Friday, July 27, 2012

Let's hear it for Almigal!!

Almigal?  Whose that?  Well let me tell you.

As a soon to be (Already am) father to 2 deaf children from China this book resonated with me. 
In our culture today we see things such as hearing aids, deafness, etc.. as a 'defect'.  We never stop to think how it must be to be a child growing up in a culture where no one ever looks like them.

The writer of Let's Hear it for Almigal want's to see that change.  Her daughter is Almigal.  Her daughter needed a Cochlear Implant.  So she wanted to write a story for her.

This story reminds us that everyone is unique and that is perfectly fine to be that way! 

Here is what the publisher, JKS Communications, had to say about this title:

This fun and original picture book introduces Almigal, a spunky little girl with hearing loss who is now determined to hear every single sound in the universe thanks to her new cotton candy pink cochlear implants. These sounds include a baby's funny giggle, the robin's chirps outside the window, the soft song played during ballet class, and especially her best friend Chloe's teeny-tiny voice. But most of all, Almigal wants to hear her parents whisper to her when they tuck her into bed every night. Almigal's spirit will have both children and parents alike rooting for her, while the story delivers a positive message about accepting and celebrating differences.

I hope you pick this one up for your children and teach them about others who may be different then them.  To think about what they are going through before calling them strange.

Thanks Almigal for helping us all understand that our uniqueness make us who we are!

Thanks to JKS Communications for this free book to review.

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