SynopsisFor Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises—some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter.
But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet.
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Mom set the box on the kitchen table.
“Is it sleeping?” Bat asked, his voice a whisper.
“Probably,” Mom said. “Babies sleep most of the time.”
“What is it?” Janie asked.
“Bat, do you want to open the lid?”
Bat didn’t answer. He was too excited. Very carefully, he lifted the lid of the box and peered inside. Janie stood behind him, breathing on his ear.
“You’re breathing on my ear,” Bat said.
Janie ignored him. “It’s just a bunch of rags,” she said.
Mom walked around to the far side of the round table and reached into the box. She scooped up the pile of material and sat down. “Look.”
Bat watched as Mom shifted the towel in her arms. A nose peeked out—a tiny pink nose—and then two slanted-closed eyes, a forehead covered in downy fuzz, little ears still curled tight against its head.
Janie began, “Is that a—”
“It’s a kit,” Bat said, enchanted by the tiny creature, wanting so badly to hold it. “A baby skunk.”
This was one of the sweetest children's books I have ever read. I think everyone will appreciate this story. You learn about skunks, but also you can learn what a child with autism has to deal with on a regular basis. The descriptions were well thought out and easy for a child to understand. I think every child should read this book, and will understand autistic children better and want to become their friends!
I also loved the illustrations, they were simple but were a perfect addition to the story. I found nothing in this book offensive, and it is perfect for children aged 6-10, but really everyone should read it for sure! I can't wait to read more by Elana K. Arnold! I give A Boy Called BAT 5 stars!
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