7) Children’s Literature


Moses goes to school

        Moses goes to a special school, a public school for the deaf. He and all of his classmates are deaf or hard-of-hearing, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a lot to say to each other! They communicate in American Sign Language (ASL), using visual signs and facial expressions. I like the book because the author Isaac Millman follows Moses through a school day, telling the story in pictures and written English, and in ASL, introducing hearing children to the signs for some of the key words and ideas. At the end is a favorite song — “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” — in sign!

Moses goes to the concert

          Moses and his school friends are deaf, but like most children, they have a lot to say. They communicate in American Sign Language, using visual signs and facial expressions. This is called signing. And even though they can’t hear, they can enjoy many activities through their other senses. Today, Moses and his classmates are going to a concert. Their teacher, Mr. Samuels, has two surprises in store for them, to make this particular concert a special event. I like the book because you can learn sign language, too.

Be good to Eddie Lee

        Mama has always told Christy to be good to Eddie Lee because he was “different”. But did that mean she had to let him follow her around all summer? This sensitive portrayal of a young Down’s Syndrome child shows young readers the joy of unconditional friendship. This book is decorated with full-color illustrations.

Brian’s bird

         It’s Brian’s eighth birthday and his family bought him a parakeet. He’s named it Scratchy, because that’s what it feels like when the bird sits on his finger. Brian has been blind since he was four. Even though he can’t see Scratchy, he can play with him and teach him to talk. One day, Brian’s absent-minded brother leaves the front door open, and Scratchy flies outside. Will Brian be able to get him back?

The Hangashore

        Trouble begins in a small Newfoundland fishing outport when a new magistrate arrives from England. A pompous and arrogant man, he expects deference without doing anything to earn it. The magistrate’s attitude is contrasted sharply with that of John, a young man with Down’s Syndrome, who measures people by their behaviour, not reputation. It takes a near tragedy at sea to show the magistrate who holds the better set of values.


Susan Laughs

         This is a book for peers. “That is Susan / through and through – just like me, just like you”. Finally, in the story, we can tell that Susan is a girl sitting on the wheelchair but she is not different from us.

Mama Zooms

          This is a book for children whose family member is different. From a child’s point of view, it tells that Mama is a really common Mama. Sometimes she needs help but most of the time she can play with her child on the wheelchair.

Martin on the Moon

         This is a book for teachers. Martin cannot concentrate on one thing. He is always out of his mind in class but his teacher invites him to state his idea, instead of blaming him.


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