Baby Fingers

Baby Fingers

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by Lora Heller
     
 
Using sign language, babies everywhere are successfully communicating their needs and desires even before they can talk. They are jump-starting their communications and language skills while deepening parent-child bonds. With this adorable board book of simple signs, created by a leading expert in the field who runs her own school in Manhattan, parents can take

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Using sign language, babies everywhere are successfully communicating their needs and desires even before they can talk. They are jump-starting their communications and language skills while deepening parent-child bonds. With this adorable board book of simple signs, created by a leading expert in the field who runs her own school in Manhattan, parents can take advantage of a major new trend—one that’s become so popular it was profiled by The New York Times. On every page, cute babies demonstrate the gestures that mean Mommy, Daddy, love, dog, cat, home, sleep, tired, hungry, music, milk, and banana. And because babies very much like looking at photos of other babies, they’ll have fun even as they learn.
The author lives in New York, NY.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With an opening note that "children who understand sign language tend to have a stronger command of verbal skills," Teaching Your Baby to Sign by Lora Heller invites youngsters to learn 21 everyday words, from "baby" to "mommy" and "daddy" and "love." Each word appears above a photograph of a child demonstrating how to sign the word, along with a one-sentence description of the movement. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Most parents are focusing on helping babies and toddlers learn to talk so there is not a lot of emphasis on learning to sign. The idea here is that babies can get a jump-start on communicating before they start talking by using signs. The pages of this board book show kids making signs for the items that are described in the text. For example, love is shown by crossing the arms across the chest and giving yourself a hug or stretching the arms up over the head to mean reach up or lift me up. It is an interesting idea, but one wonders why this approach would be encouraged over learning to speak out loud. 2004, Sterling, Ages 6 mo. to 2.
—Marilyn Courtot

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402717284
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
08/01/2004
Series:
Baby Fingers Series
Edition description:
BOARD
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
1 - 3 Years

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Baby Fingers: Teaching Your Baby to Sign 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent beginning book for signing! My daughter used this with her daughter beginning at about 5 mos. and by 1 year she was signing almost all of the signs in the book. It greatly decreased her frustration at not being understood, helped her communicate, and made her so smiling proud of herself! I have since bought it for another infant granddaughter. It would make an excellent shower or new baby gift.
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Jookey More than 1 year ago
This book was really engaging to my 2 year old, and my 4 year old wanted to do the signs along with us. It is simple and easy to understand, it makes it easy for you to teach a child the signs and get them to understand them. We love it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I've always found books that show signs through photographs to be more helpful than books full of line drawings. This book is full of helpful photos of signs to help you and your baby communicate. I'd definitely recommend this to moms and dads who want to communicate with their babies through the beauty of sign language.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My toddler loves this book. It has been her favorite since she was 10 months old and started imitating the signs from the photos. We have all three in the series and hope more come out so she can continue signing with the babies in them! The baby I nanny for is starting to sign now too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book that encourages infants to communicate prior to speaking.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Several of my friends have new and young babies or toddlers, so I have purchased a LOT of copies of all three Heller/Baby Fingers sign language board books to give as gifts. My own little one loves these books and is signing all the time! The photos are beautiful, we love learning from these books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, a board book series teaching REAL AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE through photos of REAL kids signing. These are beautiful, and my baby is now signing. So cool.
Guest More than 1 year ago
That all children should learn sign language. This book is a wonderful starting tool and reminder. We us it and Sign Language for Kids (also Heller) at our day care and after school care program.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great because: (1) It teaches American Sign Language words. (If you're going to teach your child to sign, they might as well be learning a real language rather than made up baby signs.) (2) Even if you're not teaching your baby to sign, babies love to look at pictures of other babies. Our daughter LOVES this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like the clear, simple photos of kids making the signs, but I think the book would be better if there was also a picture of the object to help make the connection to the English word. If the child is signing 'cat', there should be a picture of a cat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I keep buying this book as a baby gift for friends. It's our favorite board book!