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Second Grader Writes Book For Her Little Brother After He’s Diagnosed With Autism

by Haley Henschel

They say there’s no other love like the love for a brother — an adage beautifully exemplified by the relationship between one Braintree, Massachusetts, girl and her younger sibling.

When Marin MacDonald’s 2-year-old brother, Henry, was diagnosed with autism last fall, the 8-year-old made up her mind to write him a book about dinosaurs — his favorite subject — to bring him comfort. It only made sense: Marin loves writing and drawing, and Henry loves books.

“It was totally her idea,” their mom, Alison MacDonald, told The Patriot Ledger. “She started writing the book and surprised us with it. She showed us eight dinosaurs that she’d drawn and written little things about them.”

Named after Henry’s word for dinosaurs, Ninos Dinos: A Book Dedicated to All Kids With Autism was recently published and made available for sale on Amazon by Henry and Marin’s parents. They’re donating all proceeds to nonprofits that support families affected by the condition, including Autism Speaks and the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation. The MacDonalds have sold 50 copies of the book so far, raising more than $300 and countless awareness.

“The first time you tell somebody, ‘My son’s autistic,’ the first thing they’ll say to you is ‘I’m sorry,’ and it’s like, no, he’s lovely and wonderful and beautiful and brave and funny, but they don’t think that, and it’s tragic,” Ross MacDonald, the children’s dad, told Boston 25 News. “With this beautiful [thing] that my daughter created and wife helped to do, maybe we can at least raise awareness.”

So what does Henry think of his sister’s thoughtful gesture? See for yourself…

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