Shira is a girl like any other. She likes to play,
goof around, go to school (well, sometimes…),
and she knows how to be a good friend.
Shira was also born deaf.
Shira’s “native language” is Israeli Sign Language, but it’s not a language the other kids in her class understand. Shira experiences difficulties understanding what her friends are saying, and they can’t understand her either.
With the help of her mother, Shira comes up with a solution: she teaches the kids how to communicate with her, so that she can understand them.
She also teaches them sign language, and…what joy! Now everybody speaks a common language, a language which creates new friendships and leads to a life-enriching experience.
Dear boys and girls, at the end of this book you will find words and short phrases in Israeli Sign Language. Study them, and you too can communciate
with Shira (you might meet her one day…) and with other deaf children!
A wonderful story that teaches children valuable life lessons.
Reviewed by Piaras on September 28, 2020 for Emerald Book Reviews
More often than not children relate themselves with the characters of a good story. In such circumstances, reading fiction can help them to get inspiration from the characters. These stories often portray real life implications through anecdotes, and as such makes it easier for them to understand the complex aspects of life. Moreover, reading these stories at regular intervals can actually help them to develop a positive outlook towards life, which eventually proves beneficial for good character development.
Shira’s Voice by Hila Almog is a beautiful book about opening your heart to the fascinating world of silent communication and accepting others for who they are. It’s a delightful and charming book for the younger reader. I read it with my grandkids, and they loved not only the story, but also the amazing illustrations by Michal Gorelick. I thought the text and illustrations worked very well together and the book was perfectly translated from the Hebrew by Mandi Kogosowski.
Israeli author Hila Almog writes in a wonderful, simple and imaginative style that will guarantee the attention of young minds. If you ever wanted to bond even more with your children or grandchildren, this would be a lovely story to share with them.
Our entire life is made up of lessons, like chapters in a book. Lessons that have been taught to us and those we’ve had to learn on our own. Lessons we enjoyed learning and lessons we wished we could forget. Lessons we will pass on to our children and others, and of course the many more lessons we will continue to have throughout our lifetime. I’ve read and reviewed many children’s books over the years, but I have to say that this book beautifully introduces children to a story that will make them aware of the fact that not everybody is born the same way.
It seems to me that this book was created with a lot of love and joy and it’s clear that the author really enjoys creating such wonderful stories. Thank you for sharing with us the gift that you have obviously worked so hard to refine. We’ll be looking forward to seeing what’s coming next. A well-deserved five stars from us!