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Hogan is a young Dalmatian that is adopted into a forever family, which consists of a mom and dad (both human) and a sister (another dog). Then the family adopts another dog, and the family is complete. Hogan has what many would think of as a problem, but as Hogan shows, being deaf is not an issue. In Hogan’s Hope: Discovering Fun and Favorite Things, Connie Bombaci lets the world know that being different is good. We are all different in some form or fashion. Hogan may be differently-abled, but that makes the point that he is able, just in a different manner. For example, Hogan may not understand verbal orders for all the games at doggie day camp. Still, he had learned primary sign language and could perform all the activities like the other dogs. This story will help children understand that differently-abled people are as worthy as normal people. Help your children learn to be accepting and loving to those who are different.
Using a story based on the real life of Hogan, Connie Bombaci helps children to understand that everyone deserves a chance to be included. Hogan is a dog that is adopted into a forever family that loves each other, no matter what differences they have. Hogan’s Hope teaches many lessons about hope, love, and acceptance. Hogan is deaf, but instead of using his difference as an excuse, he is encouraged to participate in all the activities and he is not left out. Many children are different and just want the chance to be loved and accepted. Many children have no parents and need a forever home. Use this book to start discussions with your children concerning how to accept those who are different. If your child is differently-abled, use this book to teach them that they are just as important and worthy as other children. This book entertains, teaches, inspires, and hopefully motivates. Spend time with your children going over all the lessons found in this story.