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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

"Danny the Dragon 'Meets Jimmy'" by Tina Turbin and illustrated by Aija Jasuna

"Danny the Dragon 'Meets Jimmy'" by Tina Turbin and illustrated by Aija Jasuna is a great book for both deaf and non-deaf children. The vibrant illustrations almost take one aback at first, but they would most likely be greatly appreciated by deaf children who would like extra sensory details. The story is about a boy who finds a shell with a dragon and creature inside. The characters interact, have fun, and become friends. The story is nice but nothing too unique. What is special is that there is a DVD version of the book. It is narrated for the non-deaf; there is a sign language interpreter for the deaf. The clarity of the words in the DVD is not the best, but people would most likely have already read the book and would just be listening or watching the interpreter, along with seeing the pictures on the screen. Overall, this book makes reading fun for deaf children. It can also be enjoyed by non-deaf children in parallel environments or as siblings and friends. Children who can and can't hear will await the coming books in this series. Also, proceeds from this book go towards a special school for the deaf.

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