And So, Ahmed Hears


Children - Picture Book
32 Pages
Reviewed on 10/28/2019
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Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite

And So, Ahmed Hears is a picture book story written by Dawn Doig with illustrations by Renee Benoit. Told in rhyme, the story is about a two-year-old boy named Ahmed who doesn’t speak or sing. He also doesn’t seem to hear, which causes him to be knocked down by a swing in the playground and separated from his mother in the market. He can’t hear the sound of the sea in a shell put to his ear or the roar of the surf on the beach as the waves wash away his sandcastle. Ahmed’s mother takes him to see a doctor and an audiologist. They’re able to determine that he has a hearing loss and fit him with an aid that allows him to hear and begins the process of helping him learn to vocalize.

I really enjoyed reading And So, Ahmed Hears. Doig, who is a certified Canadian audiologist turned English teacher, wrote it as a humanitarian project to raise public awareness of childhood hearing loss and the need for early diagnosis. The story is touchingly told and beautifully illustrated. Hearing children will experience some of the frustrations and fears that can accompany undiagnosed hearing loss and they’ll rejoice with Ahmed when he can finally hear the sounds of people and nature. They will also learn that a hearing aid isn’t a point of ridicule or bullying for the child wearing it, but an amazing device that can bring hearing to children who otherwise wouldn't have it. A lovely and informative read for both parents and children.