An appealing and enduring story.
anxiously waited -- looking for her new neighbors. She was told
they had a girl the same age as her. Megan wanted to meet her first,
because she wanted a friend that didn't treat her different or mean.
Maybe this girl is the "best friend forever" she's looking
and her parents moved from the city. While unloading from the car,
Megan startled Cindy. She ran up to Cindy and introduced her self
in her funny voice. When Cindy tried to reply in kind - with her
voice - Megan was slow to answer.
looked straight at Megan. Now she looked a little frustrated. "What's
the matter? Are you deaf or something?" she yelled back.
Megan screamed out, and then fell
to the ground, laughing hysterically. "How did you know that?"
she asked as she laughed.
so began a special summer in which Megan and Cindy discovered how
to combine their hearing and deaf worlds to create a special friendship.
Throughout the storyline, the girls experienced the routine of integrating
the hearing with the deaf, and deal with the emotions that come
with this type of relationship - surprises, joy, compassion, confusion,
hurt, anger, and most of all understanding. Given the advice from
their mothers, their experiences at summer camp, and the added aggravation
of Megan's brother, the girls just might become "best friends
author Marlee Matlin is a person rich with confidence and talent.
Watching her on TV as she works and interacts with others gives
one the impression she is willing to try just about anything. And
Matlin proves just that as she presents her first children's story.
Deaf Child Crossing is for reading ages eight - twelve, and
her main character has the same no-nonsense, independent personality
as the author who created her.
you can't go wrong in buying Deaf Child Crossing for the
girls in your lives. It's not just a story about deaf and hearing.
It's a story about awareness, compassion and compromise concerning
others. A recommend read and "a must" for all middle school
and public libraries.