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My Heart Glow: Alice Cogswell, Thomas Gallaudet, and the Birth of American Sign Language

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  47 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Alice Cogswell was a bright and curious child and a quick learner. She also couldn't hear. And, unfortunately, in the early nineteenth century in America, there was no way to teach deaf children. One day, though, an equally curious young man named Thomas Gallaudet, Alice's neighbor, senses Alice's intelligence and agrees to find a way to teach her. Gallaudet's interest in ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 15th 2008 by Hyperion
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Ewa
Alice, a very bright girl who wants to be as any other nine-year-old thought of herself as “not good heart” because she “hear not”. Her childhood is the world of silence where nobody can “see in” to understand her feelings and emotions. Everything changes when she meets Thomas Gallaudet. To save her from the silence, he sets himself on a long voyage to make her “heart glow” for the first time in her life.
The story of developing American Sign Language is wonderfully narrated by Emily Arnold McCu
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Errin Tucker
I gave this story 3 stars because although it was very informative it seemed too be lengthy to get to the main part of the story. It is considered under the genre of Memoirs.

This story basically teaches about how American sign language began.

I thought this was a good story overall because it showed the reader how sign language was brought into America. Many people are unaware of how American sign language began. So this was a very informative story. Many children and people in general can learn
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Nevada Libert
great book. i love how she inspired people to make a school for the deaf and dumb. i love how eager she was to learn and never gave up.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I'd never heard of this girl unitl I read this book. I wonder if she really wore her hair short like that, instead of long and swept up like her sisters? The book describes how Gallaudet went to France to learn more about how to teach Alice, and ended up bringing a deaf French teacher back to America with him and founding the school that became Gallaudet University. I would love to read more about Alice's life. Highly recommended, especially to deaf readers!
Paige
I have only ever heard stories about Helen Keller. How fascinating to learn about Alice and how sign language came to be taught in the US.
Kathy MacMillan
This excellent nonfiction picture book presents what is essentially the “creation story” of Deaf Culture in America. McCully keeps the focus on young Alice, the girl who lost her hearing during a bout of spotted fever at the age of 2, and, by virtue of being the daughter of a wealthy doctor and philanthropist who happened to live next door to minister Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, inspired the advent of deaf education in the United States, and with it, the conditions that spawned American Sign Langu ...more
Josiah
Emily Arnold McCully is consistently one of the best picture book authors that I've ever read. She sensitively brings to light a beautiful story in the pages of My Heart Glow, and does it better than anyone could have expected in the brevity of a picture book.

My Heart Glow tells the true story of Alice Cogswell, a deaf American girl living in the early part of the nineteenth century. American Sign Language hasn't yet been invented, and as was the case with so many smart kids from that time who
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Salima Hart
This book is basically an informative text to show how American Sign Language was created. The story takes place in the 19th Century, when there were no schools for deaf students. The main character, Alice Cogswell, was very smart and had a good relationship with her neighbor Thomas. Thomas noticed how intelligent Alice was but realized that she could not verbally communicate with him. He vowed to find a way for her to communicate. He travels to France and brings back a teacher named Laurent Cle ...more
sweet pea
i love so many of McCully's books. i think she has a knack for taking one into the time period in which the book is set. while it was interesting learning about Cogswell & Gallaudet, two personages i hadn't previously known, i didn't find the book terribly compelling. i think perhaps McCully succeeds more with historical characters she creates. the story itself is interesting and needs to be told. so, i can't put my finger on what left me feeling so unimpressed. perhaps because the last page ...more
Sarah
A sad little story about the establishment of the first school for the deaf in the US, it is aimed at younger children and glosses over some important details. It does have an afterword with more information that might satisfy the curiosity roused by this simple story.
ReadingWench
Most all people know of Helen Keller. Hardly anyone has ever heard of Alice Cogswell. Along with Alice, other students, Laurent Clerc and Thomas Gallaudet, they developed what is now American Sign Language.

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oplkids
The true story of how young Alice Cogswell born deaf and mute caused American Sign Language to be introduced in America. Perfect for youngsters in grades 2 - 4.
Paula
This picture book presents what is essentially the "creation story" of Deaf Culture in America.
Liz
Learned a little more tonight... how American Sign Language came to be. Interesting story.
Andrea Labonte
A great way to learn the true beginning to American Sign language. Awesome book.
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Emily Arnold McCully received the Caldecott Medal for Mirette on the High Wire. The illustrator of more than 40 books for young readers, she divides her time between Chatham, New York, and New York City.
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