The Smart Princess: And Other Deaf Tales

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A unique and much-needed collection, The Smart Princess takes readers inside the fantasies, dreams and disappointments of young people who are deaf. This book is written and illustrated by winners of the Ladder Awards, organized by the Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf. In one tale a princess runs away when her intolerant aunt forbids her to sign. Another story looks at the experience of being a deaf child at a hearing school. Two strangers, one giant and one tiny, become friends despite their difficulties in...

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A unique and much-needed collection, The Smart Princess takes readers inside the fantasies, dreams and disappointments of young people who are deaf. This book is written and illustrated by winners of the Ladder Awards, organized by the Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf. In one tale a princess runs away when her intolerant aunt forbids her to sign. Another story looks at the experience of being a deaf child at a hearing school. Two strangers, one giant and one tiny, become friends despite their difficulties in seeing each other. In another, a spaceship lands on a planet of the Deaf, forcing hearing astronauts to reconsider their ways. And in a poetic adventure, an imaginary tiger wreaks havoc.

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Editorial Reviews

Multicultural Review
"A welcome relief from pabulum children's literature that blandly patronizes, paternalizes and pathologizes deaf children. What a celebration of deaf cultural values—deaf pride in the deaf identity, the love of sign language, the importance of going to deaf schools and chatting with deaf friends. These sense-filled stories contain the visual, olfactory and kinesthetic where sight, color, smells and motion abound."
Multicultural Review
"A welcome relief from pabulum childrenís literature that blandly patronizes, paternalizes and pathologizes deaf children. What a celebration of deaf cultural valuesódeaf pride in the deaf identity, the love of sign language, the importance of going to deaf schools and chatting with deaf friends. These sense-filled stories contain the visual, olfactory and kinesthetic where sight, color, smells and motion abound."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781896764900
  • Publisher: Second Story Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Pages: 148
  • Sales rank: 1,448,545
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for TeensReadToo.com

    A product of the Ladder Awards II: Story Swap Program in Canada, THE SMART PRINCESS AND OTHER DEAF TALES is a short book perfect for all ages, and for everyone, regardless of whether they are deaf or not. This is a great book to be used as a read-aloud for young children, or a short enough chapter book for younger or reluctant readers. And, of course, for all of those who are young at heart. <BR/><BR/>THE SMART PRINCESS, written by Dena Ruiter-Koopmans and illustrated by Colleen C. Turner, deals with a young princess who would one day be queen, and how she deals with her Aunt Belle, who refuses to learn sign language to communicate. <BR/><BR/>EARTH 2, written by Nicholas Meloche-Kales and illustrated by Eugeniu Televco, features a group of deaf astronauts, along with their hearing cohorts, who end up on another planet after being sucked through a black hole -- a planet where the people who can hear have special needs, and not the other way around. <BR/><BR/>MY LIFE CHANGED, written by Nicole Marsh and illustrated by Kelly C. Halligan, features a young girl who finds herself teased at school for being deaf, until she begins to attend the Newfoundland School for the Deaf. <BR/><BR/>MY TIGER, written by Keelin Carey and illustrated by Kelly C. Halligan, shows how one girl, although deaf, can use her imagination to discover all types of great new things. <BR/><BR/>BEST FRIENDS, written by Kristina Guevremont and illustrated by Colleen C. Turner, demonstrates that everyone, whether large or small, hearing or deaf, can find ways to work together and communicate. <BR/><BR/>Although only fifty-pages long, this would be a wonderful gift for any child to stress the importance of learning to live with our differences.

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