Book Review of Hi, It’s Me! I Have ADHD!
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The Children’s Book Review
Written by Katelyn Mabry
Illustrated by Charles J. Friedel
Ages 4-7 | 28 Pages
Publisher: Purple Butterfly Press | ISBN-13: 9781955119313
What to Expect: ADHD, positivity, emotional awareness
ADHD is a diagnosis that stands for “attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,” but maybe “disorder” is the wrong word. After all, ADHD is about being creative, adventurous, thoughtful, focused, determined, and so many other wonderful things. Sometimes, having ADHD can lead to what some people see as problems: being untidy, fidgety, or intensely emotional. However, if you can learn to see your unique ADHD personality as a gift, these things are not problems at all—they are the route to intelligence, empathy, and innovation. So, if you are feeling jittery, frustrated, too full of energy, or dreamy, know you are not a problem, and you are not alone!
A diagnosis of ADHD can be challenging for children, their families, and caregivers, as the unique personalities that emerge from ADHD often result in hard-to-manage behaviors. Written in soothing rhyming text from the perspective of an ADHD child, Hi, It’s Me! reminds readers that ADHD can be as much about exploration, creativity, and celebration as about control and management. By describing and depicting the behaviors and underlying emotions common to ADHD children, the book is instructive (for non-ADHD readers) and validating (for ADHD readers), offering empowerment through greater understanding and acceptance of this condition. Friedel’s zany watercolor illustrations burst with movement and fun, echoing the text’s atmosphere of celebration. A set of tips for children and parents at the end of the book provides valuable tools to help further change a diagnosis into a gift.
Overall, Hi, It’s Me! I Have ADHD is a powerful reminder that ADHD is not something you are—it’s something you have and can do what you want with.
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About the Author
Katelyn Mabry was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 10. It left her feeling very alone and different. She struggled with reading as a child, which ignited the desire to become a Reading Specialist, to face her weakness head-on and turn it into her strength. She wrote this book and her brother drew the illustrations, based on her personal experiences. She hopes the story touches the hearts of many children so that they will never feel alone.
Katelyn was a Certified Early Childhood/Special Education Teacher for 7 years before choosing to stay home to invest in her own children. She continues to use her masters as a Reading Specialist to tutor children of all ages, with a variety of needs. Her dream is to become an ADHD life coach. Katelyn has a passion for working with children, instilling in their hearts the love of reading, learning, and growing.
For more information, visit https://www.katelynmabry.com/.
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