YA. The first Miss America with a disability tells her life story in a readable, engaging manner. Although profoundly deaf since the age of 18 months, Whitestone let little stand in her way to achieving her goals: to dance, to compete in pageants, to encourage others, and always to praise God. YAs will be interested in the steps involved in the various competitions that lead up to the Miss America competition, and her pageant platform, STARS (Success Through Action and Realization of your dreamS). After Whitestone won, she became the focus of controversy because she wears a hearing aid, uses oral speech, and occasionally signs in Signing Exact English. Her critics in the deaf community believe that she should communicate through American Sign Language. The controversy continues. The author describes her Miss America year, with the endless demands on her time and energy, the complete lack of privacy, and the times when she was so exhausted that she felt she could not keep going. What has always sustained her is her positive attitude, and her absolute faith in God. This inspirational biography will have wide appeal.?Judy Sokoll, formerly at Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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Although Heather Whitestone will be forever known as the first Miss America with a disability, she would probably prefer to be remembered as a young woman whose deafness taught her discipline and unwavering belief in God. In this sometimes saccharine memoir, Miss America 1995 recounts the story of her inspiring life, beginning with a childhood fever that left her profoundly deaf. That impairment would, in turn, leave her fiercely independent and strong willed. Whitestone, who chose hearing aids over signing, attended ballet classes to improve her speech rhythms and fell in love with dance. Her faith in God's dream for her was reflected in the positive way in which she built on her strengths and accepted her limitations in school, in community service, and in beauty pageants. The book leaves readers with a picture of the new Mrs. John McCallum who, if she could hear for one day, admits she would spend it on the beach listening to her husband's "precious voice." Patricia Hassler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
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I read the 1st book that Heathers mom wrote right after Miss America pageant. Read more
I loved this story! It was very inspiring. I like stories about overcoming the odds & anything about deaf culture is fascinating to mePublished 11 months ago by Samantha Hite
I'm taking an ASL class and was researching rhythm & deafness. I remembered Heather winning Miss America with her beautiful Ballet performance and decided to order her book. Read morePublished on April 30, 2013 by T. Caplin
really good book. only thing not perfect is the quality of the pictures in the softcover version. Otherwise great.Published on March 12, 2006 by ashley