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About the Author:
Gloria Roth Lowell lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter Elana, who was diagnosed as hearing impaired at the age of 22 months. Their dog Lacey really did help her "parents" realize that Elana couldn't hear. Ms. Lowell is a teacher and an active member in national and regional organizations that are devoted to the deaf and hard of hearing and to research and education in hearing loss.
About the Illustrator:
Karen Stormer Brooks is both a graphic artist and an illustrator. Her illustrations have appeared in Highlights, Cricket, and Crayola KIDS magazines, as well as many other publications for children. Elana's Ears is her third picture book. Ms. Brooks lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, two young children, and a pair of cats, and hopes one day to add a dog to the family as well.
Lacey the family dog is jealous of the new baby that her human parents brought home, until she discovers that the baby cannot hear.
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 NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 3, 2000
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 NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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 NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 13, 2000
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 NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 8, 2000
'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 NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.