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Kaleidoscope Picture Book

This post is a personal promotion, I thought it was about time I promoted Kaleidoscope, especially given that it came out in 2021.

I didn’t promote it for several reasons, but mostly because I’d taken on too much. I just didn’t have the time to focus on it as well as everything else. Also my publisher had went bankrupt three weeks after it was released. That meant that I lost a lot of money because of it. Plus by that time I had committed to working on behalf of the community, and I wasn’t going back on my word.

So to the book...

Kaleidoscope was designed around an autistic person’s visual sense. This will differ slightly from person to person, however more balanced imagery seems to contain fewer visual triggers.

This means that Kaleidoscope is unique.

It’s been created to take into account an autistic person’s visual perception and acuity with the hope that it could help keep bedtime routines more settled and a more comfortable experience. When it was published I applied for an international world record for “The first autism friendly traditional picture book”. It is still being considered, so in all this time there hasn’t been a single book found like Kaleidoscope. (If there had been the world record application would have been rejected). I’m really hoping that I will hear about the world record later this year.

I wrote this book for my daughter. At the time my ability to read and write was about the same as a primary school child. It took me 3 years to learn to read and write properly and 10 years in total to publish.

I had read it to Megan for years when she asked, “Dad can I have a proper book with pictures and everything”. That is when the decision to get the story published started.

So Kaleidoscope is deeply personal, it was written for my daughter but it’s more than that. It was published on my Dad’s birthday, includes my daughter’s date of birth (hidden in an image) and at the beginning of the book is a note to my mother-in-law. She passed away as a result of having motor neurone disease (MND/ALS). The acknowledgement page “To Duck Duck” was a heartfelt message to her.

Kaleidoscope is like me, its a little bit different but compassionate and kind. It’s the story of how a lost bear cub finds his way home.

The price for Kaleidoscope is £10 plus postage (please message me or email with your country for the postage cost and I will check and get back to you), and we can post outside of the UK. Payment can be made via my wife’s PayPal account.

I asked my daughter once why she wanted me to give her a published copy.

She said...

“It always made me smile and go to bed feeling good, I wanted other kids to get to have that too”.

Megan Fraser aged 10

Image description: A "Fraser" bear, with a butterfly brooch on its nose. Four pictures make up the image, showing the covers and a couple of pages from Kaleidoscope. The images show Ray (the bear cub), Hope (the main butterfly from the story) and a kaleidoscope of butterflies in flight.

All my best and love

Ross Fraser

An autistic and dyslexic author

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Looking back at the last few years, creating Kaleidoscope was a turning point for me. I was motivated by the child I had not met yet. I wanted to write her a bedtime story, but to do that meant actually relearning how to read and write. It's strange to think that a story about a lost bear cub helped me to find myself.

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