Wise, B., Adam G. (Illus.), (2012). Silent Stars: The Story of Deaf Major Leaguer William Hoy. New York: Lee & Low Books Inc. Silent Star is the story of William Hoy, his love of baseball, and his journey of overcoming his disability in order to play the game. William lost his hearing at the age of three due falling ill with meningitis. He had always dreamed of being a major league baseball player, but his dreams seemed impossible now that he had lost his hearing. Regardless of his disability, William didn’t give up his passion. He continued to play baseball behind the shoemaker’s shop where he worked. As luck would have it, he was discovered by an amateur team coach. William’s talent in baseball spoke for itself and he proved that he could still make his dream come true. William became one of the first deaf major league baseball players in history even though most people thought he would fail!
I loved this book because of the positive message it sends. I think kids these days need encouragement to reach their dreams and to be strong regardless of obstacles that stand in the way. I also really liked that it is a non-fiction book, and a biography about a historical character. I am usually not partial to biography’s, but I found this one captivating – from the text on the page to the beautiful illustrations - I was engaged the entire time. I also enjoyed the statistics and facts that are added in the book, incase students are interested in learning further about William and his accomplishments.
In the classroom: This is one book I would definitely include in my classroom. Not only is it a great Lee and Low book, making it a valuable multicultural read, but it also has many positive messages to relay to children. Students can take the time to reflect on their dreams, and how they might one day make them possible. Non-Fiction. AE.