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

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Lacey's luxurious life as an "only dog" changes the day Mom and Dad bring home a new baby. While Lacey goes through all of the confusion and upset that any child feels when presented with a new sister or brother, she eventually starts to like having baby Elana around, and even tries to teach her a favorite hobby: barking. But when Elana takes no notice of all the noise, Lacey realizes that Elana can't hear. First, she helps Mom and Dad figure it out, then she vows to become "Elana's ears"-and the best big sister ...
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Overview

Lacey's luxurious life as an "only dog" changes the day Mom and Dad bring home a new baby. While Lacey goes through all of the confusion and upset that any child feels when presented with a new sister or brother, she eventually starts to like having baby Elana around, and even tries to teach her a favorite hobby: barking. But when Elana takes no notice of all the noise, Lacey realizes that Elana can't hear. First, she helps Mom and Dad figure it out, then she vows to become "Elana's ears"-and the best big sister in the world. With wry canine commentary, Lacey offers children a refreshingly honest and funny glimpse at parents, new babies, and growing toddlers.

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.

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The story of a baby with a hearing loss is told through the perspective of the "big sister dog." The dog experiences feelings of jealousy when the baby arrives, and then sadness and guilt as the hearing loss of the new baby is detected. The normal feelings associated by the sibling of a child with a hearing loss are depicted throughout the story. The author includes a section to help parents consider the feelings of siblings and help meet their needs, too. The illustrations are fun and enjoyable. 2000, Magination Press, $8.95. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: S. Latson SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557987020
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 696,178
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.03 (w) x 9.99 (h) x 0.19 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2000

    A UNIVERSAL STORY THAT TOUCHED MY HEART

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2000

    Brilliant

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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