Today I'M Bragging about the wonderful reviews posted on my children's book
This story teaches young children:
I meet a lot of wonderful people with some form of disability in my line of work as a nurse. It always saddens me when I see the difficulties their illness or condition cause and the ridicule and isolation they have to endure. I write fantasy novels, but I decided to publish this book for children about the hardship of hearing loss that is a vital part of good communication .
Sandra’s acceptance of her grandma’s hearing loss and positive attitude to overcoming the difficulties, the young reader is taught a valuable lessons about friendship, support and helping people with a disability to fit into the community. She also teaches tolerance and understanding and that we can always make the best of what seems like a bad situation.
Synopsis: A little girl teaches her family and her friends how to relate to someone who is hearing impaired. This fun picture book carries an important message to children, how to learn not to judge or make fun of anyone just because they’re different. The life of any disabled person is no fun and living with a disability has many challenges, but we can help to make their life easier and not harder. When Grandma Rosa lost her hearing, Sandra’s parents became frustrated and sad. They didn’t know what to do and how to learn to communicate better with her. They tried shouting, changing the tone of their voices or leaning closer to her ear when they talked, to no avail. Rosa could hear some sounds clearly, but certain sounds she couldn’t hear well. It became an everyday struggle for them, and they missed the comforting family conversations at dinner time. “Look, Grandma,” Sandra said to her grandmother one day. “I can show you the letters with my fingers when you can’t hear what I say.” “What do you mean showing it with your fingers?” Grandma Rosa asked. “I found a website for hearing impaired people, and it explains how they can talk to each other without words. There is a sign for every letter and number that they can make with their hands. We can learn the signs together,” Sandra smiled happily. “Oh, I think that’s a wonderful idea, Sandra,” Grandma’s eyes sparkled with excitement. “But it looks a little difficult. Do you think I could learn the signs?” “Of course, you can, Grandma, we can learn them together. And they did. They proved that with compassion, love, and hard work, they can overcome the obstacles of disability together.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Teaching Resource By Sandra Bennett, Australia Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase A delightful story for use at home or in the classroom. Let Erika M. Szabo take you on a learning journey from hearing loss and sadness to acceptance and understanding as you and your kids read this wonderful short chapter book. Sandra and her grandmother are saddened when they discover they can no longer continue their usual after school chats after her grandmother becomes partially deaf. The family is frustrated that grandma can no longer follow conversations which leads Sandra to search for a solution. Eventually she finds a sign language website and together they begin to learn a whole new language. This proves enormous value to Sandra when she meets a hearing impaired boy at the playground. The other kids don't want to play with him because he is different but once Sandra breaks down the barriers through signing the other children accept the new member into the group. This is a story that teaches tolerance and understanding besides how to sign. Classroom teachers would find this enormous value.
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely and very informative book which actually shows how to sign. By Susan Keefe, USA Format: Kindle Edition When Sandra’s much loved Grandma Rose starts to lose her hearing, whilst her parents become increasingly frustrated, and sad, little Sandra has a brilliant idea. You see grandma has problems hearing the right sounds, so she gets the words muddled, and so Sandra shows her grandma a picture of the thing she is talking about on her IPad. Grandma Rose and Sandra make the problem into a game by having fun and using a rhyming game. Then one day Sandra discovers a signing website… Soon grandma and granddaughter are learning how to sign together, and when they notice what fun their daughter is having, her parents even join in. Then one sunny day Sandra meets a little boy called Thomas who is deaf, he is sad and lonely because of his disability. Befriending him, he tells her he can lip read and soon he is no longer lonely, he is joining in with her friends, and teaching the other children how to sign. This is a lovely story which delivers important lessons in a wonderful way. Through Sandra’s acceptance of her grandma’s problem and positive attitude to overcoming the difficulties, the reader is taught valuable lessons about friendship, support and helping people with a disability fit into the community. I downloaded this with my Kindle Unlimited subscription as my grandchildren are hear and their granddad is hard of hearing. They loved listening to it, and we had fun together practicing the signing which is in the book. A real gem of a book!
5.0 out of 5 stars you can always make the best of what seems like a bad situation By JED, USA Format: Kindle Edition This was a fun book that teaches not only that sign language can be an important tool, but that you can always make the best of what seems like a bad situation When Sandra’s grandmother gets sick and loses some of her hearing it seems like the end of their great daily conversations. Then Sandra finds a website that tells the different hand positions for letters in sign language. This leads to a wonderful learning experience that brings the whole family closer together and leads to new friendships. Overall a fun read and a fun learning experience that kids and families should enjoy.
5.0 out of 5 stars5 ☆☆☆☆☆ I see why its on Amazon's top list! By Taabiana, USA Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase What a joyful story. It sent me back to when I was in elementary and had to learn sign language for our graduation ceremony. I loved learning and enjoyed teaching younger children to sign the alphabet when I became an adult. Sandra and her grandmother have a special bond. That bond is jeapordized when grandma's hearing goes bad. Read how one little girl teaches her grandmother, her family, and her friends, how to relate to someone who is hearing impaired. A must read for the young and old. You're never to old to learn as Author Erika Szabo shows us in this bestselling book.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Teaching Tool! By 1DreamReader, Australia Format:Kindle Edition Look I Can Talk With My Fingers is a children’s book with endless teaching opportunities! As a children’s reading specialist I am recommending this book highly. A great teaching tool! This book can be read by children ages 8 on up, as a shared book, or a read-aloud by another. Grandma Rosa loses her hearing and her granddaughter Sandra helps her find a way to overcome her disability by learning to sign. There are colorful images included with the symbols for signing to allow children to actually learn the basics here. The lesson of compassion is dealt with in a most wonderful way. As a teacher I will be sharing this story with my students. We will also enjoy practicing the hand signals and forming the words, which are also provided in the book. Well done author Erika M Szabo!
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