A Button In Her Ear
Submitter: Here’s one that’s truly, truly awful. I came across it recently when another library in our system requested it for a patron. I somehow doubt the patron knew what they were getting. The book is from 1976, and while the story itself may still be a good means of helping children understand hearing loss, the drawings are woefully out-of-date. Nobody uses a hearing aid like that anymore; most kids these days would think little Angela was the proud owner of a brand-new iPod. (I almost said “Walkman,” but had to remind myself that Sony doesn’t even make those anymore! Guess it’s time to add my cultural references to the weeding pile as well!)
Holly: A button in her ear? She wishes! I am willing to bet this book doesn’t talk about lots of hearing loss technology, like cochlear implants and two way pagers. Even closed captioning wasn’t as prevelant in 1976 as it is now. Reading this book to a child with hearing loss, or to any child so they understand hearing loss better, is not helping. It’s just misinforming.