Discovering that her Australian pen pal is blind, Laura decides to use a Brailler machine to write her new friend her letters and, eager to decode her replies, is soon learning the language as well, in a touching tale about a special friendship.
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Marion Ripley runs the Clear Vision project, which is a nation-wide postal lending library of children's picture books in Braille. Her two tactile books have been mass-produced in English and French Colin Backhouse: This is Colin's first picture bookFrom School Library Journal:
Grade 1-4--This earnest attempt to provide an approachable introduction to Braille falls flat as a story. Laura writes to a pen pal in Australia and is excited to receive a reply from Malcolm, who likes swimming and has a cat. She sends another letter, but doesn't hear from him for three weeks. Then a note arrives from his sister, who explains that Malcolm has poor eyesight, is in the hospital for an eye operation, and types most of his work in Braille. Laura happens to know someone who has a brailling machine, so she starts a correspondence with Malcolm. The book ends with the boy's response, and children can find out what it says by using the Braille alphabet card printed below. The author is so intent on getting to this point that the narrative isn't fleshed out enough to make it interesting. All in all, this is a Braille card surrounded by a thin story. Featuring warm colors, the scratchy pastel illustrations are pleasant and filled with smiling children. For a better fictionalized presentation of Braille, try Dana Meachen Rau's The Secret Code(Children's, 1998).--Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, NY
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