When Chris was a baby, his parents realized that he didn't notice the dog barking or a door slamming. Through a series of tests, doctors determined that he was deaf. In this intriguing, reassuring boo
"Does a rainbow make a noise?" a deaf child asks a hearing friend. "No," he is told. "Some things don't need a noise. A rainbow is just the same for you and me."
When Chris was a baby, his parents realized that he didn't notice the dog barking or a door slamming. Through a series of tests, doctors determined that he was deaf. In this intriguing, reassuring book, Chris tells young readers about what it is like to be deaf and describes typical events in his life and the ways he has adjusted to his hearing loss. With the assistance of hearing aids, Chris is able to hear vibrations, loud noises, and some other sounds. With sign language, speech therapy, and an interpreter, Chris' days are much like those of hearing children, filled with classes, soccer games, and children's theater.
Accompanied by Simmonds' vivid and energetic multimedia paintings, Heelan's text explores the world of a real child and answers the questions many children may have about hearing loss.
"...a rather interesting effect... accurate.. and the format is appealing."
-School Library Journal
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Jamee Riggio Heelan holds a BS in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas. She is the coordinator of the Children's Amputee Program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Her work is dedicated to treating children and educating others about childhood disabilities. She lives in Illinois.
Nicola Simmonds holds a BA Honors in Visual Communications from the University of Brighton. She has been involved in the design and production of children's books for the past decade, both in England and the United States. She lives in Georgia.