Ideas that add up #2

Ideas that add up #2

Based on in-depth interviews with more than 300 families, “Far from the Tree” is brought to life by its intimate domestic voices, many of them people who ended up falling in love with children they never knew they wanted. Megan Williams hired a sign teacher who moved in with the family after her son, Jacob, was born deaf and she learnt that the biggest curse of deafness is illiteracy. Jacob became adept at communicating not just with his family, but also with other deaf people. At five, he signed to his mother, “Am I deaf”? When she said yes, he went on: “I wish you were deaf.”

Review of “Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the search for Identity” in The Economist, Dec 22nd 2012

Out of the blue a few simple words can jerk a tear from the corner of your eye. This one for anyone whose heart has ever melted for a five-year-old.

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