As a teacher, I am always on the lookout for quality books that celebrate the diversity in our society. Recently, I read the book, Let’s Hear it for Almigal by Wendy Kupfer, a heartwarming tale of Almigal, a spunky little girl who cherishes the differences that make each of her friends unique. Despite valuing the differences in others, Almigal is a bit bummed that she cannot hear all of the wonderful sounds around her even though she is wearing her hearing aid, like Chloe’s “teeny tiny voice”, the birds outside, and her parents saying, “I love you, Almigal.”
When Almigal finds out she is eligible for cochlear implants, she is both excited and nervous. However, once she has the procedure (and a few mishaps in being responsible for her new implants), Almigal’s world is changed as she hears all the beautiful sounds of her world that she had been missing.
I honestly really loved how Kupfer introduces hearing loss in a way that is accessible for young children. The book is well written and uses technical vocabulary so clearly that even a preschooler can understand. In addition, Tammie Lyon’s illustrations are beautiful and engaging – the type of art I’d totally frame!
I’ve already passed on my copy for a colleague to look at – the book was so inspiring that I could not wait to share it with her. Consider finding a copy yourself and reading it with your children. As we try to help our children become accepting of differences, books like Let’s Hear it for Almigal can help jumpstart conversations we find awkward and uncomfortable otherwise.
You can purchase Let’s Hear It For Almigal on Amazon. The book has won a Mom’s Choice Award and 5% of sales go toward the support of deaf children. I’m impressed with this book, and I hope you are, too.