Let's Hear It for Almigal
Publication Date: May 2012
Categories: Social Issues - Special Needs
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.
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.
“Beautifully illustrated by Tammie Lyon, Let’s Hear it for Almigal should be required reading for children who are hearing impaired. It’s easy to identify with Almigal, a child full of energy, enthusiasm, and mischief. Written in language that is simple to understand for children ages three through eight.” —ForeWord Reviews
“Kupfer—whose own daughter, Ali, was diagnosed with profound hearing loss at 10 months of age—celebrates uniqueness, while the delightful, full-page illustrations show the lively heroine and her friends and family enjoying their differences.” —Kirkus Reviews
“This is a lovely, positive uplifting book that will also hopefully make people more aware of what it is like to be deaf. It is important for people to understand what it is like to be deaf so that they can empathize with deaf people. It also gives those who are deaf an amazing character that they can relate to.” —Children’s Web Magazine