Deaf heroines in youth albums? There is very little if any. In fact, there has been at least one for two weeks, since the release in bookstore volume 3 of the series Zoulis.
C are illustrated books for children 4 to 8 years are the fruit of professional experience and passion for the writing of the Bromont Monique Loubert. She spent several years working as a speech therapist for deaf children at Polyvalente de Charlesbourg in Quebec City before continuing her career at the Raymond Dewar Institute in Montreal. Mentioning that she speaks sign language (Quebec Sign Language, LSQ) is almost useless.
“In my speeches, I used the illustrated albums as therapeutic means, let the now retired person know. They are all the more relevant to a clientele who has language problems since the visual helps to understand many things. ”
When she retired from the professional world, the native of Saguenay decided to write one, just for fun. In 2015 Tommy and Zachary appeared against the Zoulis , directly inspired by the monsters that the outdoorsman had invented for her boy during their canoe-camping trips. Those she calls in her books are the famous Zoulis, strange creatures that look like trees – which she makes incidentally in stuffed animals.
Volume 2, Petit Zouli wants friends, tells the same story as the first, but from the point of view of Zoulis rather than boys.
Deaf, and after?
The story of the third album, Sophie and Tommy to the rescue of the Zoulis, is very different, but draws its origin in the first two since the two main characters go in search of forgotten objects on the Zoulis Island during their first adventure, lets know the author bromontoise.
This time, however, it is the little Sophie who is put in the foreground. The only deaf person in her family, but ready to assume her difference, she finally gets permission to go out without her sister, who usually serves as her interpreter. “I wanted a strong, courageous heroine, who goes into life. I was inspired by the personalities of three or four girls that I knew when I was working at the Polyvalente Charlesbourg to build his character, “said Ms. Loubert.
Thus, it is her Sophie who takes the initiative to return to Zulus Island. She finds the means to save one trapped. And it is still she who has ideas to improve the lot of all. Despite his disability. “She’s deaf, but so what? ”
Interestingly, the album features a lexicon of some of the basic signs of LSQ, as well as a prologue that not only provides context, but also raises awareness of the common issues faced by deaf people. “[Sophie’s problem] is the attitude of hearing people. Many of them think that she will understand better if we shout after her. Others speak to his sister Nadine instead of addressing her. And many act as if she did not exist, “she says.
“The pedagogue is never far,” admits the author, who admits having “two or three ideas for a fourth album”.
“Maybe Sophie will come back as a heroine with her gang – it’s still an interesting vein – but maybe not, either,” she adds.
For the moment, Monique Loubert is concentrating on the official launch of the last album, which will take place on May 5th at Maison des Dords in Montreal. It is not excluded that he should stay one in the region eventually.