Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet was used to being left behind. He was a small, sickly child who grew to be small, sickly adult. But Thomas had a sharp mind and, even more important, a great determination to make a difference in the world. He went to Europe to study deaf education. There Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet learned the signs and brought his new knowledge home to America and became principal of America's first shool for the deaf. Thomas helped his students to leave their isolation behind and enter a world of knowing. By Andy Russell Bowen. Illustrations by Elaine Wadsworth. Hardcover. 64 pages.