Additional Literature

Physical/Mental Differences:

Book Title: The Balancing Girl

Author: Berniece Rabe

Publisher and Date: E. P. Dutton, 1981

Summary: Margaret, who uses a wheelchair or crutches, can make anything balance. Tommy, a child in her school class, doesn't appreciate her talent and often knocks down her towers. Margaret wants him to know that she really is doing something special, so for the school carnival she builds an intricate tower of dominoes. Tommy wins the chance to knock them all down.


Book Title: Handtalk Birthday: a Number Story Book in Sign Language

Author: Remy Charlip, Mary Beth and George Ancona

Publisher and Date: Four Winds Press, 1987

Summary: This is the story of a surprise birthday party for a deaf woman. It is told in words and American Sign Language.


Book Title: Silent Lotus

Author: Jeanne M. Lee

Publisher and Date: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1991

Summary: Lotus was born deaf and had never learned to talk. She learned to dance with the birds and was generally happy, except that the other children wouldn't play with her. Her parents took her to the temple in the capital city, hoping for a miracle. While there, Lotus saw the royal dancers. She wanted to become a dancer also. Through her dance training, she learned to express herself without words and made many friends.


Book Title: Lucy's Picture

Author: Nicola Moon

Publisher and Date: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1995

Summary: Lucy's blind Grandpa is coming to visit and so she makes him a special picture that he can feel.


Book Title: The Seeing Stick

Author: Jane Yolen

Publisher and Date: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1977

Summary: The emperor's daughter had everything but sight, until an old man brought her his seeing stick. As he carved stories into the stick, he taught the young girl to see with her hands.


Book Title: Through Grandpa's Eyes

Author: Patricia MacLachlan

Publisher and Date: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1980

Summary: John sees his Grandpa's house the way his blind Grandpa does, by learning to use his other senses to ësee.'


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