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And Other Deaf Tales
Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 148
Themes: deafness, anthology
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 01/Mar/2007
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A unique and much-needed collection, The Smart Princess takes readers inside the fantasies, dreams and disappointments of young people who are deaf. This book is written and illustrated by winners of the Ladder Awards, organized by the Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf. In one tale a princess runs away when her intolerant aunt forbids her to sign. Another story looks at the experience of being a deaf child at a hearing school. Two strangers, one giant and one tiny, become friends despite their difficulties in seeing each other. In another, a spaceship lands on a planet of the Deaf, forcing hearing astronauts to reconsider their ways. And in a poetic adventure, an imaginary tiger wreaks havoc.

Multicultural Review
"A welcome relief from pabulum childrenís literature that blandly patronizes, paternalizes and pathologizes deaf children. What a celebration of deaf cultural valuesódeaf 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."

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