The Sound of All Things
Experience the sights and sounds of 1930s Brooklyn and Coney Island through the eyes—and ears—of a hearing boy and his deaf parents.
A Brooklyn family takes an outing to Coney Island, where they enjoy the rides, the food, and the sights. The father longs to know how everything sounds. Though his son does his best to interpret their noisy surroundings through sign language, he struggles to convey the subtle differences between the “loud” of the ocean and the “loud” of a roller coaster. When the family drops in at the library after dinner, the boy makes a discovery. Perhaps the words he needs are within reach, after all.
Myron Uhlberg’s story, based on his own childhood experiences, covers the almost unique topic within children’s books of children raised by deaf parents. Ted Papoulas beautifully and sensitively portrays the family’s day to bring the whole experience to life for readers.
Publication Date: 3/1/2016
Page Count: 36
Size: 11″ x 9″
Age Range: 6 – 10
Themes: Deaf Experience, Sign Language, Vocabulary
BISAC 1: JUV013060 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Parents
BISAC 2: JUV005000 JUVENILE FICTION /Boys & Men
BISAC 3: JUV039150 JUVENILE FICTION /Social Issues / Special Needs
“A tender demonstration of how familial love is like translation—inexact, difficult, and beautiful.” ―Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
“Newcomer Papoulas’s illustrations are a love letter to Coney Island at its heyday” ―Publishers Weekly
“Lovely tribute to a bygone era and a boy’s commemoration of his parents.” ―School Library Journal
“Uhlberg…writes knowingly of the distinctly separate hearing and deaf worlds in which he grew up” ―Booklist Online
Notable Books for a Global Society ―International Literacy Association, 2017
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People ―National Council for the Social Studies, Children’s Book Council, 2017
CCBC Choices (Understanding Oneself and Others) ―Cooperative Children’s Book Center, 2017
Best Children’s Books of the Year (Starred) ― Bank Street College of Education, 2017
Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Starred, Intermediate) ―Kansas National Education Association
Delaware Diamonds (Nominee, 3-5) ―Diamond State Reading Association, 2017-2018
Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award (Intermediate Nominee) ―Keystone State Reading Association, 2017-2018