Mom's Choice Gold Award Winner for Values and Life Lessons
This fun and original picture book introduces Almigal, a spunky little girl with hearing loss who is now determined to hear every single sound in the universe thanks to her new cotton candy pink cochlear implants. These sounds include a baby’s funny giggle, the robin’s chirps outside the window, the soft song played during ballet class, and especially her best friend Chloe’s teeny-tiny voice. But most of all, Almigal wants to hear her parents whisper to her when they tuck her into bed every night. Almigal’s spirit will have both children and parents alike rooting for her, while the story delivers a positive message about accepting and celebrating differences.
|Product dimensions:||11.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 7 Years|
About the Author
Wendy Kupfer is an advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing who has worked closely with Thomas Balkany, MD, former chair of the University of Miami Department of Otolaryngology, and one of the leading cochlear implant surgeons in the country. She lives in Delray Beach, Florida. Tammie Lyon is the award-winning illustrator of the Eloise and Katie Woo series of picture books. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
what a wonderful book and a great subject, one that is not discussed much, if ever. The illustrations are wonderfully fun and reminiscent of the “Fancy Nancy” books Almigal is a happy spitfire of a little girl who just wants to hear, she wants to hear everything! The birds outside, her ballet music, her friends but, most of all she wants to hear her mommy and daddy telling her how much they love her. She has many friends and each one is different and special and when she gets her new cochlear implants she has a lot fun with her two puppies and a certain incident with a swimming pool! This is a great, fun and very informative book and I am glad it is on my Children’s bookshelf
Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite Almigal thinks she is the luckiest girl in the world. Why? Because she has so many friends, and each friend is special because she or he is different. Some of Almigal’s friends are Willie, who wears glasses that make him look smarter, her Spanish friend Isabella, Lucy and Buster, her two furry friends, and the twin friends Chloe and Claire. But Amigal’s very best friend is Penelope because they are so much alike, and they both have a hearing disability and wear hearing aids. And then there were times when Almigal didn’t feel so lucky, like when her mom and dad tucked her in at night and she couldn’t really hear them tell her goodnight and 'I Love You.' During a visit to a special doctor, he decided that special implants called cochlear implants might help Almigal, so she decided, with the help of mom and dad, to try them. And when you read this special book, you will find out just what happens to Almigal when she gets her new Cochlear Implants. Wow, what a wonderful special story for any child! It teaches many valuable lessons, including dealing with disability issues even at a young age. Children can still fit in with other children, even with disabilities. And the story is told in a unique way to delineate Almigal with whom nothing is different. And I love the illustrations. Each picture fits the story so well, and helps reinforce the words on the page. They are so exciting that any child would love looking at the pages of this book and make up their own story! I highly recommend this book for any child, because it is so important for children to know how to deal with children with disabilities and deal with difficult issues every day. Acceptance is dealt with in this book in a very unique and loving way!
When Let's Hear It For Almigal arrived in the mail from JKS Communications, my five year old daughter immediately snatched it up and ran to her bedroom to look at the book. Since I received the book for reviewing purposes, I had to negotiate with Bug (my daughter) in order to have a turn with the book. The end result - I got a turn to read the book, but I had to read it aloud to her. Being as it is a children's book, I think reading it in this manner was best for the review. The Writing of Let's Hear It For Almigal is great for children who are still being read to. (Some of the words are a little too big, and the book itself is a bit too long, in my opinion, for beginning or intermediate readers.) However, the "read to me" age will really enjoy the book. Wendy Kupfer introduces Almigal, a little girl with hearing loss who wears hearing aids in a way that children can easily relate to her. She is shown to be a completely normal little girl well before any mention of her disability is made. Almigal's struggles and mishaps are portrayed in a light and funny way that doesn't make anyone feel sorry for her. I think children will identify with Almigal's ability to get in trouble and the triumphs she makes throughout the book. 5/5 Stars I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that it was the Illustrations* that drew Bug to the book. Tammie Lyon illustrates the Eloise series, and the pictures for Let's Hear It For Almigal are no less engaging. There is one picture in particular that Bug really liked, which showed how say "I love you" in sign language. The book is bright, colorful, and perfect for keeping the attention of an easily distracted child. 5/5 Stars Since my Attention Span is not really an issue, I'm going to base this part on Bug's reaction to the book. She is a very active child who is constantly looking for something to do or trouble to start. However, as soon as I opened the pages of the picture book, she was enraptured. Bug did not move from my side until I finished reading the story. Once we were through with the book, she immediately returned to her regularly programmed shenanigans. 5/5 Stars The Pacing of the story was fairly typical for a children's book. Being as I'm not exactly sure how a children's book should be paced, I'm going to skip rating this portion. The Extra Magic of Let's Hear It For Almigal for me was that my daughter was not asking me why Almigal was different. Usually, if Bug sees someone with a hearing aid, a cane, or who just looks different, she is interrogating me as to why that person is that way. With Almigal, she only saw another happy little girl who had lots of friends, cute puppies, and did not always do what she was supposed to. 5/5 Stars This is easily my favorite children's book that I have read in 2012, and I think it will be a fantastic book for all children - especially little girls. I think it has just enough information to make children more aware of hearing loss in other individuals their own age, but not so much that it bores or scares them. Let's Hear It For Almigal will be a great addition to any library, be it public, classroom, or home. ***To satisfy FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received the book for free through JKS Communications in exchange for an honest review. It has in no way affected the outcome. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.
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