A Very Special Sister by Dorothy Hoffman Levi

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This new-sibling picture story has a different twist, helping the hearing-impaired child realize his value and accomplishments. The story will teach children that people who have a disability are really the same inside, with the dreams and fears of other children. -- Christian Library Journal

A Very Special Sister tells the story of Laura, who is deaf, and her delight when she learns that she soon will have a new sister or brother.

At first, Laura shares her excitement with her friend Frannie and her other schoolmates, telling them that she hopes that her mother has a baby girl because girls are nicer. But when they suggest that perhaps her mother might love a hearing child more, Laura becomes very sad.

Soon, Laura's mother asks her why she is so sad. When Laura replies, her mother gives a tender answer, perfect for Laura and all the children reading about her who also might be afraid of being displaced by a new sibling.

 

About Dorothy Hoffman Levi

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Published September 1, 1992 by Kendall Green. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books. Fiction

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From a press best known for its illustrated books on American Sign Language comes an interesting--and valuable--twist on the arrival-of-a-new-sibling theme. A companion to A Very Special Friend , the

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Finally she confides her fears to her mother, who supportively reminds her daughter that she hears her Mom's voice ``in her heart.'' Ultimately Laura is happy with her twin siblings because they can hear her ``when she spoke and when she signed.'' Though Levi's tale may strike some as saccharine,...

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