For over a year, I have been collecting children’s books about Autism. Some books have been added to our family library. Other books were donated to my son’s classroom. All of them have been wonderfully unique – similar to the Autistic children that each book represents.
I am incredibly excited to share with you all one of the latest books added to our home collection. Author Kira Parris-Moore was inspired by her son’s passion for cooking when she wrote Trey, the Chef. As the Creator of Books2Inspire, LLC., Kira Parris-Moore aims to “increase awareness of various developmental disabilities and mental health disorders” by showcasing children’s books “that recognize resiliency in children and their ability to overcome life’s challenges”. Indeed, Trey, the Chef, the first book featured on Books2Inspire.com, will help inspire many to widen their views about Autism.
Trey, the Chef is a fictional story that depicts the real possibilities for all children who have proper support and motivation. Kira Parris-Moore imagines her son as a renowned chef who uses his creativity and attention to details to communicate to the world. When the story introduces common tasks that are difficult for Trey, Kira Parris-Moore announces that Trey has AUTISM with a visual style that depicts a true celebration for EVERYTHING that he is! Although the story makes mention of them, Trey, the Chef is definitely not defined by his challenges. Kira Parris-Moore sends to me a clear message about allowing our children to pave their own beautiful path to success while utilizing their strengths versus dwelling on adversity.
Cooking Like Chef Trey
I was ecstatic to purchase Trey, the Chef for many reasons. However, a bonus to owning this book are the included recipes. Both recipes, salmon croquettes and elephant ears, were easy to follow and delicious. We enjoyed the versatility of the salmon croquettes; we ate them plain and with ketchup and/or bread. I do not eat much fish but I was happy to have these, and look forward to my sons making them regularly! I think our croquettes (pictured below) turned out pretty good for our first try!
We had our elephant ears with cinnamon-sugar, and the first few moments of eating were composed of many satisfying mmms. Needless to say, I have some new food items to add to the “keep in-stock” list!
Trey, the Chef is a delightful book that I believe has a place in all children’s lives. It can help inspire Autistic children to express themselves in what ever language works for them. It can also teach other children that being different should be celebrated, and that everyone has special gifts. The benefits of this book goes beyond its cover to connect people through better understanding and good food.
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