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Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite
Almigal thinks she is the luckiest girl in the world. Why? Because she has so many friends, and each friend is special because she or he is different. Some of Almigal’s friends are Willie, who wears glasses that make him look smarter, her Spanish friend Isabella, Lucy and Buster, her two furry friends, and the twin friends Chloe and Claire. But Amigal’s very best friend is Penelope because they are so much alike, and they both have a hearing disability and wear hearing aids. And then there were times when Almigal didn’t feel so lucky, like when her mom and dad tucked her in at night and she couldn’t really hear them tell her goodnight and 'I Love You.' During a visit to a special doctor, he decided that special implants called cochlear implants might help Almigal, so she decided, with the help of mom and dad, to try them. And when you read this special book, you will find out just what happens to Almigal when she gets her new Cochlear Implants.
Wow, what a wonderful special story for any child! It teaches many valuable lessons, including dealing with disability issues even at a young age. Children can still fit in with other children, even with disabilities. And the story is told in a unique way to delineate Almigal with whom nothing is different. And I love the illustrations. Each picture fits the story so well, and helps reinforce the words on the page. They are so exciting that any child would love looking at the pages of this book and make up their own story! I highly recommend this book for any child, because it is so important for children to know how to deal with children with disabilities and deal with difficult issues every day. Acceptance is dealt with in this book in a very unique and loving way!