Me, Hailey

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A girl with glasses dashes to the front of the classroom on her first day of school and yells, "Me, Hailey!" Hailey shares her smile, enthusiasm, and personality with her new friends throughout the day - but can't keep track of her glasses. Soon, the classmates realize that Hailey may look, act, and learn differently, but she's special just like them. "Me, Hailey" opens the door for important questions children may have about Down syndrome.
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A girl with glasses dashes to the front of the classroom on her first day of school and yells, "Me, Hailey!" Hailey shares her smile, enthusiasm, and personality with her new friends throughout the day - but can't keep track of her glasses. Soon, the classmates realize that Hailey may look, act, and learn differently, but she's special just like them. "Me, Hailey" opens the door for important questions children may have about Down syndrome.
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Hailey enters school with enthusiasm plus. She can count, she can identify boys and girls, use simple signs, and most of all, loves to tell others, "Me, Hailey!" This book utilizes a typical kindergarten routine and classroom while showing how Hailey, a girl with Downs syndrome, fits in. The comfortable setting makes it easy for readers and listeners to understand that they can learn from and also help someone who has special needs. The author's first-hand knowledge (Hailey is her daughter) is apparent. In addition, she has successfully added humor to the pages, with a recurring search for eye glasses that Hailey misplaces. Soft, realistic watercolor illustrations depict the classroom setting and enhance the total layout of the book. Teachers in preschools and primary grades would do well to use this book to help children learn about diversity, whether or not a special needs child is enrolled in class. 2005, Jason and Nordic Publishers, and Ages 4 to 8.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Me, Hailey reminds us that quiet dramas of courage and hope surround us daily. Author Sheri Plucker bases this story on her own daughter's experiences with kindergarten. Hailey has Down syndrome but that doesn't deter her from eagerly joining the class, demonstrating her sign-language skills or showing compassion to others. The children take their cue from the teacher, who praises Hailey, accepts her differences and explains to the class that Hailey may "learn a little slower [and] may need some of you to be her helpers." Plucker infuses humor into this tender story with a treasure-hunt motif: Hailey is constantly losing her glasses and her friends help find them in some unusual places. Illustrator Todd Fargo captures the dynamics of a kindergarten class and vibrantly depicts the children's many small acts of kindness. Publisher Turtle Books is an important force in disability literature for children.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780944727492
  • Publisher: Jason & Nordic Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/10/2005
  • Series: Turtle Books
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2006

    A Peek into the World of Down Syndrome

    This book does an outstanding job of showing the delightful nature of a small girl with Down syndrome as she meets other children on the first day of kindergarten. Her classmates discover that they can help and learn from her as they appreciate Hailey's differences. This book will charm those of us privileged to know a Down syndrome person, and educate those who may be put off by differences in a child with this condition. Ms. Plucker writes with understanding, wisdom and, best of all, a delightful sense of humor about this likeable child in 'Me Hailey.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2006

    Great book

    The important book by Sheri Plucker entitled, 'Me, Hailey!' is the best one I have ever encountered on the subject of children understanding and accepting a Down syndrome child. As a retired teacher of thirty years experience teaching Kindergarten and Second Grade, I know how important it is for books like this one to be conversation starters in the classroom. Sheri Plucker answers many questions children may have in her book yet keeps an interesting storyline moving right along. We are all indebted to Mrs. Plucker for sharing her passion for special children with us. This book is a 'must need' for every elementary library!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2005

    Great Book!

    Through this book children might be more sensitive to the needs of special children with Down syndrome. It also helps them notice the little things they can do to help others. It is a great book to read to young children. Highly recommended

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2005

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BOOK FOR KIDS &ADULTS

    I READ THE BOOK TO MY CHILDREN SO THEY COULD UNDERSTAND ABOUT KIDS WITH DOWN SYNDROME. IT WAS A VERY INFORMATIONAL BOOK WHICH I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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