I’m not much of a sports fan so anything baseball is new to me. I was completely ignorant that a deaf person could play the game and as well as William Hoy. I’m glad to have read this picture book to inform me and others that being deaf doesn’t preclude that person from doing everyday things. I hope he gets inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame!
And I love discovering Filipino writers and illustrators. Jez Tuya grew up in the Philippines and now living in New Zealand!
September 11 is forever etched on my mind as a day of tragedy and horror. Most of us can remember what we were doing that day when we saw and heard about the attacks. How fear and sadness pervaded our lives. But we also saw a coming together like never before that gave us hope. This picture book focuses on a not so well known aspect of that day- the sea evacuations to ferry the victims to safer lands. It’s a story I’m glad is being told. I didn’t know about it. I’ll definitely check out the documentary Boatlift.
Truly inspiring. I love how solutions are seen rather than problems. Naturally the problems have to be addressed first but some people don’t do anything about them. And we take for granted how one small act can accumulate into something greater. The result can be disastrous like the trash that threatened the livelihood of an entire village. Or it can result in positive changes from a clever way to recycle the plastic bags strewn about to providing a source of income to rebuild and replace the damages to sharing the knowledge with others empowering them that change is possible and within their grasps and finally to creating a world that is much cleaner and better off than what it was.
This brought tears to my eyes. It is such a beautiful story of compassion. After hearing the horrific events of 9-11 from one of their fellow tribes people, the Maasai make a selfless gesture to reach out to people they don’t know far from where they are. It is an act that reminds us love is powerful enough to transcend space and differences in languages or culture. It is a powerful reminder that we are all the same therefore we should all look out for one another.