“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, doctors determined that he was deaf. In this intriguing, reassuring book, Chris tells young readers about what it is like to be deaf. 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.
“The material…is accurate and worth repeating, and the format is appealing.”―School Library Journal
“The language and concepts are simple enough for even the youngest students to comprehend, yet also interesting and informative enough for older readers. The illustrations combine photographs with colored pencil drawings and are large enough for read-alouds. Books that present a realistic and sympathetic view of children with disabilities written so that other children can understand them are often hard to find. This title fills that gap nicely.” ―Library Talk
“The original and attractive design as well as the unusual illustrations, which combine photographs and drawings, help make this an appealing book for all ages.” ―Good News Toronto Online
Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities ―IBBY Documentation Centre of Books for Disabled Young People, 2002
Children’s Crown Gallery Award (Nominee) ―National Christian School Association, 2004-2005
Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee, Picture Book) ―Association for Indiana Media Educators, 2005-2006
AR Level: 3.9
F&P: GRL N, Gr 3, Genre RF
Themes: Daily Life, Deafness, School