Maddison N. Davis
In this sequel, Maddie is now six years old and learning English, math, science, and Mandarin Chinese in her multi-ethnic school. Her new language teacher supports Maddie’s special hearing needs and the inclusive learning needs of all the children in her classroom by using facial expressions, body language, and hand movements to immerse them in the Mandarin language and help them understand what she is saying. Maddie also is supported in school by her other teachers, the school nurse, and her parents and friends. Throughout the book, Maddie models strategies and positive thinking that will help her and other children who are “special in a different way” be successful in school (such as keep “eyes on the teacher, make sure to ask questions, and remember to try even if I’m afraid because I am smart and brave!”). The book ends with the idea that the most important language of all is the language of love. Literacy is reinforced throughout the book with illustrations of story characters engaged in reading, writing, and numbering in a school context. A glossary of words in English and Mandarin appears in the endnotes. As with the first book in the series, recommended for a variety of audiences, including children, parents, caregivers, teachers, and interested others.