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ISBN13: 9781561452217
ISBN10: 1561452211
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- Author's Note provides historical context for newspapers, deaf workers in the early 1900s, and communicating with American Sign Language (ASL).- Endnote offers illustrated directions for constructing a printer's four-cornered newspaper hat.

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A father and son show their love for each other, as well as their dedication to a craft that creates words and sentences

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A young boy tells the story of his deaf father who loved working as a printer for a major newspaper but was saddened by the fact that his hearing coworkers ignored him because he couldn't talk.--"School Library Journal." Full color.

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Book Dads, December 13, 2009 (view all comments by Book Dads)
The young boy who narrates from this story from the mid-1940s has a father with a very special job: he is a printer, and works with the giant printing presses that print millions of newspapers every day. His father is very proud of his job using his hands to compose type for the presses, and his son is very proud of him too. Each day when the father returns home with a fresh paper, he makes a newspaper hat for his son that the boy wears until bedtime. His father also does something else with his hands: he speaks using American Sign Language. Because the father is deaf, he feels isolated from his hearing coworkers. But he still has many friends at work; other deaf men who also work with the presses since they are not bothered by the noise of the monstrous machines, although they can feel the vibration through the soles of their feet. One day his father notices a fire in the building, and the ensuing disaster becomes an event that brings the deaf and hearing workers together and that makes him a hero.

An underlying theme in The Printer is the love that the father has for his work, and the respect and admiration that evokes in his son. Much has been written in current times about the capacity of modern work to alienate fathers from their children. By contrast, in The Printer the father’s work becomes a way for his son to understand his father better. The paintings by Henri Sorenson that illustrate the story not only evoke the historical period, but also have a dreamlike quality to them appropriate for the story of a memory. The Author’s Note at the end of the book explains the parts of the story that are true and based on the life of the author’s own father. It also explains further about conditions working with the printing presses, the history of deaf people, and American Sign Language including one of the signs used in the book. The end of the book explains the tradition of newspaper hats and gives instructions for making your own.

The Printer is a touching story that is elegantly told, about a hardworking and heroic father as seen through the eyes of his son.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781561452217
Author:
Sorensen, Henry
Publisher:
Peachtree Publishers
Illustrator:
Sorensen, Henri
Location:
Atlanta, Ga.
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Sign Language
Subject:
Social Situations - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Social Situations - Special Needs
Subject:
Family - Parents
Subject:
Fathers
Subject:
Historical - United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Deaf
Subject:
Newspaper buildings
Subject:
People with disabilities
Subject:
Social Issues - Special Needs
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Special Needs
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
no. 814
Publication Date:
20030931
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
Primary
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
1 v. (unpaged)
Dimensions:
11.28x9.81x.38 in. .99 lbs.
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
04-04

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"Synopsis" by , A father and son show their love for each other, as well as their dedication to a craft that creates words and sentences
"Synopsis" by , A young boy tells the story of his deaf father who loved working as a printer for a major newspaper but was saddened by the fact that his hearing coworkers ignored him because he couldn't talk.--"School Library Journal." Full color.
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