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It is tough to be a deaf kid. Why can't he speak right, why can't he hear right? Fernando and his Llama is the story of a d/Deaf boy from Colombia who moves to Canada. Because he’s deaf, Fernando struggles to keep up with what the teachers are saying. The hearing aid he uses is not always the most reliable device and kids always make fun of him for wearing it. He really wants to learn sign language but the school he attends says they don’t have the resources.
Then Fernando meets the Llama (puppet) who is also deaf and they become fast friends. They feel an instant connection because they understand each other. Fernando and Llama go on a search for the llama’s family. On their journey they meet three different farmers who don't know how to communicate with the deaf boy, but they both find a way to communicate to reunite the Llama with his family.
Fernando and his Llama teaches different kinds of signs for animals and how to appropriately talk to deaf people, like not yelling or covering your mouth.
Fernando and His Llama is written by Juan Jaramillo