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The Garden Wall by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
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The Garden Wall

by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes

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Already unhappy that his family has moved from the country to the city, Tim is not pleased when his new neighbor turns out to be not only a girl, but also deaf.

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This book follows Tim as he learns to accept and befriend Maria, who is deaf. At first, the challenge of not being able to talk to Maria makes Tim feel hesitant to want to play with Maria. But as he spends time with her and picks up on some sign language, he becomes excited to be friends with her. A child may find Tim's initial hesitations about Maria relatable and hopefully the ending of this book will encourage kids to have an open attitude toward the deaf. ( )
  afogg | Oct 5, 2019 |
Tim doesn’t want to move to the city and leave his best friend. When he meets his new neighbor Maria, he’s annoyed that she’s not only a girl, but deaf as well. He doesn’t possibly think he can be friends with someone who is deaf. After being partnered together for a school project, Tim begins to accept Maria for who she is.
I like that this book shows how Tim develops as a character in such a realistic manner. In the beginning he doesn’t want to be friends with Maria because she is deaf, but as he gets to know her, he begins to see a friend and not a girl with a disability. It would be a great book to read to children in hopes that they gain an understanding that a disability doesn’t define who someone is.
I also thought the addition of the sign language and American Manual Alphabet was a charming touch. I can see children trying to copy the alphabet with their own hands (as I admittedly did when I finished the book).
I think this story warmly illustrates the importance of accepting others despite our differences. ( )
  MegWilliams | Mar 13, 2019 |
This book was about a child, named Tim, who had to move from the country to the city. His neighbor was deaf and didn't want to be friends with her, he quickly learned how nice she was and that they actually can communicate. They did a project together based on their love of mice and ended up becoming good friends. I thought it was really cool that they put the hand motions for signs throughout the book. They even included the alphabet in the back of the book. One of the themes of the book is that not everyone is the same and not everyone can communicate by talking with their voice. Even though one person talks with the voice and one person talks with their hands, they can still find a way to communicate and become friends. Another theme is be nice to everyone and treat them with respect. The last theme is to give everyone a chance because you never know, you might miss an opportunity to find a great friend. ( )
  cnemetz | Sep 10, 2018 |
Tim was already unhappy about moving to a new place. He is playing outside when his ball goes over the fence next door to him and someone throws the ball back. He asks who is there and no one answers. This makes Tim angry. What makes him angrier is that the first person he meets in this new place is deaf. He learns that she is able to read lips and sign. At first, Tim is unbelievably mean to Maria but throughout the book that changes when he learns and becomes aware of her disability. This book will teach kids that it is okay to not be "neurotypical". The overall theme of the book would be acceptance and to not judge a book by its cover. ( )
  tmahlie | May 2, 2018 |
This story is about a little boy, Tim, he is moving to a new neighborhood. The first friend he meets is a little girl named Maria. Maria has a disability, she is deaf. He doesn’t know how he is going to be able to communicate with her. He soon learns that she can read lips and she helps him learn a little bit of sing language. When Tim goes to Maria’s house he learns a lot about her disability. When the door bells ring, a light would blink. Maria’s mom is also deaf, to get her attention, Maria stomps on the floor, her mom can feel the vibrations. I highly recommend this book to read to children to teach them about disabilities. This author is very informative about teaching others about this disability. ( )
  lsalone | Apr 9, 2018 |
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