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Sky, the Deaf Home Run Hero is a children's picture book by Mickey Carolan. Here, we meet Sky. He is a boy from a small town in Michigan who won't let being deaf stop him from doing what he loves most. So every day after school, Sky grabs his baseball bat and glove and heads to the park to practice his swings. Deep inside, Sky knows he has a superpower that not many have. Not hearing allows him to focus on the ball better, and thus he can hit more home runs. But Sky has a problem. He can't communicate very well verbally to stop the bullies from bothering his brothers, and even sometimes stealing his youngest brother's baseball. So how can Sky use his superpower to stop the bullies? Read this book to find out.
According to studies, only a tiny percentage of children who have experienced bullying, both with and without disabilities, have come forward to report it. This might happen because of fear, where the child may feel responsible or blame themselves for the abuse, or because they believe others will regard them as weak, or because they are unaware they are being bullied. Mickey CaroIan's Sky, the Deaf Home Run Hero is a clever way to introduce kids to what it means to be bullied, the importance of reporting it, and how they can stand up for themselves. Sky's story is written simply, making it easy for young readers to follow along. He is a likable, well-developed character and a good role model for kids struggling with self-esteem and bullying. He is determined and clear about his desires, exhibiting resilience, confidence, and bravery at every turn. Also, through Sky's captivating story, young readers will learn valuable lessons like the power of lending a helping hand and the importance of friendship and strong family bonds.