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Moonbird Hardcover – 3 Aug 2006
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A wonderfully original, imaginative fantasy about deafness.
Moonchild was blowing bubbles. Big, pearly moon bubbles they were, floating off into outer space. Some burst upon the spikes of stars. Some floated all the way to earth and burst wherever they landed. A Moonchild blows a bubble that pops on an Earth baby and surrounds him in silence. His parents, a King and Queen, are devastated when they realize that their baby cannot hear or speak. But a Moonbird teaches the little prince how to use his hands and eyes to communicate. This is a beautifully written story, sumptuously illustrated by Jane Ray.See all Product description
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The story is very sweet and the illustrations are beautiful. Importantly for me this is a normal children's book with an imaginative story that just happens to involve a child who is deaf, this means any child can read and enjoy it deaf or hearing.
"I am thrilled to bits! I don't feel left out. It sounds like we are equally important"
"We only know of two books with deaf characters. It would be nice to have lots of books!"
Catherine, Nadeem and Pierre who are deaf.
This book is in a list of early years picture books that feature disabled characters. The list was produced by UK disability charity Scope's In the Picture campaign, which encourages publishers, illustrators and writers to include disabled children in their books.
It was quite tricky for the younger children to understand the message, but with discussion, role play, creative writing and art, inspired by the amazing illustrations by Jane Ray, the children have all taken away an important message. There should be more children's books which feature children with disabilities.