How Are You, Verity? by Meghan Wilson Duff

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As do many children, the titular character in How Are You, Verity? by Meghan Wilson Duff (Magination Press, August 2023) does not properly understand social cues in response to the common “how are you” question. With the help of older brother John, the child learns the polite ways to respond.

After talking with John, Verity watches how others respond to the question in order to better understand how one is expected to respond politely. The brother also explains that sometimes it is okay to answer that question honestly.

End matter explains to parents and caregivers how to help other individuals with neurodiversity understand similar social rules, making this a helpful book for guiding children in social settings. The colorful illustrations and helpful message compensate for the somewhat uninteresting story frame.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance review copy of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Reviewed on July 11, 2023

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

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