This book is wonderfully upbeat & teaches the 'child' that he is made up of a lot of different stripes - and that just ONE of those is autism. It isn't WHO the child is - it doesn't define them. Autism is just part of the overall wonderful package that makes the child the child. Filled with love & understanding. My 11 yr old even appreciated the story and its meaning. This is a wonderful book that leaves the reader quite happy with just who they are - no matter what each stripe represents.