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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
It's Me, Henry!
by Stephanie Deslauriers
Age Range: 6-8
Leucanthemum vulgare. If you heard those words on their own, would you know that they mean daisy? Maybe not—it’s not common knowledge! But the main character Henry in It’s Me, Henry! knows. In fact, he has a gift of knowing everything about plants, including all of their scientific names. Henry’s hyper fixation on plants, while originally rejected by his peers, becomes useful when taking a school trip to The Botanical Garden. His peers gain a lot of new knowledge due to Henry being in his element.
It’s Me, Henry!, originally written in French by Canadian author Stéphanie Deslauriers and then translated into English by Geneviève Després, does not use the terms ‘neurodivergent’ or ‘autism spectrum disorder’ when describing what makes Henry who he is. Thus, if readers of Henry’s story see that he is sensitive to textures, doesn’t like his food touching, prefers being alone, has trouble reading social cues, and has a special interest, perhaps they have had similar experiences, and they would appreciate feeling represented in this book—finally without any labels attached.
Every spread fits a colour scheme, determined by illustrator Geneviève Després. When Henry is in the school counsellor’s office, the pervading colour is pink, and whimsical students’ artwork hangs on the wall. When he enters The Botanical Garden, the pervading colour is gold, and he excitedly runs through the welcoming open gate. Every illustration is a joy to look at while learning how Henry will get his friends just as excited as he is about plants. And to finally learn the meaning of Leucanthemum vulgare!
Catherine Hurwitz (June22)