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Silent Star: The Story of Deaf Major Leaguer William Hoy Hardcover – April 1, 2012
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William Hoy grew up in Houcktow, OH. When he was three years old he became very sick and lost his hearing. When William was ten years old he went to a school for the deaf and learned to play baseball. He loved it and he was good at it. But, in 1879 the only thing a deaf person was allowed to do was manual labor. He worked in a shoe shop and eventually bought it. In the back he set up a baseball field where he played with teens when he had time.
In 1885 Hoy was approached by a coach who recruited players for an amateur team. Hoy's baseball career was set into motion. Author Bill Wise shares a remarkable story that would engage any young reader, baseball enthusiast, or child with disabilities. This intriguing story shares facts and beautifully illustrated pictures bring Hoy's career and struggles to life.
The reading level is about 4th grade. My child needed help, since he reads on a 2nd grade level. However, he had partial comprehension on his own due to 1. good illustrations and 2. his strong background knowledge of being deaf and loving sports.
The book touches on the following themes:
-Following your dreams
-Becoming deaf following illness (age 3)
-Exclusion as a child
-Inclusion upon finding others like you
-Deaf people can perform at the level of hearing people--or superior!
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Loved it. Great story and nice read with my hearing impaired student.Published 8 months ago by Gayle
Great book,m good gift for grandsons. Wonderful seller with fast delivery.Published 12 months ago by B. J. Waldrop