Customer Reviews for

Elana's Ears, or How I Became the Best Big Sister in the World

Average Rating 5
( 5 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 5 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 1
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2000


    This story, deceptive in it's simplicity, is sure to become an instant classic and not just in the children's category. I bought it as a gift and love it so that I have decided to add it to my own library and re-buy another copy. G. Lowell is a new, welcome voice to the art of story telling and the author's evident gifts will be greatly appreciated by readers of many generations. Amazing.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2000

    Outstanding children's book

    This is a terrific and touching children's book about a little girl with a hearing impairment, told through the voice of the family dog. The author has a wry sense of humor that will appeal to adults. Especially good for kids dealing with the issue of a new sibling, or for kids with or exposed to the issue of disabilities. You'll love reading it to your kids.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2000


    I had the unique opportunity to read this book in it's pre-printed form and was very impressed. The book goes into detail how a family deals with learning of their child's disability - hearing loss and how it effects the entire family and their living conditions. The book makes you realize what you have in life and that it should be cherished.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2000

    An excellent learning tool for children!

    wow! What a strong story. It is a serious topic, yet it is dished out very sweetly. As an elementary school teacher I know that I will be able to use this in my classroom. I teach reading to grades kindergarten through 5th grade. There is something here for each grade. In the younger child the story may seem to be the story of a doggy and it's owners but as the children grow older the story reveals itself to be much, much more. There are so many lessons here. Sharing, caring, growing, observing, loving, family. It shows the complexity of having many opposite feelings simultaneously. The author shows a clear sensitivity toward children and their emotions. She also manages to speak to their intellects. The story deals with a 'disability' in a straight foward factual manner. She doesn't fluff over difficult information but just tells it like it is. Children appreciate and need this kind of honesty. I look forward to more literature from this new author! I highly recommend this book.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2000

    No 'family' should be without it!

    'Elana's Ears or How I Became the Best Big Sister in the World' manages to do it all! A story that is ... so moving, it touches your heart ... so imaginative (as told through the narration of the family dog), it makes you laugh ... and so perceptive in both the areas of hearing disabilities and multi-sibling families, it makes you think and learn. With just one stroke of her pen Gloria Roth Lowell has produced a piece that 'hits home' for an array of an audience. Her true story is brought to life by the illustrations of Karen Stormer Brooks which project the emotions of the issue at hand from the page. Whether you are a parent who is looking to expand your 'family,' a 'family' that has been effected by a member's own disability, a pet owner that treats your animal as 'family,' or just a person who enjoys reading entertaining and triumphant tales of 'family' ... this is the book for you!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 5 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 1