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The Smart Princess
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BY WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS who are Deaf themselves, this collection of stories for readers under nine provides humorous insights into the lives of Deaf children. In one tale a Princess runs away when her intolerant aunt does not allow her to sign. Another story looks at the experience of a Deaf child at a hearing school. Two strangers, one giant and one tiny, become friends even when they seem so very different from one another in a third illustrated piece. A spaceship lands on a planet where everyone signs and an imaginary tiger plays havoc in two more stories. Beautifully illustrated with a full color image for each story, this collection is by winners of a national competition called the Ladder Awards, organized by the Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf.
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"A welcome relief from pabulum children s literature that blandly patronizes, paternalizes and pathologizes deaf children. What a celebration of deaf cultural values deaf pride in the deaf identity, the love of sign language, the importance of going to deaf schools and chatting with deaf friends. These sense-filled stories contain the visual, olfactory and kinesthetic where sight, color, smells and motion abound."-- (01/01/2008)

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