Me, Hailey

Me, Hailey

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by Sheri Plucker, Todd Fargo
     
 

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"… See more details below

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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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Children's Literature
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780944727492
Publisher:
Jason & Nordic Publishers
Publication date:
11/10/2005
Series:
Turtle Books
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,392,982
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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