A teacher for deaf children, Rosalind Hope, from Cheshire, who teaches in Manchester, talked to me about her inspiration – award-winning poet Raymond Antrobus – whose books she uses to help with her teaching. Rosalind explained that these books are “truly wonderful” and “a great idea for deaf children!”
Raymond discovered he was deaf when he was six, whilst illustrator Polly Dunbar’s hearing started to fail in her twenties. Raymond Antrobus came up with a genius idea to write a story for deaf children from an autobiography perspective, after being poet in residence at his former primary school, where he found the library lacking in books featuring deaf characters. He wanted to create his own masterpiece! Can Bear Ski? is Raymond and Polly’s first picture book for children and follows a little bear as he discovers he is deaf.
You can find a lovely insight into the book with author Raymond and illustrator Polly themselves here at the link below;
A great inspirational story to end the week,
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