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Charlie and Frog (Charlie and Frog, 1) Paperback – Illustrated, March 19, 2019
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"Kane's debut, a light and engaging mystery, takes on added depth through its focus on the Deaf community. Charlie longs for kinship with others; intriguingly, it's through learning sign language that he finds friendship and connection."--Publisher's Weekly
"The mystery here is entertaining, but what makes the book unique is its positive and thorough incorporation of deafness. Kane is a graduate of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and she seamlessly integrates American Sign Language (ASL) and deaf characters into the story, subtly reminding readers that these are capable, complete individuals. A worthy addition to mystery collections."--Booklist
About the Author
- Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (March 19, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1368006302
- ISBN-13 : 978-1368006309
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 6.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.75 x 7.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Charlie navigates a maze of environs that include swaying gondolas, disorganized public libraries, and a castle as he discovers friends in unlikely places. The story is chock full of humorous book titles, hidden treasures, sly humor, and great life lessons. Along his journey, Charlie meets Frog, a Deaf girl who teaches him ASL and aids him on his quest through the town rich with Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and bilingual citizens.
Keeping his key handy as he joins forces with Frog, her family, and a vocabulary-loving police chief, he follows clues and spends a little quality time teaching his grandparents that listening with the heart teaches more than cooking and crime-solving shows. Throw in a tacturn housekeeper/cook, a quirky librarian, and an ambiguous fortune teller, and Charlie might find he has all the help he needs to turn his fate around.
Charlie and Frog is cute, sweet, and engaging while teaching quite a bit about Deaf culture, ASL, and the meaning of family. I think those familiar with ASL will find it fun, while those who don’t yet know ASL will find it fascinating and want to jump in and learn more about ASL and Deaf culture.
I'm glad to see that there is a chart of the ASL alphabet at the back, and there are illustrations of key ASL signs throughout the book. These were not available in the Advanced Reader Copy, so very glad to see them here!
I received this book as an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from the publisher through NetGalley. My opinions are my own.
That said -- I love this book! Finally, Deaf and hearing children alike have an energetic, smart, young Deaf character to look up to. Furthermore, readers are sure to enjoy a world where sign language is ever-present. This book is designed to introduce American Sign Language to the uninitiated, with the insides of the front and back cover showing the ABC's used for fingerspelling, along with the numbers 1 - 10. These hand shapes are then used to describe specific signs throughout the book. Illustrations featuring Frog and Charlie at the beginning of each chapter show readers how to produce each sign. (Pay attention, because the left-handed Charlie's signs are slightly different than the right-handed Frog's signs.)
I look forward to the future adventures of Charlie and Frog. "Good people do good things," and Karen, my friend, you have done good. THAT!
The story centers around a mystery in a small hamlet on the Hudson River. Charlie is left in the care of his TV-watching grandparents by his clueless parents. Charlie meets Frog (Francis) and they begin solving a mystery together.
As an overlay to the clever story, Kane has added that the mystery revolves around a school for the deaf. Thus, ASL is a prominent part of the story. Many of my students have learned the ASL alphabet, and we've all learned the gestures that preface each chapter.
It's simply delightful.
Rowland Hall 4th Grade
However the most enjoyable part of this is the narrative itself, it's simply a well-written story. There is a good representation with a deaf main character who is not per trade at all is disabled. The book is the creation of a sign language interpreter Who is hearing along with a deaf artist. This is a great find and given the representation is well worth reading whatever your age.