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Children's LiteratureReaders follow Denzel, born deaf into a hearing family, from infancy to adulthood. Denzel experiences what many deaf/hard-of-hearing children experience from a father who cannot accept his hearing loss, to being teased for his incoherent speech to learning to cope in both Deaf and hearing environments. After each chapter, emotions, cultural behavior, different aspects of deafness, modes of communication, causes of deafness, etc. are explained. The fictional story grabs the reader's attention. The explanations clarify. Each chapter highlights a famous deaf person from Helen Keller to Marlee Matlin. This book is part of the "Youth with Special Needs" series and is useful for deaf students and their friends and parents. It provides the educational and emotional side of what it is like to be deaf. Hearing parents of deaf children would also benefit from reading this book to gain a better understanding of what their children are experiencing and the options open to them. 2004, Mason Crest Publishers Inc, Ages 11 up.
—Janet L. Rose