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Grade 3-7–Clear color photos and simple text combine to form an excellent introduction to American Sign Language (ASL). The text begins by introducing the alphabet and numbers through sharp, close-up photos of children demonstrating the signs; in some, arrows indicate the direction of the motions. Other chapters introduce the days of the week, senses, feelings, and animals. Many are useful in everyday situations, including the doctor's office, school, and restaurants. The caption for each illustration describes how to form the letter or sign, sometimes offering a suggestion that will help children remember it. For example, the motion for "girl" is explained this way: "Use your thumb to trace your jaw line, or an old-fashioned bonnet string." The brief, final chapters will help children link words and construct sentences. Pages that alternate between white and pastel colors and a variety of fonts provide visual interest. The useful index lists individual words.–Christine A. Moesch, City of Tonawanda Public Library, NY
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*Starred Review* Gr. 4-6. Heller, a master's level teacher of the deaf who has produced sign-language videos, proves she really knows her stuff in this well-designed, well-thought-out book, which delves into the subject with zest and has a subtitle that's right on the mark. Fully captioned color photos of both girls and boys--complete with directional arrows and, where necessary, helpful explanatory notes (signs for life and room combine to create living room)--make discerning signs, even multipart ones, easy to understand as well as remember. The organization is excellent as well. Signs for the letters and numerals through 20 (then by tens through 100) are presented first, followed by topical chapters that demonstrate signs for familiar concepts, objects, and places. Kids will learn days of the week, foods, holidays, clothing, pets, and more. Thanks to a concluding section that simply and clearly explains linking words, word order, and the importance of facial expression in signing, they will also be able to compose simple sentences and express thoughts. Kids will use this guide on their own, and teachers can use it in class. Even readers older than the target audience will come away greatly enriched and informed. Stephanie Zvirin
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (July 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402706723
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402706721
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on July 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is the best book on baby sign language that I have found. My husband and I had looked around for sign language books for our son and this one is far and above anything else out there.

First of all, the choice of vocabulary words is much more extensive than the other books I'd looked though. But even more important, the pictures of the kids signing are very clear. For someone who doesn't know ASL, it takes some getting used to how to make the different signs, and this book makes it very simple.

For anyone out there looking to start their child signing, we've found although it takes a LOT of persistence, it totally pays off. Our 20-month-old son has been signing for about a year and we notice that the number of "meltdowns" he has are much fewer than our friends' kids -- because he can tell us through sign whatever he can't express verbally. This book has been our bible.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By teachermom on September 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My 8-year old uses this book every day to learn new signs. The part with the 'kid slang' signs is great. the photos really help show kids what their hands are supposed to be doing. I would recommend it for anyone whose child (6 and up) is interested in signing.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Granite on November 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The photographs in this book are much easier to follow that the drawings that I've seen in other books. This one also has more signs than other kids books because it's about sign language, not deafness. Best of all, it has a grammer section for ASL that is better than I've seen in ANY signing book, children's or adult's. An excellent choice!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joleen on May 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I wish I had this book 5 years ago with my oldest child. Signing is so easy to learn from this book. The colors are vibrant, the pictures of the kids signing are large enough to actually see, and the categories are relevant to kids(school, home, feelings, favorite foods, animals, etc).!! I would recommend this book to anyone, young or old, who is learning to sign.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Donna LaStella on June 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Lora Heller's book is the best sign language book for kids I've come across. Her pictures and descriptions on how to sign a word are so easy to understand and learn. Her book teaches American Sign Language, not Baby Sign Language which is important to my husband and myself as we not only enjoy teaching our daughter but also enjoy learning it ourselves and are looking forward to continuing. This book has been a great reference guide for us and our 10 month old who just recently signed the words water, more and yes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mart on June 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a WONDERFUL book and an excellent place to begin signing with your baby. Lora Heller is an expert in signing as well as children. I signed with my baby from about 9 months, and he picked it right up. He is now a very advanced talker at 2.5 years of age. He loved signing, and so did I - it gave us a way to communicate before he could talk. I knew what he wanted and what he was feeling/thinking so much more often with signs! I can't say enough good things about it and about Lora Heller.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jess LB on October 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I love this book. It is a great begining sign language book. I bought it so my 19 month old daughter and I could learn together. The combination of the photos and the descriptions of how to make the signs helps even a beginner pick it up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LilaBlue on October 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am mom to a toddler, aunt to a 12 yr old girl and 8 yr old boy, and reading tutor to three kids ages 6, 11, and 15. We all love learning from this book. Heller's Baby Fingers Teaching Your Baby to Sign board books for babies and toddlers have also been great for my toddler.
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