The Flight of a Dove
Farrar Straus Giroux
Betsy is a child trapped inside her own body. Her autism keeps her isolated and alone, a world apart from even her mother. After hearing about a school for children with developmental disabilities, Betsy's mother enrolls her with high hopes. But once there, Betsy cries uncontrollably and refuses all attempts to comfort her. She sits with her eyes shut tight and her fists clenched. The head teacher believes that animals sometimes help children overcome problems, so she tries to engage Betsy with the many pets in residence at the school. Betsy shows no interest in any of them -- until the day one special bird manages to catch her attention.
Disability and Health; Developmental Disability; autism; autism spectrum disorder; child with a developmental disability
mother and father
Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award, 2006, Considered Title, Autism
affection; seasons; flowers; gray; dove; animals; isolation; comfort
Day, Alexandra, "The Flight of a Dove" (2004). Diverse Families. 2059.