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Let’s Hear It For Almigal (Book) Review

 
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Kids will love the colorful illustrations and appealing lead character.

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Let’s Hear It For Almigal approaches the ideas of hearing loss, hearing aids, and cochlear implants in the perfect way to engage young kids. From the spunky title character to lighthearted explanations of day to day life with hearing loss, it’s a book that is both easy to understand and hard to put down for kids of all auditory abilities – and it’s already an instant favorite in our house.

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Posted May 29, 2013 by

 
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Author Wendy Kupfer brings a tale of a spunky little girl that kids can instantly relate to.

Hearing loss is actually a fairly common birth defect, but kids who can’t hear very well or wear hearing aids are just like every other kid – they are feisty and hyper and don’t always behave perfectly, but they want to be able to do everything the other kids can do. Let’s Hear It For Almigal tells a story of a little girl named Almigal (based on Kupfer’s daughter Ali).

Almigal loves her friends, and loves her school, and she even loves her pink hearing aids – but she really wishes she could hear better. Everything from baby giggles to beautiful music to the whispers of a quiet friend makes her feel as if she is missing out on something that her other friends take for granted. And so, when cochlear implants are offered as an option, she jumps at the chance to hear better (in cotton candy pink, of course).

For kids who suffer from hearing loss, whether they are facing cochlear implant surgery or not, Let’s Hear It For Almigal is a great book that features a normal little girl they can relate to. If your child (or someone they are close to) is considering cochlear implants, this book is ideal in that it walks through the basics of the process from going for surgery to keeping them dry to keeping them out of the dog’s mouth all in simple and unthreatening terms that kids can understand.

Even if your child has normal hearing and no friends or family suffer from hearing loss, Let’s Hear It For Almigal is a pretty great book to have around. For one thing, Almigal is an adorable, typically spunky little girl that kids easily relate to. Both of my daughters (ages four and six) loved the book instantly for both the colorful illustrations and the appealing characters. And for them, it approaches the idea of kids with hearing loss as a normal, everyday thing, and hearing aids as just another cool accessory that happen to be very helpful to their owners. For parents who want to teach diversity, having all kinds of kids in the books you read is the perfect way to make disabilities and differences something they accept rather than fear or reject. Even better, 5% of the proceeds will go to benefit deaf children.

Let’s Hear It For Almigal approaches the ideas of hearing loss, hearing aids, and cochlear implants in the perfect way to engage young kids. From the spunky title character to lighthearted explanations of day to day life with hearing loss, it’s a book that is both easy to understand and hard to put down for kids of all auditory abilities – and it’s already an instant favorite in our house.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)