Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – #Hearingloss Dawn Doig, #Seadog Patricia Furstenberg, #Environment Kathleen Jae

Welcome to the Reading Room with books on the shelves for children to the age of 12.

The first book today with a recent review is And So, Ahmed Hears by Dawn Doig

And So, Ahmed Hears by [Dawn Doig]

About the book

Ahmed is a little boy who spends his days with his family doing things he enjoys like going to the park and swimming in the ocean. Although he seems to be a typical two year old, mama has concerns that he may not be hearing. So off they go to the doctor and eventually to the audiologist who diagnoses a hearing loss. Fit with hearing aids, Ahmed is now able to enjoy the sounds of life. And So Ahmed Hears was written to increase public awareness about childhood hearing loss and to help alleviate some of the stigma associated with it.

A recent review for the book

Ellie Langford5.0 out of 5 stars Ahmed Hears has a great message and is filled with love.  Reviewed in the United States on July 5, 2021

The book calls forth empathy and understanding for the hearing impaired. It also shows how the hearing impaired can still relate to and enjoy life. The story drew me in. I was rooting for little Ahmed from beginning to end.

A selection of other books by Dawn Doig which are available in several languages.

Read the reviews and Buy Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Dawn: Goodreads – Website: Dawn Doig – Twitter: @Shoebears

The second book today with a recent review is Just Nuisance, the Sea – Dog (Animal Stories for Kids Book 6) by Patricia Furstenberg...

About the book

A fun story about an adorable and REAL dog. Enjoy the happy rhyming and the matching illustrations.
Inspired by the story of he first dog enlisted in the Royal Navy during World War II.

Just Nuisance was a Great Dane and the only dog EVER to be officially enlisted in the Royal Navy. Between 1939 and 1944 Just Nuisance served on HMS Afrikander, a Royal Navy ship anchored in Simon’s Town, South Africa.

Just Nuisance had his own bed, and his own sailor’s hat too, he traveled by train quite often and he even flew in a plane or two.

“In South of Africa once lived
A Great Dane with a busy tail.
Just Nuisance he was called
And everyone his tale told…”

A recent review for the book

Darlene Foster 4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for dog lovers  Reviewed in Canada on July 7, 2021

If you love dogs, and who doesn’t, you will enjoy this lovely book. It would be a perfect book to read to a young person. Some great discussions about dogs would ensue. The story is based on a real dog, a Great Dane who was enlisted in the Royal Navy. The drawings are adorable and as the author says, “Any dog, from small to giant, holds a place in someone’s heart.”

A small selection of other books by Patricia Furstenberg (some in Afrikaans)

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – and: Amazon UK Blog: Alluring Creations Goodreads: Goodreads – Twitter: @PatFurstenberg

The final author today with a new review is Kathleen Jae for Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery

About the book

After a series of terrifying events, Elanora is transported to a strange neighborhood where the only way to get about is by water and the only food to eat is the grasses of the marsh. Her newfound guardians do their best to help her adapt, but the food is odd and unappetizing, and she feels isolated and alone. The colony of muskrats who live in the marsh refuse to accept the young chipmunk and ignore her each time they gather to eat at night. In her former home, Elanora spent most days exploring, but her guardians insist she sleep like the rest of the colony. After she learns about an enormous gray creature that swims in the deeper part of the marsh, Elanora sets off one day to find him. When the sea cow tells her about the marsh’s troubles, Elanora begins her investigation into the mysterious lowering of water levels and the suffering of the swimming creatures. Despite relentless attempts of intimidation from some younger members of the colony, Elanora, along with an elder, piece together clues that lead to a terrifying conclusion. Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery sheds light on two important topics: the impact of bullying and the consequences of the destruction of ecosystems. It’s a tale that explores the importance of diversity and celebrates one youngster’s fight to be heard.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Angela S.5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and meaningful story  Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2021

My daughter is six so this book is above her reading level by a wide margin. I like to read books out loud to her that stretch her vocabulary and imagination, though, and chose this book for that purpose. I’m so glad I did. This book has been our favorite shared reading experience to date. Truly engaging and endearing characters (my daughter is an animal lover and had endless questions about the characters in this story), an entertaining plot, a unique backdrop for the story that taught both me and my daughter a great deal about the salt marshes of Florida, a totally enjoyable experience overall. Middle school me would have read this book in a marathon session and loved every minute of it. 48 year old me had to stretch it out over multiple bedtime reading sessions but still loved every minute of it, as did my daughter.

Also by Kathleen Jae for parents of children with autism

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Kathleen: Goodreads – Website: Kathleen Jae – Facebook: Author Kathleen Jae – Twitter: @KathleenJae2


Thanks very much for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books.. thanks Sally.


17 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – #Hearingloss Dawn Doig, #Seadog Patricia Furstenberg, #Environment Kathleen Jae

  1. Thank you for sharing the recent review for Ahmed, Sally. Your support is always greatly appreciated. I enjoy finding out about the books on your shelf! Dawn

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