life and adventures is a book series that teaches kindness and empathy while giving the young reader the opportunity to enjoy an adventure story with lots of colorful illustrations and easy to read text.3 lessons about Neil’s Life and Adventures:Kindness – treat others the way you want to be treatedEmpathy – put yourself in the other person’s shoesDiversity – we are all different and that is okNeil loves to swim, read, paint, climb trees and play with his friends. He goes to mainstream primary school where he has his closest friends. Neil is non verbal and uses a talker to communicate. Growing up Neil’s biggest wish was to let others know his thoughts and his dreams. He had so many things that he wanted to share but he just couldn’t. He didn’t have a way to express his thoughts. One day, the parents got Neil a talker. Neil was very excited that he would be able to express his thoughts and share his ideas with his family and friends. Since this is like learning a new language for Neil, his parents and sister helped him by modeling. Modelling means using the talker to say things while also using your voice. Modeling is fun! Neil’s sister models while they play and read books together. Neil’s mum models every day when she helps Neil get ready for school and in the evening when telling Neil a good night story. Neil’s father models while going to the park together on weekends. Soon everyone around Neil was modelling and helping him learn this new language. Neil picked up on the new language over time and started commenting when people around him were talking. Neil is very grateful for being able to say what he wants, when he wants and how he wants to say it. He has so many thoughts and ideas he wants to share. A part of the proceeds of this book will be donated to the Angelman Syndrome Foundation.