Let’s Hear it for Almigal by Wendy Kupfer is hands down one of the best books I’ve read lately for children! Our heroine, the hearing aid wearing and spunky little Alimgal, is the kind of protagonist every child’s book should contain. Almigal wears a hearing aid but still lives a full life doing things other little kids do: playing, having sleepovers, and attending school. But this little heroine is better because she shows readers that you don’t always have to be perfect to be in a good book.
Kiddos to the author and illustrator for depicting children of mixed ethnicities and abilities in this delightful little book. I love that Almigals friends are African-American , Hispanic, wear glasses, are twins, and even speak sign language! Kids, even little kids, want to be able to identify with the character they’re reading in a book. They want to see someone who is like them and in Almigal they’ve found it. There is something for everyone in this book.
I especially love that Almigal isn’t perfect as kids with disabilities are often depicted ( Disney channel): kids who don’t get I trouble or in time out.
Get this book for every child who has ever felt different or out of place or who wears a hearing aid or who just likes a good book!
I give this book 4 paws cuz it’s perfect!