The Printer

The Printer


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“As a boy, my father learned to speak with his hands. As a man, he learned how to turn lead-type letters into words and sentences. My father loved being a printer.”
Each day in 1940s New York a young boy watches as his father goes to work in the noisy newspaper printing factory. But the boy’s father only feels the machines’ loud pounding and rumbling as vibrations through the soles of his shoes. He is deaf. Although his father communicates with a few other deaf printers through his hands, he feels largely ignored by his hearing co-workers. But when a silent deadly fire erupts, it is up to the father to warn and save his coworkers, even when they cannot hear him over the printers.
Myron Uhlberg draws on his own experiences as the hearing son of deaf parents to create this dramatic, evocative story that reflects a respect for deaf culture and the unique gifts each individual possesses. Historical details are deftly rendered and brought to life in Henri Sørenson’s extraordinary paintings that dramatize and illuminate the powerful text.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781561454839
Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company
Publication date: 03/01/2009
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 1,290,200
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: AD640L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Myron Uhlberg is the author of several picture books. A retired businessman, he lives in California.

Henri Sorensen has illustrated over twenty books for children, including The Yellow Star, The Printer, and Christmas in the Trenches. He is also the author-illustrator of two children’s books, New Hope and Your First Step. Sorensen lives in Denmark.

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The Printer 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Jellyn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not bad. The narrator's father is a deaf printer working for a newspaper. When a fire breaks out, he has to warn his coworkers. There's additional information in the back about growing up deaf, ASL, newspaper printing, and how to make a printer's hat out of newspaper.
Riley1878 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a good book about the printing press, and to understand more about deaf people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Uhlberg's 'The Printer,' based on the life and work of his own deaf father, will touch your heart. An underlying theme of the book is the value of communication--of words, whether spoken with the voice or hands or printed in a newspaper. The story opens up a little piece of history of the deaf, and anyone who delves into it will learn how far we've come...and how far we still have to go.