Written by Myron Uhlberg
Illustrated by Ted Papoulas
Based on the author’s true story, this beautiful picture book follows a deaf man and woman and their hearing son as they venture out for a day at Coney Island. The man has a vague memory of sounds, and wants his son to describe all sounds vividly. The rollercoaster, the crash of ocean waves, a thunderstorm, the roar of the fireworks. But the young boy lacks the vocabulary for adequate descriptions. The library! What a great idea.
Papoulas does an amazing job of capturing the fun, excitement, and flavor of Coney Island in the 1930s. His vibrant and detailed illustrations make the reader part of the scene. The Brooklyn Bridge at both day and night and depictions of Coney Island are great.
This is a wonderful tool for learning about just how disabilities affect everyday life. The use of the library at the end is a sneaky, yet effective way to work on literacy skills and introduce a reading activity.
I tried to imagine what it was like to be deaf. If I closed my eyes, I could imagine being blind. But there was no way I could ever know what it was like being deaf.
This book and the one the boy finds help.
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- Title: The Sound of All Things
- Author: Myron Uhlberg
- Illustrator: Ted Papoulas
- Published: Peachtree Publishers, 2016
- Reviewer: Sue Poduska
- Format: Hardcover, 36 pages
- Grade Level: PreK to 3
- Genre: Fiction, Disabilities, Words, History
- ISBN: 978-1-56145-833-2
Written by Melissa Stewart
Illustrated by Higgins Bond
Five thousand different species of frogs have been identified by scientists around the world. Several of the best known species of frogs are mentioned or illustrated in this book. However, the purpose of the book, and the series it belongs to, (A Place For…) is conservation.
The main story line is about how farm chemicals might harm frogs, changing plants in a natural habitat and even walking your dog can harm frogs. Because of the heavy preachy type of writing in this book, it should not be shelved with the true nonfiction books about frogs, but rather with the environmental conservation books.
Text insert boxes give true information as far as the life cycle of frogs and kinds of places or conditions where they lay their eggs. Several suggestions are made for helping frogs to survive, such as, watching out for them when you see them in a road. However, other suggestions are made without scientific basis. Statements like “scientists think…” are not the same as definitive research.
Teachers, parents and librarians might want to use this text in the lower grades of two and three for information about community and personal responsibility. However, it should not be used in the higher grades of four and five as the selected bibliography offers no actual scientific studies nor proof. This book will not meet any core curriculum standards aside from differentiating factual writing from persuasive writing. It should also be noted that this is an updated version of a book from 2009, and is not a new book.
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- Title: A Place for Frogs
- Author: Melissa Stewart
- Illustrator: Higgins Bond
- Publisher: Peachtree Books, 2016
- Reviewer: Elizabeth Swartz
- Format: Paperback, 32 pages
- ISBN: 978-1-56145-902-5
- Genre: Nonfiction
- Grade level: 2 to 5
- Extras: Frog Facts, inside front and back covers are maps showing regions of the world that are home to various frog species, bibliography, other books for recommended reading