Can Bears Ski

Raymond Antrobus and Polly Dunbar

Little Bear wonders why his dad keeps asking him “Can Bears ski?” as he takes us through his morning routine and his day in school. But Little Bear is deaf and so, in an age-appropriate way for Key Stage 1 children, this delightful picture book takes us with him as he meets an audiologist, has an audiogram and has hearing aids fitted.

There are few stories that deaf children can identify with, or for hearing children to understand how challenging hearing loss can be, so this book is much-needed. It explains the processes and tests children with hearing loss have to go through with a light touch and with wonderfully big and bold illustrations.

By the end of the story Little Bear discovers that the real question is “Can you hear me?” to which he is delighted to answer “Yes!”. We highly recommend this lovely book – it should have a place on every classroom bookshelf.

Published by Walker Books

Reviewed by Rachel Bolton