And So, Ahmed Hears

Children - Picture Book
32 Pages
Reviewed on 10/28/2019
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Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite

And So, Ahmed Hears is a picture book story written by Dawn Doig with illustrations by Renee Benoit. Told in rhyme, the story is about a two-year-old boy named Ahmed who doesn’t speak or sing. He also doesn’t seem to hear, which causes him to be knocked down by a swing in the playground and separated from his mother in the market. He can’t hear the sound of the sea in a shell put to his ear or the roar of the surf on the beach as the waves wash away his sandcastle. Ahmed’s mother takes him to see a doctor and an audiologist. They’re able to determine that he has a hearing loss and fit him with an aid that allows him to hear and begins the process of helping him learn to vocalize.

I really enjoyed reading And So, Ahmed Hears. Doig, who is a certified Canadian audiologist turned English teacher, wrote it as a humanitarian project to raise public awareness of childhood hearing loss and the need for early diagnosis. The story is touchingly told and beautifully illustrated. Hearing children will experience some of the frustrations and fears that can accompany undiagnosed hearing loss and they’ll rejoice with Ahmed when he can finally hear the sounds of people and nature. They will also learn that a hearing aid isn’t a point of ridicule or bullying for the child wearing it, but an amazing device that can bring hearing to children who otherwise wouldn't have it. A lovely and informative read for both parents and children.

Gladys Brooks

Nice read for the small people.

Anthony Simmons

Book written with passion and knowledge. Excellent for emerging readers. Lessons on tolerance promotes valuable discussion.

Erika Ruiz

I love this book so much. It gives children hope for being able to hear.


Inspiring and Educational!

I really enjoyed this book with my children. There was such concern for Ahmed and why certain things were happening with him. Finally his Mother realized that he may have a problem with hearing and brought him to be tested. It was very heartwarming to know that Ahmad was not concerned with what people thought of him. He enjoyed life and experiences. I highly recommend!

Patricia Moore

I Really Enjoyed This Book

I really enjoyed this book because it is well written and deals with a child's deafness, which is an unique topic. The illustrations were great! Worth reading!

Aine Moorad

Dawn is an effective story teller. My kids loved hearing about Ahmed's journey to self discovery !

Loved the book. On point and extremely engaging style and choice of words for the little ones. Not to mention, the book opens up a new world to them. A world where they learn about children who are slightly different.

Chinonso Ezuka

And So Ahmed Hears was really an emotional read for me. Its a book of support for every child that is Challenged with hearing loss. Its a book that sensitizes the reader about this underlying difficulty. I'm so thrilled on how the author Dawn Doig was able to combine humor and rhymes to deliver this powerful message of hope and awareness. Dawn's books are must haves in every home, school and library.

Have you got Dawn's collection of picture books yet?

You just cant afford not to. She's an absolutely articulate and intelligent author. She's as leading author when it comes to Children's books.

Kossy Genny okolo

Any form of disability is really a challenge especially for children and for something not easily detected or noticed, it is heartbreaking.
Disabilities just like hearing loss limits a child from the fun parts of growing up and it can be faustrating. These people need love ,special care, attention and patience from those around them to be able to live a happy life. Just like ahmed's mother and brother, they need to be taken care of. Alot of kids might not want to have the hearing aids, so the doctors are very creative for using colorful hearing aids. That way, it will be fun and exciting journey.
You book ma'am is very educating and interesting for those who have kids not just with hearing loss issues but other disabilities.
Thank you ma'am