Sunday, October 23, 2011
Following Ezra: What One Father Learned About Gumby, Otters, Autism, and Love From His Extraordinary Son is Fields-Meyer’s celebration of his son’s differences. Although he doesn’t sugarcoat the difficulties of parenting an autistic child (the tantrums, the obsessions, the repetitive speech, the no-holds-barred comments), he always attempts to see these behaviors through Ezra’s unique view of the world. As Fields-Meyer learns, it’s as if Ezra has all of the individual frames of a movie in his head, but they never quite come together to form the same movie that the rest of us see. And it’s obvious that Ezra is highly intelligent with an amazing memory. His parents’ job is to help Ezra find the tools to navigate in the “real” world -- but through the way that he perceives it.
Following Ezra is a remarkable and inspirational story about parenting, autism, learning, family, and more. This book follows Ezra up through his bar mitzvah at age 13, where readers share in celebrating the amazing journey that Ezra and his family have taken since Ezra’s birth. Parents of autistic children will be inspired to embrace their unique offspring, while others will gain greater understanding of what it means to be autistic. This book -- and Ezra -- will touch your heart.