4 out of 4 stars
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That Place of Knowledge by Philip Alan Shalka is a fiction book written from the perspective of an autism assistance dog named Sabre.
Have you ever wondered what life is like for someone with autism? I have myself because I know a young boy with autism. This book will give you a tiny glimpse into that world. Sabre is a trained assistance dog, specifically intended to help someone with autism. While the book is written by his owner Philip Alan Shalka, That Place of Knowledge is written from Sabre’s point of view.
From the time he was born Sabre knew that he was meant for something, or more importantly, someone special. He couldn’t wait to finish his training so that he could do what he knew he was meant to do. Sabre tells a couple of tales of them going to a hidden location that is a secret city, where they find Aristotle and have conversations with the philosopher. These conversations are quite profound and hold a lot of value as they talk about the big questions of life.
This book is so short, just 28 pages, and left me wanting so much more. I mean that I enjoyed it so much that I didn’t want it to end when it did. The book was so relaxed that I felt like I was right there with Philip, Sabre, and Aristotle having a conversation myself. Not only was it an enjoyable read, but the book also gave you a lot to ponder regarding the topics brought up in their discussions.
The book is well written, an engaging read, and thought-provoking. While you might expect a book with a well-known philosopher to be more technical, it was really quite the opposite. I would never have guessed that the book was written by an autistic, young gentleman who is only 15 years old. I can’t believe how insightful this book is for someone who has just begun their life journey. I hope that he continues to write more books and share his wealth of knowledge with the world because if this first book is any indication of the future work he will bring, I can’t imagine how much more he has to share.
I am rating this book 4 out of 4 stars. A beautiful, insightful, and thoughtful read, how much more can a reader ask for? I am recommending everyone read this book. It won’t take you very long, and it will leave you wanting more, in a good way.
That Place of Knowledge
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