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With Dana Meachen Rau's exceedingly simple narrative and Bari Weissman's lively accompanying illustrations, The Secret Code actually does not demonstrate all that much of a story or plot, but for young children reading on their own or just learning to read , The Secret Code provides a solid, engaging and easily understood introduction to braille. I much appreciate the fact that while Oscar is blind, he is not presented and does not present himself as being all that much different from the res With Dana Meachen Rau's exceedingly simple narrative and Bari Weissman's lively accompanying illustrations, The Secret Code actually does not demonstrate all that much of a story or plot, but for young children reading on their own or just learning to read , The Secret Code provides a solid, engaging and easily understood introduction to braille.

I much appreciate the fact that while Oscar is blind, he is not presented and does not present himself as being all that much different from the rest of his classmates. For really, the only difference is that Oscar reads his books in braille using his hands instead of his eyes ; other than that, he is just like everyone else. Thus, while the author demonstrates that blind children do read differently from sighted children, she also clearly shows that this "difference" is only skin-deep, that first and foremost, Oscar is a typical school-aged child, with many friends, with likes and dislikes.

I generally really do like the set-up of The Secret Code. It is a small and lightweight book, but more importantly, the font, the printed letters, are large and bold, making independent reading easy. The narrative is perhaps a bit too simple and unimaginative for older children and adults, but for young children just attempting to read on their own, it is indeed perfect, short, concise and very simply presented.

Secret Code: And Other Stories

And the only aspect I have unfortunately found somewhat majorly wanting with regard to The Secret Code is the fact that while the braille alphabet is shown and there are more than a few examples of words written in braille, these are not shown using the raised dots of braille. Now in my opinion, it would have been much better and more educational for the braille examples to have also been raised, so that children reading The Secret Code would be able to both see and feel braille.

Regarding Bari Weissman's illustrations, they are fun and bright. Although I would not call them spectacular, they do suit and complement the text and would likely be a hit with the target audience. And I really do appreciate the fact that the illustrations are multicultural, that Oscar's class does not only have Caucasian students, but Asian-American and African-American students as well. Both illustrations and narrative of The Secret Code show an inclusive and accepting classroom atmosphere; everyone accepts one another, and everyone is also most keen on letting Oscar demonstrate his "secret code" to the class.

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View all 4 comments. What I loved most about this book is that the Braille alphabet is shown. I appreciated what the author is trying to do here re explaining to sighted kids how blind kids read differently. It was informative and sort of fun, and I can see kids liking it, but in my imagination I can also think of ways it could be much better. Re the being able to read in the dark vs. So, I liked this book, but for me the story was just okay and I was disappointed that there was no actual Braille in the book. It would have been so easy and natural for the included Braille alphabet to be raised and be able to be read by both sight and touch.

I would have given this book 4 stars had real Braille been included on the Braille alphabet pages. View all 17 comments. Jun 21, Crystal Marcos rated it liked it. A nice, simple, easy to read story about reading in braille. I would have loved it if the book included actual raised braille. The story is about a little boy named Oscar who teaches Lucy his secret code. Children will have fun deciphering the message in braille at the end.

I especially enjoyed reading the author's note and the about the author section.


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I found it interesting that the author's brother is blind and what in particular she boast about that her brother can do that people with sight A nice, simple, easy to read story about reading in braille. I found it interesting that the author's brother is blind and what in particular she boast about that her brother can do that people with sight can not.

Oh, how I wish I had that ability.

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My two year old may not understand the concept of being blind, but it held her interest and she enjoyed the story and the illustrations of the children coloring, reading, and the abc's. This was a Children's Picture Book read for this month's theme, Persons facing physical challenges. View all 25 comments. Jun 26, Dolly rated it liked it Recommends it for: parents reading with their children. Shelves: , childrens , education-school , picture-book-club. I put it on hold early in the month and thought that I hadn't gotten it yet.

It wasn't until today that I realized that we'd had the book for all this time. The size of the book is very small, it's very similar to the reading primers that my youngest had been bringing home from her Kindergarten class to practice This book was featured as one of the selections for the June Persons Facing Physical Challenges discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books group here at Goodreads.

The size of the book is very small, it's very similar to the reading primers that my youngest had been bringing home from her Kindergarten class to practice her reading. So for some reason, I thought this was just an early reader that we'd picked up on a whim at the library.


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Once I realized that this book was indeed the one I'd been looking for, we read it right away. The story was interesting and it's a good introduction to the Braille alphabet. Our girls were fascinated by the description of the "code" and declared that they wanted to learn Braille too.

Like other reviewers, I thought that the publisher missed out on a unique opportunity to teach children more about Braille by not using raised bumps for the code, but I'm sure it was a factor of the cost. In any case, I'm glad that we had the opportunity to read this book! Shelves: blind-visually-impaired. This easy reader is a great way to introduce young children to Braille and the blind.

The Secret Code by Dana Meachen Rau

Would also be handy for families with blind children to have on hand for siblings or playmates! Reviewed in School Library Journal August Apr 26, Taya Bower rated it it was amazing Shelves: exceptionalities. A young boy named Oscar is blind and as excepting as his friends are they believe that his books are secret code. Some of them even begin to feel left out because they can't read this secret code. So Oscar takes a trip to the library and tries to find books written in brail to help teach his friends how he reads. This book is encouraging and helps children understand the struggles that blind people face, yet showing them that they aren't any different then we are.

I think that this book is very A young boy named Oscar is blind and as excepting as his friends are they believe that his books are secret code. I think that this book is very well written and gives a lot of good insight on what it maybe like to be blind. For these reasons I have given this book a 5 star rating. May 02, Jcolatarci20adrian.

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Edu rated it liked it Shelves: character-with-exceptionalities. A you boy named oscar is blind and as excepting as his friends are they believe that his book are secret code. Little did they know that it was only brail. This book encourages children to understand the struggles that blind people face. Nov 28, A Allen rated it it was amazing. I really enjoyed this book.

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I appreciated the information given and the approach used when talking about Braille. Jul 25, Karla Winick-Ford rated it really liked it. Mar 26, Alecia rated it really liked it. Loved that my 1st grader could read this independently and also learn about Braille at the same time. The heroes of these tales all have a strong identification with their people and an unswerving loyalty to their faith.

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