Rules Book Report

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Rules Book Report

SettingCatherine lives in Maine, USA.on a rainy day,the first day of summer vacation in Catherine's house.Catherine and David are going to the clinic with their mother.But David says let's go to the video store but he doesn't even move one inch.

AuthorCynthia Lord is the mother of two children, one of whom has autism. A family that includes a child with severe special needs has unique dynamics, and she wanted to both explore and celebrate that difference. She also wrote Touch Blue, Hot Rod Hampster, and Happy Birthday Hampster.

Summary Twelve year- old Catherine is both protective and embarrassed by her younger brother David, who is autistic. Catherine is often left to watch over David and she feels neglected by her parents. In order to prepare her brother for life, Catherine creates a list of rules for him to follow. Some of the rules are very basic, but others reveal Catherine’s anxieties. When Kristy moves in next door, Catherine is excited to make a new friend and anxious about how she will react to David. Catherine is also uncomfortable about her growing friendship with 14 year- old Jason, who is paraplegic. Jason uses a word- book to communicate and Catherine enjoys making new word cards for him. However when Jason invites her to the community center dance, Catherine refuses because she has a rule about not dancing. Jason makes her realize that many of her rules are excuses. Catherine learns to let go of her embarrassment and joins Jason at the dance.

Rules for David1. Chew with your mouth closed.2. Say"thank you" when someone gives you a present (even if you don't like it).3. If someone says "hi", you say "hi" back.4. When you want to get out of answering someone, distract the questioner with another question.5. Not everything in life has to be useful.6. If the bathroom door is locked, knock (especially if Catherine has a friend over).7. Sometimes people laugh when they like you. But sometimes they laugh to hurt you.8. No toys in the fishtank.

Rules by Cynthia Lord

Main CharactersThe two major characters in the center of the story are 12 year old Catherine and heryounger brother David. Catherine loves to sketch with her colored pencils. She seems tobe able to pullout her sketchpad anytime anyplace and start from scratch. Her sketchpadis also where she keeps her very important list of rules. The rules she keeps are for herand for David. Catherine has an interest in the local antique store, and she is a veryorganized person. She seems to have sticky note reminders everywhere. The best rulethat describes her is; “You gotta work with what you’ve got.”David has autism and attends occupational therapy at the clinic on Tuesdays andThursdays. His first love is the video store and his others are the circus, fair, and beach.He can not tolerate loud noises, and the noise that sets him off the most is the squealingof his sister’s guinea pigs. Also, David doesn’t do well when his dad is late getting homefrom work. He especially appreciates Catherine’s caring and her rules. The rule thatdescribes David the best is “Late doesn’t mean you are not coming”.



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