Thursday, March 24, 2016

El Deafo by Cece Bell

El Deafo by CeCe Bell is an autobiographical graphic novel of the author's experience with severe to profound deafness that was brought on by a serious illness when she was a young child. Published in 2014, this book won a Newbery Honor award. The pictures are fun, and the story will help build compassion and understanding. This book also shows how badly children want to fit in and be accepted.

I loved that the font used in this graphic novel was one my old eyes could easily read. That isn't always the case with graphic novels.

After CeCe becomes deaf, she is able to go to a school for deaf children. She has a lot of friends who are all dealing with the same issues that she deals with. She feels acceptance, and the teachers know how to accommodate children with hearing loss.

Her family moves to a small town the following year, and because this story takes place in the 1970s when accommodating children with disabilities was a new thing, school becomes more challenging.

Using cute illustrations, CeCe shows the reader the different issues she had to face. She also shows the reader how to treat someone with hearing loss.

Read to a child today even if that child is you. 

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