Born during the sunrise--an auspicious beginning--the Azumas’ newborn son is named Hikaru, which means “light”. But during one play date, his mother notices that her son is slightly different from the other children. In the alternately heartwarming and bittersweet tale, a young mother tries to cope with both the overwhelming discovery of her child’s autism and the trials of raising him while keeping her family together. This is a story that resonates not only for those whose families have been affected by autism, but also for all past, present, and future parents.
To new mother Sachiko Azuma, her baby boy is the light of her life. Accordingly, she names him Hikaru, Japanese for "to be bright." Eager to raise her son, Sachiko gradually begins to notice that Hikaru seems a bit different from the other children. He is reluctant to be held or hugged, and his growth and development appear slow. Sachiko's suspicions are confirmed when it is suggested that Hikari, at a year-and-a-half, may be deaf. A specialist, however, reaches a different diagnosis: autism.
With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child is a simultaneously poignant and heartwarming story of a young mother attempting to cope with an increasingly common affliction. Originally published in Japan under the title Hikari To Tomoni, With the Light has been universally recognized for its sensitive portrayal of autism, winning an Excellence Prize for manga at the eighth annual Japan Media Arts Festival. The story also went on to be adapted as a television drama, which won Best Drama, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Newcomer awards at the forty-first Television Drama Academy Awards in Japan in 2004.This edition marks the first time With the Light has been made available to English-speaking audiences.
Collects and translates volumes 1 & 2 of Hikari To Tomoni.