From the magical land of the silvery bubble-blowing Moonchild, a
bubble popping in little Prince Orla's ear suddenly makes him
profoundly deaf. His worried, joyless parents hire several
ineffectual fools to restore their son to their hearing world. The
most ridiculous looking one is ready to tie elephant-sized ears on
the prince's head. The royal soothsayer understands immediately
that the child comprehends the world with his eyes, and the
soothsayer is commandingly credible, because he wears magical
symbols: star, tree and bird. Graceful Moonbird comes to the
rescue, flying the prince to a magical school where a gazelle and
silver monkey teach him "eye music," and tell him he can teach his
parents hand talking and silent mouthing. However, his parents are
clueless until Moonchild blows an enormous bubble that bursts over
their kingdom, changing their intricate yet barren landscape and
their hearts. Ray's luminous art and lyrical text are heavy with
symbolism: Those who understand sign language and the powers of
observation are adorned in the most silver trees, birds and stars,
and others find adornment as they learn. Young readers will
understand with help the clear message that sign language education
for children who are deaf is essential to their healthy growth, and
that it is a tremendous step forward for all people to increase
their observation skills to learn it. But this heavy, controversial
message won't be swallowed easily. (Picture book. 5-7) (Kirkus
Moonchild was blowing bubbles. Big, pearly moon bubbles they were,
floating off into outer space.
Some burst upon the spikes of stars. Some floated all the way to
earth and burst wherever they landed.
A Moonchild blows a bubble that pops on an Earth baby and surrounds
him in silence. His parents, a King and Queen, are devastated when
they realize that their baby cannot hear or speak. But a Moonbird
teaches the little prince how to use his hands and eyes to
communicate. This is a beautifully told story, exquisitely
illustrated by Jane Ray.
"From the Hardcover edition."
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