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Keep Your Ear on the Ball

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Everybody wants to help Davey. Let me open that. Do you want to hold my hand? Davey has one answer for all, Thanks, but no thanks. Davey is blind?and he is perfectly capable of doing everything on his own. His well- meaning classmates stop offering help when they see how able Davey is. They respect his self-reliance?until he tries to play kickball. After several missed kic ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Tilbury House Publishers
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Aug 13, 2010 Eastofoz rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children who would like to know how blind children do things
Recommended to Eastofoz by: Abigail
This is one of the best children’s books I’ve come across about being self-reliant and trying to fit in in what could be perceived as an impossible or extremely difficult situation. Keep Your Ear on the Ball tells the story of a little boy named Davey who’s blind and attends regular public school with sighted children. He does everything the other children do including playing kickball.

The book is well written (though I wasn’t a fan of the water color illustrations) and teaches children that ju
Leanne Proctor
Oct 05, 2013 Leanne Proctor rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book.
Davey is a blind boy whom everyone wants to help. But when they give him the chance to join their kickball team, a child is left trampled on. Working together, all the children figure out the best ways to include him in activities, whilst respecting his unique abilities.
This book is aimed at junior aged pupils and really helps them to identify that people with other abilities can do the same things, but differently. It may be good to introduce this story for citizensh
Lisa Vegan
Mar 22, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
I was very touched by this based on a true story about a new boy in a classroom, a boy who happens to be blind, and wants to be independent and does not willingly accept help; self reliance is important to him. While he can do most things for himself, kickball presents a challenge. How his classmates devise a way for him to successfully participate, and how he learns to accept some level of help, while remaining able to do for himself, makes for a very uplifting story. (Not pertinent to this sto ...more
Shane Prevosto
May 14, 2012 Shane Prevosto rated it really liked it
Keep your ear on the ball
Author: Genevieve Petrillo
Illustrator: Lea Lyon
Publisher: Tilbury House
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 32
Developmental Age: 3rd grade
Themes: helping, blind, teams, self-reliance
Synopsis: After Davey, a blind boy, is new to a classroom all the students want to help him, but all they hear is "thanks but no thanks." When they all go to play kick ball they realize that unlike everything else Davey has a hard time kicking the ball, until they become quite so he can hear the ball to ki
Sep 12, 2013 Kerrie rated it really liked it
This is a short picture book about a boy called Davey who is blind. He is very confident and independent and becomes annoyed wishes the other students are too friendly and offer to do everything for him. He repeats the phrase 'thanks, but no thanks' and it adds to the comical effect in the book, as readers we know what Davey's response will be. Davey wants to be treated the same as everyone else and constantly reminds the other children that he does have other senses and can do the same activiti ...more
Mar 29, 2014 Xana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
I found this book with my kindergartner in the Braille section of our library. She was fascinated by the translucent Braille overlays, and as a new (sighted) reader herself, was interested in the ways differently-abled people can follow a story, and participate in common school activities. The text is a little too advanced for her to read on her own, but she admired the watercolor paintings and could easily follow the personal, repetitive, child-narrator's point of view.
Feb 04, 2016 Salsabrarian rated it really liked it
A positive portrayal of a boy who is blind, with a focus on his abilities rather than his disability. It also depicts kids working cooperatively to find a way to accommodate Davey in kickball games. A good book to kick off discussion about differing abilities.
Cristina Rodriguez
Davey is a third grader who is blind. His fellow students and friends are always asking Davey if he needs help doing everyday tasks, and Davey also insists that he is perfectly able to do everything that everyone else can do. His friends and fellow students realize that he is, in fact, able to do everything that everyone else can do. One day, when Davey and his classmates play kickball, Davey is not as good as the other kids. He keeps missing the ball, and initially, while the other kids don't w ...more
Teri Weaver
Mar 13, 2010 Teri Weaver rated it it was amazing
A new student who “looked like every other new kid,” a “regular kid,” is actually blind. When students discover this, they attempt to help Davey do everything such as throw away his garbage at lunch, and investigate the classroom. Davey responds, “Thanks, but no thanks at least a hundred times.” By reading this simply illustrated book in a classroom, students can be introduced to the idea that people with disabilities want independence. When Davey runs into a problem because he cannot run the ba ...more
Eva Leger
Oct 24, 2010 Eva Leger rated it really liked it
Recommended to Eva by: library
Shelves: julias-books
We read this today after getting it through the (newly redone!) inter-library loan. Julia wasn't as eager to read it as I would have hoped but maybe I didn't present the book as well as I could have.
The illustrations are unclear and lacking a little and I think it's harder for Julia to get into a book right now with this type of art.
The story itself is nothing if not uplifting. Others have already gone through the story line so there's no sense in doing that again. I will say it's worth reading
Jan 17, 2016 Meredith rated it it was ok
Why did the illustrator not redo the picture of him storming across the playground?

Ok for a classroom that might be getting a blind student.
Debby Baumgartner
Jan 21, 2016 Debby Baumgartner rated it did not like it
Story of how a class incorporates a blind boy into their ball games at recess.
Stacey B.
Jun 02, 2016 Stacey B. rated it liked it
read for my diverse children's literature class
Pamela (Lavish Bookshelf)
May 10, 2012 Pamela (Lavish Bookshelf) rated it it was amazing
Based on true events, Keep Your Ear on the Ball is an inspiring story of kids coming together to solve a problem when their blind classmate can’t see the ball. By creatively using a whistle, the kids help their friend learn the joys of a good kickball game. This book is short and easy to read, but the message is powerful and uplifting. The "Teachers Take Note" webpage on the publisher's website includes internet links to the National Federation for the Blind as well as information on Seeing Eye ...more
This is a great book about a boy with a disability who wants everybody to stop trying to help him so much. He wants his classmates to see that he is just as able as they are, until they decide to play kickball and he might need just a little help. This is a great book that I hope to one day have in my classroom.
May 01, 2010 Karissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
This is a really great story about a new kid in the class who looks like every other kid but is blind. This would be good to read if you have students with special needs in your class. It lets other children know that students with special needs can do things in their own unique way.
Meh. The message of giving and accepting help is nice, but the illustrations didn't stand out at all to me. I also didn't find it believable that all the kids in the class would instantly want a blind boy on their kickball team.
Fantastic book about Davey, a blind boy, who doesn't need help, he just wants to do things for himself. With a few ideas from his classmates, he joins in and has fun playing kick ball.

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Kelsi Bowman
This is a book about a little blind boy who is in a general education classroom. The boy doesn't like it when his classmates try to do everything for him, he likes to be independent.
Nick Cherry
Great book to use for a classroom discussion with students on how they could help out in their class if they had a new student who was blind.
Ali Werner
Davey is the new blind student in school. His classmates learn not to do the work for him, but to be his mentors instead.
Ariel Rudicel
Apr 27, 2013 Ariel Rudicel rated it really liked it
Great way to show how different people can do things differently, but can still do it.
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I am an elementary school teacher-turned-author/poet.

My book, Keep Your Ear on the Ball is based on an incredible year I spent teaching David, a blind child in my sighted 4th grade classroom. It's difficult to tell who learned more - David, his classmates, or ME!

I love, love, love visiting schools and libraries to talk to kids about writing. Being an author/poet is a blast!

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