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Read the International Bestseller. This is a deeply moving, truly one-of-a-kind story of a family willing to go to the ends of the earth to help their son's autism, and of a boy learning to connect with the world for the first time.
Website Designed by A Films Release. It is the tale of a family's journey to Mongolia with their five-year-old son who has autism. The family travels to the northern remote areas and lives with the nomads and herders away from the cities.
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I loved the descriptions of the nomad way of life, and that they were so accepting of a child with autism. Rowan loved baby animals and the people did not mind when he grabbed a baby goat and climbed into one of their beds with it.
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During the trip, Rowan developed improved language and behavior. He also had a magical connection with horses. This is a great book and everyone who is interested in autism, animals or different cultures should read it. Isaacson records heartening improvement in Rowan's firestormlike tantrums and incontinence, as he taps into an ancient, valuable form of spirit healing.
It is a book of endless amazements. The world of Mongolian shamans, the details of adventuresome travel, the mysterious world of autism--all are all amazing.
Soon, you realize that the world of horses is mysterious, too--and, yes, amazing. By the time you are in the grip of this book, you'll see love, marriage, and parenthood as a realm of magic, profound power, and further amazements.
The Horse Boy can change the way you see your life, and it's a terrifically good read at the same time. It feels like a classic. But he wouldn't want it any other way.
While the author's purpose was to draw Rowan out of his autism, he came to realize the overlooked gifts it entails. The Horse Boy will leave readers with a new appreciation for autism and the healing techniques of other cultures; like Rowan, they, too, will be changed forever.
Book Page " The Horse Boy is a must read for anyone with an interest in children with autism. It is one of those rare books on autism that is interesting, well written and keeps you turning the pages to learn more… I can't put it down, and it has been about three years since I have honestly been able to say that about any book.
It is honest, bold, touching and radical It suggests that autistics may be gifted in some way, and not in need of a total cure, just a re-patterning of their most socially unacceptable behavior. It suggests something like a miracle, but a miracle wrought of extreme effort and great love. Will Rowan's outbursts dissipate?
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Will they find the shamans of the Dukha? Will Kristin forgive Rupert for dragging them on his meshuga idea of a family vacation? Rooting for Rowan through all this -- a "brave little sausage" who leaves no Mongolian baby animal unsnuggled -- makes " The Horse Boy " an unexpected page turner.
I've never read one remotely like this. Easy to figure out why: The stakes seem higher here not just personal salvation but the future of a child.
You may not have to deal with autism. But the moral of the story is universal.
When you're confronted with a problem that blights your life, don't just accept it. Do something. If it fails, do something else. And never, never, never give up. We are thrilled to be working with Rupert and Little, Brown to help raise awareness of autism through this family's story, and we hope it will inspire other families to find their own children's unique paths to happiness.
Candid and warm, Isaacson's narration feels like an epic tale told by an old friend. Website Designed by. A Films Release.