[ Pdf Rules õ video-games PDF ] by Cynthia Lord Ô Rules, by author Cynthia Lord, is a touching look at the life of a young girl, Catherine, who s coping with the conflicting emotions of living with her autistic brother, David And I was coping with the conflicting emotions of annoyance and boredom of reading this book Catherine, a normal 12 year old girl, has a huge role and responsibility in the care taking of her autistic brother, David Catherine must balance the love and the responsibility she feels for David with the embarrassment and resentment that comes along with having a family member with autism To help David, Catherine has written a set of Rules that he must follow in order to help him keep his anxiety under control, and to keep him in check in social situations At one of David s therapy sessions Catherine meets a non speaking boy in a wheelchair named Jason, and takes a sympathetic liking to him She helps Jason build a vocabulary of index cards with words that he can point to and help him express his thoughts But when Jason asks Catherine to a summer dance she is torn between showing him friendship, or embarrassing herself in front of her new friend, Kris Catherine is faced with a moral decision between what type of person she wants to be And honestly, I didn t care much by the end of the story.
Rules has some great and touching moments and does a pretty good job at showing the conflict siblings must feel having a family member with a disability At first the story took on the feel of an overly dramatic teenage brat who wanted everyone to feel sorry for her But as I kept reading I decided it was an honest look at what people actually go through But Lord s annoying style of writing in 1st person present tense and her propensity of inventing not so clever overly hyphenated but extremely distracting adjectives really got on my nerves I think this book has merit, but it is going to be put on my almost good but somehow manages to bore the crap out of me shelf.
Rules , by Cynthia Lord, is told from the perspective of Catherine, the 12 year old sister of David, an autistic 8 year old Catherine, at 12, is dealing with finding a place in a family that seems to be centered around coping with David s needs for comfort and development Catherine s mom is divided between managing a home business leaving Catherine to care for David and providing David the care and developmental therapy he needs Catherine s dad seems to be mostly coping with his own difficulty with accepting the parenting cards he s been dealt and possibly with his own austistic like tendencies Neither parent, though they both clearly love Catherine, appears to have the emotional resources to cope with any of Catherine s issues In a sense, she is expected not to have any and to participate in a semi adult capacity in therapeutic care for David Meanwhile, Catherine is confronting her own, normal, 12 year old girl issues how far should she go against her own needs and wishes to go along with her friends, who should her friends be, how to cope with mean kids, what to do with her summer when her best friend is away What I really like about this novel is that the characters are allowed to be complex Though Catherine s parents are, in a way, neglectful of her needs, they aren t portrayed as bad parents so much as people coping as well as they can with a difficult situation and making some mistakes in doing so For example, there are a number of times in the novel where David is waiting for his father to come home from work and take him on an outing David expects his father at five and becomes very distressed when he isn t home by five Catherine notes that while she can understand that her father is characteristically late, David can t Reading this, I couldn t help but wonder, though Catherine didn t, wouldn t one think her father could be expected to control his tendency to be late in this instance rather than repeatedly distress his son and force his daughter to cope with this distress on a regular basis Why is it that Catherine can understand how difficult it is for David to cope with his father s lateness, but her father can t Another good example is in Catherine s new neighbor, Kristie, a girl Catherine would like to be friends with, but whom she immediately senses will be much cooler than she is Kristie, it turns out, isn t a mean girl, and it s clear she s dealing with her own issues, but she probably isn t going to be real friend material for Catherine I also liked Catherine s relationship with Jason, a wheel chair bound boy about her own age She is attracted to him, but isn t sure she wants to take on relationships complicated by disability Jason, though unable to communicate without the use of written cards and symbols, manages to be a pretty real adolescent He isn t perfect he sulks and can be manipulative Still, the reader can see why Catherine might find him compelling If there is anything that seems unrealistic about the book, it is that Catherine is, maybe, too understanding She pretty much accepts that her parents aren t able to be there for her emotionally as much as she might like them to be and is, for the most part, willing to accept what they can offer She accepts her disappointment that new neighbor is probably not going to be a good fit for her as a friend without hating her She is able to accept that a friendship with Jason is going to be complicated Most of all, she loves her brother with all of his limitations, while understanding that if she could turn him into a normal boy, she would Rules is actually a pretty upbeat book In general, Catherine seems secure and confident in her ability to handle problems Although she is coping with a number of issues, she clearly loves her family, has friends she cares about, and interests and talents outside the scope of caring for worrying about her brother and is absolutely free of self pity This would probably be a great book for young adolescents coping with family issues I highly recommend it This review is also posted at.
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comYou can always tell when you re reading a book that has a basis in truth With Rules, author Cynthia Lord writes about what it s like to live with autism, and she should know, since she has an autistic child That ring of truth is there, in every word, when you read the story of twelve year old Catherine and her autistic younger brother, David.
David hates loud noises If there s a cloud in the sky, he has to take his red umbrella with him If his dad says he ll be home at five o clock, David starts going crazy at five oh one He likes to rewind his movie of Thomas the Tank Engine to his favorite part, over and over and over again His favorite place to visit is the video store, where he ll even lay on the floor to read the back of the movie box a stranger is holding in his hand And he knows all the words to Arnold Lobel s FROG AND TOAD For Catherine, though, it s a much different story She hates the way people stare at her brother, or even worse, refuse to look at him at all She s jealous of the time David gets to spend, one on one, with their pharmacist father She hates David s Rules, the strict adherence to which he is obsessed with them, and yet she makes new Rules for him every time she thinks of something else he needs to know Catherine copes by drawing, and one day she decides to draw the boy in the wheelchair who is in the waiting room with her at Occupational Therapy David goes there once a week to work with a therapist, and so does the boy who doesn t speak but instead uses a book of word cards to communicate When Catherine offers to make Jason, the boy in the wheelchair, some new cards with pictures, an unlikely friendship is born Catherine is also excited about Kristi, her new next door neighbor, but soon finds out that friendship is a complicated matter How do you protect a brother that often annoys you How can you be friends with the beautiful girl next door and yet be ashamed to admit your friend Jason doesn t talk and is in a wheelchair How do you make your father understand that you matter, too How do you tell your mother that even though David needs his own words, Frog and Toad is a special communication between a brother and sister that love each other Rules isn t just a book about autism, but rather a look into the complexities of a family relationship An excellent read for anyone who has ever had to deal with someone who is just a little bit different than everyone else.
So, I ve owned this book for than a year but never gotten around to reading it When I saw it had been challenged, I figured I d read it to try to understand why.
Here s why Rules got challenged some people are effing crazy This is a beautifully written, touching story about a family that happens to include an autistic kid Catherine, the 12 year old protagonist, is portrayed realistically, with a pitch perfect kid s voice She grows through the story, coming to better accept the differences in the people around her The parents are loving but flawed in realistic ways.
Every school library should have a copy of Rules and encourage kids to read it It would be tragic if a misguided challenge anywhere limited kids access to this inclusive, uplifting novel.
I love when teachers make you read books that you can t choose to read I guess that its good for kids who don t read at all But hate to break it to you, this booksucked.
If they re trying to get kids to read, you just made it sure they won t read another word except pizza or video games.
I can not believe I am wasting my precious time on this book Go and read it See what I mean Out of all the fabulous books like Harry Potter or Hunger Games they had to pick a book about a girl who can t stand her autistic little brother Big deal What about action packed books about wizards fighting dark sorceries Or corrupt dictators putting 24 tributes in the wilderness and only one can come out We learn from those books, not from ones that talk about a girl that likes drawing with her stupid colored pencils when her brother is at the clinic The only thing I got from this horrible, pointless rusty tin can of a book is that public education is going downhill.
5 rounded upIt s difficult having a brother with autism, and sometimes 12 year old Catherine wants out Oops I did it againI let books mess with my heartGot lost in the gameOh baby babyI love the characters in this story Victoria Croteau28 September 2016B3Although the assignment due was to write a feminist book review, the book I read had really nothing to do with feminism at all In Rules by Cynthia Lord, the main focus is on the main character, Catherine, and how she gets through simple day to day tasks with her autistic brother, David, by her side In the beginning, Catherine explains how her brother does not understand a lot of things that may come naturally to most For example, David s father always tells him that he will be home by five, David takes this quite literally When his father does not show up exactly on time, he begins to cry and throw a tantrum Catherine has to explain to her brother, Late doesn t mean not coming Lord, 39 Throughout the book, Catherine is teaching her brother new Rules and reminding him of old ones When a new neighbor and potential friend, Kristi, moves in next door Catherine becomes even consistent with making sure the Rules are followed, hoping that her brother will not embarrass her David goes to therapy once a week and while waiting for him she meets a new friend, Jason, and they soon become very close Jason cannot speak and uses cards to communicate with people Since Catherine is good at art, Jason s mother asks her to make and decorate him some new cards Jason shows his appreciation for the cards by saying, Thank you Catherine New Words Lord, 74 With David, Jason, and even Kristi getting close to her, she learns many lessons from them and becomes a little comfortable with the thought of autism and its effects I really enjoyed this book overall, especially since I have an autistic brother so I could definitely relate to Catherine at some points Other times I kind of felt as if she overreacted to the situation Taking into consideration that I also have an autistic brother, I kept thinking about what I would have done differently if it were me with my brother For example, when Catherine went over to invite the new neighbors to a barbecue and David shrieked when he saw a bee, she quickly said to the neighbor, Oh, look at the time, sorry, gotta go Lord, 63 Even at the age of 12, I still knew how to react to a situation like this, especially growing up where little things like that happened all the time The story captured how a person would react if they had just met the autistic person, but Catherine had known her brother almost her entire life Maybe this would have been different if Catherine was a boy because boys seem to have that carefree attitude when it comes to stuff like that With all that being said, I still believe that the book had a good representation of autism as a whole and had some pretty good scenarios in it I would recommend reading this book if you would like to learn about autism or even just as a fun, quick read.
Ashley CookMcLaughlinWomen s Lit HonorsSeptember 28, 2016 As if trying to figure out who you are is not hard enough at the age of twelve, main character Catherine, is trying to create who her brother is Protagonist of Rules by Cynthia Lord, struggles with anxiety and the fear of what others may think about her because of her autistic brother, David As a way to shield the realities behind this struggle, Catherine creates Rules for her brother to memorize and follow The authors purpose is to inform readers about the actuality of the living with a disability or living with someone that has a disability There are valid and key points throughout the story that connect to the third wave of feminism Although this book is not solely about feminism it does support many concepts of it Lord does a phenomenal job at creating a simplistic, yet meaningful story The story line is like no other, Lord links her ideas of feminism to special needs Equality between genders is not the main focus of this novel, but equality between people with disabilities and people without is Catherine feels as if it is her duty to make sure her brother is looked at no differently than anyone else This mindset forces her to take on the responsibility of David She feels as if her parents do not do a good enough job at protecting her family s reputation Catherine spends a lot of her time planning and stressing over how to make David a regular person, where he will fit into the general public better and be accepted by the community It is heart wrenching when Catherine says Sometimes people don t answer you because they didn t hear you Other times it s because they don t want to hear you 124 , because this shows the struggles people with disabilities face with on a daily basis relating to acceptance It is upsetting to think about the fact that not everyone is accepted for who they are It is especially upsetting to think about David s own sister wishing him as a different person This becomes emotionally evident when Catherine says Sometimes I wish someone would invent a pill so David d wake up one morning without autism 8 This is very eye opening about some of the issues in today s society Lord presents the issues in affective ways by adding characters in an unconventional manner By adding characters in a whole new way, Lord is able to add types of characters that are not usually popular within our cultural views of literature The layout and style in which this story is written is important in means of understanding each abstract idea from the main character better Some may argue that the reader is not given enough informational incite about how the other characters are feeling, but the author s intentions are strictly to show Catherine s point of view It may just be a coincidence that Lord decided to add Leaving out isn t the same as lying 81 , or it may be referring to her thoughts on her formatting techniques No matter why it is included, it is still included and that proves a reasonable point and reinforces Lord s method Overall, this book is for everyone to read It may be written at a seemingly younger level, but the meaning behind the story is intense in value This story gives insight to what our standards should be in terms of morals and ethics The narrative may not necessarily be a feminist piece, but it does embrace concepts of feminism like equality It is crucial for a better social environment to help assist maintain spreading this information encouraged by Cynthia Lord.
Twelve Year Old Catherine Just Wants A Normal Life Which Is Near Impossible When You Have A Brother With Autism And A Family That Revolves Around His Disability She S Spent Years Trying To Teach David The Rules From A Peach Is Not A Funny Looking Apple To Keep Your Pants On In Public In Order To Stop His Embarrassing Behaviors But The Summer Catherine Meets Jason, A Paraplegic Boy, And Kristi, The Next Door Friend She S Always Wished For, It S Her Own Shocking Behavior That Turns Everything Upside Down And Forces Her To Ask What Is Normal