I Have a Sister, My Sister Is Deafby Jeanne Whitehouse Peterson, Deborah Kogan Ray (Illustrator)
1979 Coretta Scott King Award
A young deaf child who loves to run and jump and play is affectionately described by her older sister. ‘Can give young children an understanding of the fact that deaf children . . . share all the interests of children with normal hearing.' 'C. ‘A friendly, affirmative look [at the everyday experiences of the two sisters].' 'BL.
1979 Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book
A Reading Rainbow Selection
Children's Books of 1977 (Library of Congress)
Meet the Author
Jeanne Whitehouse Peterson writes stories and poems for young people that reflect a deep interest in family, community, language, and culture. Her previous picture books include My Mama Sings, Sometimes I Dream Horses, and the Reading Rainbow book I Have a Sister -- My Sister is Deaf, which has been in print for more than twenty-five years. She lives with her husband, David Kammer, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Deborah Kogan Ray has illustrated many books for children. She lives in Philadelphia, PA.
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I've read this book aloud to children ranging from 2nd to 5th grade, and with most of the classes it has stirred wonderful discussions. The book reads aloud beautifully, and encourages the children to think about what it would be like to be deaf. Some of them have 'full deaf' family members, and they shared their experiences in communicating with them. We often stopped during the reading to practice saying silently 'pajamas' and 'bananas,' to experiment with conveying emotions with our faces, and meaning with our eyes. The author writes about her sister, 'She is special. There are not many sisters like mine.' Well, there are not many books like this one. The writing would also make an excellent model for children to follow in writing about a family member or friend.
This is a lovely book to help children and adults become more aware of issues related to deafness. It really makes the point that a Deaf individual can do anything except hear. I highly recommend this book.
I was disappointed. The book seems to focus on what the Deaf sister can not do, rather than what she can do. Still, it may serve to open discussion with small children.