The One and Only Sam: A Story Explaining Idioms for Children with Asperger Syndrome and Other Communication Difficulties ISBN: 9781849050401
Spencer, Bob and Stalker, Aileen
Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2009
In the context of a story, Sam learns about idioms and how to work out their meanings. He finds confusing such phrases as 'bend over backwards' and 'full of beans' and his parents find ways of explaining these non-literal expressions to him. For a picture book, the story is quite long (64 pages) and, hence, covers a large number of idioms both in the story itself and in a comprehensive list at the end. In a step by step approach, Sam learns how to work out the meanings for himself, and clear instructions are given to parents and teachers about the best way to approach the task. The author, an occupational therapist, has thought through her system well, and the book should be of real use to parents and in schools. The pictures are helpful contextually. This is an excellent attempt to explain a difficult problem for children who think literally. Available from Amazon, from bookshops, or from the publisher at
Age: 5+