My Friend Is Deaf
From the Series All Kinds of Friends
In My Friend Is Deaf, beginning readers are introduced to different characters who are deaf, how deafness may affect their actions, and how we can be good friends to people who are deaf. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they discover how to be empathetic and include all kinds of friends.
A diagram shows the American Sign Language alphabet, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about being a good friend online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. My Friend Is Deaf also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.
My Friend Is Deaf is part of Jump!’s All Kinds of Friends series.
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 3|
|Category||Beginning Readers, New!|
|Number of Pages||24|
Booklist (Julia Smith)
The All Kinds of Friends series (6 titles) does an excellent job of educating readers about differently abled individuals while presenting them as perfectly normal. This book, aimed at beginning readers, showcases how deaf children can communicate (through sign language and speech therapy) and tools or skills they might use to understand others (lip reading, television captions, hearing aids). Simply laid out spreads depict common scenarios, like children watching TV or drawing together, through large color photos and short, descriptive sentences. The illustrations blend diversity with shared experiences, making for a positive portrayal of Deafness, which is further supported by the text’s upbeat tone. For instance, a hearing child learns a sign from a Deaf friend, which is declared “Neat!” An ASL alphabet chart concludes this affirming title. —Julia Smith