Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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What do you think? If deaf people were increasingly to live in their own communities, like Laurent, would that be a good or a bad thing -- for the deaf, and for the hearing? Wouldn't there be more benefit in routinely teaching Sign to hearing kids in early childhood?

It's interesting to me how politicized this issue has already become, with talk of benefits, multiculturalism, and whatnot. Because on a very basic level, I just think this idea is neat.

Perhaps I'm thinking too much like a tourist (and betraying my lack of understanding of deaf people in the process), but I'd love to visit Laurent once it's established. It sounds like it will be a fascinating, different place. I'll probably feel extremely stupid when I do visit it, but I'm looking forward to it nonetheless.

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