Author: Valerie Abbot
Designer: Crystal Cregge
Illustrator: Gina Wojtysiak
“A WONDERFUL TOOL FOR PROFESSIONALS WHO WORK WITH FAMILIES - ANY FAMILY FACING SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES WILL FIND THIS STORY INSPIRING AND FULL OF PROMISE.”
— Dr. Johnnie Sexton, Au.D. Executive Director/Founder, The CARE Project
"PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES OFTEN FEEL MOTIVATED TO PAY IT FORWARD AND TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCE WITH THE HOPE IT MAY HELP ANOTHER FAMILY. IN THIS DELIGHTFUL BOOK, VALERIE SHOWS US THE ART AND THE IMPORTANCE OF FINDING OUR VOICE, AND SHARING OUR STORY, AT A TIME WHEN GRIEF AND DOUBT MAY HAVE SILENCED IT."
— Dana Yarbrough, Assistant Director, Partnership for People with Disabilities and Director, Center for Family Involvement, Virginia Commonwealth University
“THIS BOOK CAN HELP FAMILIES UNDERSTAND AND PROCESS THE IMPACT ON THE WHOLE FAMILY WHEN ONE CHILD IS IDENTIFIED AS DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING.”
- Dr. Lilach Saperstein, Audiologist, podcaster, and parent coach.
Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You
This important and educational story is told through the eyes of a big sister named Mary Clare. She notices that her little sister Bridget is acting weird and her actions and word formations are strange. She is very protective of Bridget and this "off" behaviour goes unnoticed by the rest of the family. Finally the whole family realizes that something is definitely not right with their wee daughter. They arrange to take Bridget to a special doctor where most of the people in the waiting room are mostly grownups or grandparents. Whatever can be happening she wonders?
Her little sister is examined and the prognosis is .... she has hearing loss! This heartfelt story is about a journey of discovery and healing. Once diagnosed Bridget receives beautiful pink hearing aids and the whole world opens up for her.
The illustrations enrich the storyline and I especially like that the illustrator includes a diagram of a labeled hearing aid. The book does an excellent job of explaining the process of a visit to an audiologist, the testing necessary, and the fitting and adjusting of the hearing aids. The author includes extra resources at the end of the book which parents, caregivers and educators will find very helpful. The author wraps things up beautifully by saying :
"Because next to love, hope is the most powerful fuel of the human spirit. "
"May our story inspire others to take notice, take action, follow their own path, and hold onto hope."
I highly recommend this book.
Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!
Meet the Author
As the parent of a child diagnosed with late-onset hearing loss, Valerie James Abbott is passionate about finding new ways to improve hearing loss detection in young children, increase early intervention access and enrollment, and introduce families to the resources and support programs they may need to make the best decisions for their child. She is an advocate and champion for the mission of Early Hearing Detection & Intervention programs and active supporter of local, state and national family support organizations. A native of Long Island and a graduate of Hollins College, Valerie has served on boards and state councils that are dedicated to serving families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. She has proudly called Virginia 'home' for more than 30 years.
About the Illustrator
Gina Wojtysiak lives with her family near an urban oasis of parks and creeks along the James River in Richmond, Virginia. Her illustrations are largely influenced by her time spent in these natural surroundings. She's also writing a few stories of her own.
Crystal Cregge is a Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Animator, and Brand Strategist who partners with CEOs, executives, solopreneurs, and non-profits to elevate their visual language to be memorable and remarkable. With nearly a decade of experience in the advertising and creative industry, she offers smart and quality-driven creative solutions that are unique to each clients' vision. The range of her work includes children's books, audiobooks, commercials, TV shows, magazines, websites, and even virtual reality. In addition to her extensive creative experience, she is SWaM (Small, Woman, and Minority-Owned) Certified and has used her expertise to drive value and representation in both the public and private markets. Crystal has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently the President and Founder of Liona Design Co. based in Richmond, VA, USA.
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