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How Can an Elephant with Autism Gain Self-Respect? Children’s Book ‘Timothy’ Tackles a Big Challenge!

Star Staff Reports


Timothy, The Shooting Star is the first book in the Savanna Tales series by educator Dr. Christie Elam. Her series will focus on the unique and sometimes challenging behaviors of children with emotional or behavioral disorders.

“I pray that the book will be used as a tool to connect to children who understand Timothy and can learn that they are a unique and special creation, despite their differences,” the author says. The goal is to help kids connect to the book’s characters in a way that will embrace their differences, while celebrating the strengths that make them exceptional individuals.

“This story gives a voice to kids who may have a hard time finding their own. Timothy the Elephant gifts autistic children with a better understanding of themselves and others. It also provides caregivers with a helpful tool in getting to know the precious kids with whom they are sharing the story.” – Naomi, proud mom of a son with autism

Timothy, an elephant with autism, is very uncomfortable around others. Loud noises and social situations make him cringe. The challenges of having autism cause him to shake his trunk back and forth to soothe his anxiety. But all his shaking makes others tease him and laugh. Timothy loves to look up into the sky. One night, a shooting star changes everything for him! See how one elephant discovers his own worth and gains the respect of others.

About the Author: Christie Elam, Ed.D., has served in the public school system for over 16 years. She is currently the president and consultant for Hannah’s Child Educational Consulting, Inc., and is director of the Horizons Program at Tipton Christian Academy. She has a great passion for working with children, especially those needing a little extra support. Dr. Elam is a pastor’s wife. They have two daughters and live in Brighton, Tennessee.

“This meaningful children’s story teaches many lessons to young readers about autism. We are very proud to announce its release,” said Robert Fletcher, CEO of Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Agency.

Timothy, The Shooting Star: A Social Story About Autism (ISBN: 978-1-948260-98-5) is now available for $12.50 and can be ordered through the publisher’s website: or at or

This book is distributed by Ingram Books and other wholesale distributors. Contact your representative with the ISBN for purchase. Wholesale purchase for retailers, universities, libraries, and other organizations is also available through the publisher; please email

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