I Have a Sister–My Sister Is Deaf

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Author: Jeanne Whitehouse Peterson

Illustrator: Deborah Kogan Ray

This book is about the beautiful bond between a girl and her deaf sister. The author tells little stories, narrated in the voice of the older sister, about how the deaf sister has learned to adapt to her deafness by reading lips and being expressive with her hands and eyes. Although the deaf sister cannot hear the telephone ringing, she can feel it. Although she cannot hear the howl of the wolf, she takes in all the different movements of the grasses in the field. When her older sister wears a large pair of glasses, the deaf sister takes off the glasses, because a large part of her communication is nonverbal.

This book would be a great resource for any classroom because it shows that deaf people are dignified members of society and should be treated as such by everyone. Even when kids are different than their peers, they have abilities and talents that are unique to themselves. The author mentions how the other kids at school do not understand the deaf sister, and adds that she has to struggle to do the things the other kids can do with ease. By assigning this book in the classroom, students will be exposed to an exceptional student, and will have a greater understanding of the appropriate behavior when interacting with a deaf person.

This book has beautifully simple illustrations that add to the text but do not draw attention from the author’s important message.

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