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Baby Signs for Animals (Baby Signs (Harperfestival)) Board book


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Baby Signs (Harperfestival)
  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: HarperFestival (January 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060090758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060090753
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Linda Acredolo is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of California at Davis and an internationally recognized scholar in the field of child development. Based upon research conducted with collaborator Dr. Susan Goodwyn and funded by the National Institutes of Health, she and Dr. Goodwyn co-authored the best-selling book entitled BABY SIGNS: How to Talk With Your Baby Before Your Baby Can Talk, and founded the Baby Signs Institute. Continuing their mission to bridge the gap between research labs and family living rooms, Drs. Acredolo and Goodwyn published two additional bestselling books for parents, Baby Minds: Brain-building Games Your Baby Will Love and Baby Hearts: A Guide to Giving Your Child an Emotional Head Start. Dr. Acredolo serves on the Advisory Board for PARENTS Magazine and is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society.


Penny Gentieu is a professional and fine art photographer. Her photographs have been exhibited and published worldwide and she has to her credits over 150 magazine covers, including Time, Life, Newsweek, and Parents. She is the author of five books including Wow! Babies! which was named the Parent's Magazine Best Board Book of the Year

Susan Goodwyn, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the California State University at Stanislaus, received her Masters of Science with First Honors from the University of London and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Davis. Based upon research conducted with collaborator Dr. Linda Acredolo and funded by the National Institutes of Health, she and Dr. Goodwyn co-authored the best-selling book entitled BABY SIGNS: How to Talk With Your Baby Before Your Baby Can Talk, and founded the Baby Signs Institute. Continuing their mission to bridge the gap between research labs and family living rooms, Drs. Goodwyn and Acredolo published two additional bestselling books for parents, Baby Minds: Brain-building Games Your Baby Will Love and Baby Hearts: A Guide to Giving Your Child an Emotional Head Start.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Lagrou on October 26, 2006
Format: Board book
Checked out this book for my 1 year old son and he loved the real pictures of kids and animals. However, I was disappointed because the signs are NOT American Sign Language signs. We ended up looking at the pictures in this book, while doing the ASL we already knew. I would recommend the baby sign books by Kim Votry and Curt Waller instead as they use real ASL.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chilling Out on January 2, 2006
Format: Board book
I got this book out of the library when I first started looking into signing with my son. The book's pictures are very engaging and fun and my son really enjoyed looking at this book which is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 3.

I was really dissapointed though when I found out that many of the "signs" used in this book aren't the actual American Sign Language signs. I wanted to use ASL signs with my son so he could communicate not only with me, but others outside of my family, but this book has made up gestures for many of the pictures in it. Luckily I had only been showing my son the "signs" in this book for a short while so I quickly replaced them with the actual ASL ones, but I was upset that this book didn't clearly indicate anywhere that the signs in it were made up gestures and not ASL. For children's board books with ASL I would recommend the Garlic Press "First Signs" and others in the series. If you are looking for a cute and engaging board book for your baby though this one fits the bill, just if ASL is important to you show the ASL signs to your baby instead of the made up gestures in the book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dianna G. Narotski on June 8, 2004
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My favorite of the series is the "My first signs" book, as it gave our baby her start on signing. This one is a close second. Our daughter's always been enchanted by animals, and she loves to look at the pictures of the animals in the book. Some of the signs are a little confusing to her (she won't do horse, cow, mouse, or butterfly (she thinks butterflies are flowers no matter how much we sign "butterfly" to her))
But she loves to look at the pictures and do the signs for the rest of the pages. She does like to look at the pictures of the signs she doesn't do yet. Once she started to get the idea of signing animals, I've had to invent new signs for zoo animals and other animals not in the books! (camel, which she loves to sign, is pretending to spit, btw).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 2003
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We got this book at the library and my 16 month old loves it so much I'm going to buy it for her. She learned how to make the signs in just a few days and loves the book so much she is contantly bringing it to me. She always want to look at the pictures and gets a fantastic smile on her face. Then she kisses the the photos. Very cute.
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By Ron L on March 12, 2014
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The couple never saw anything like this and was very interested. They are having twins and felt like this would be really fun to teach them and really fun when the twins get to sign to each other. It was a great gift for the shower.
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My son loves the Baby Signs books by Linda Acredolo. I highly recommend the Baby Signs for Bedtime and the Baby Signs for Mealtime. These two books have very clear hand gestures and examples of the objects/functions. I thought the Baby Signs for Animals hand gestures were not as well photographed and therefore harder to replicate. I thought the signs for mouse, horse and cow were especially poor.
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These books in the Baby Signs series are simple, showing pictures of children doing the signs, and the item, action or animal as a life-like image, as opposed to a cartoon. My only issue with them is that they are not real sign language. Maybe a variation of baby sign, but not true ASL. My child is not hearing-impaired, and I am learning sign language along with her, so I am by no means a strictler for ASL, but again, many of the variations have nothing to do with the ASL signs, they aren't even modified, just some silly made up sign. In that case, why even buy the book, just go out and make up your own signs, no one will be able to communicate with your child except you, but hey, if that is what you are going for, BUY THIS BOOK! If not, you may want to keep looking. I bought used versions from this series so I won't be returning them. If you made the same mistake I did, take heart in knowing that you can still use the pictures and then show your baby the real signs, which is what we have been doing.
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By Sadie Hawkina on September 14, 2012
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My 15 month old son absolutely loves this book! He knows all the signs and is not starting to pronounce the sounds each animal makes ! I will be getting him the entire set for Christmas !
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