Let's Sign: Every Baby's Guide to Communicating with Grownups

Let's Sign: Every Baby's Guide to Communicating with Grownups

by Kelly Ault
     
 

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Is your baby hungry or tired? Does she have a tummy ache or does he just need a diaper change? It’s easy to know when you and your baby learn to sign together.

Studies show that babies who sign develop increased vocabularies, experience less frustration, and begin to speak earlier. These short stories, playful pictures, and clear instructions are

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Is your baby hungry or tired? Does she have a tummy ache or does he just need a diaper change? It’s easy to know when you and your baby learn to sign together.

Studies show that babies who sign develop increased vocabularies, experience less frustration, and begin to speak earlier. These short stories, playful pictures, and clear instructions are practical for parents and fun for older siblings. Let’s Sign! is designed to help you more fully enjoy mealtime, playtime, bedtime, and other daily activities with the baby in your life.

Editorial Reviews

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"This sturdy picture book deserves a place in every library serving preschoolers. . . . A winner all around." –School Library Journal School Library Journal
Children's Literature
"Mealtime," "Playtime" and "Bedtime" are covered with a simple story line for each "time" of day. The stories are accompanied by clear illustrations that demonstrate the appropriate American Sign Language signs for these important "times" in the life of a baby/toddler. The book begins with an introduction for parents, with suggestions about how to approach communicating with their children using ASL. Often "signing for baby" books recommend using made-up signs instead of the actual ASL signs. I agree with the author that "By learning ASL, rather than a modified version of baby sign language, your baby is also being introduced to another viable language which he or she can continue to build upon." The instructions for executing each sign are well written, and the illustrations reinforce the described actions. It is challenging to create appealing pictures to show how to position fingers and hands for signing, but Landry succeeds in making his little characters look adorable while teaching/demonstrating the signs. The index makes it easy to look up particular words, and the ASL alphabet is included (with specific instructions) in the back matter. Many children are frustrated during the pre-verbal stage with their attempts to express their needs. Learning to sign can be a great relief to children, parents, and caregivers. Having learned a few signs to communicate with friends, I can see how easy it would be to learn from this book. 2005, Houghton Mifflin, Ages all.
—Sheilah Egan
School Library Journal
PreS-This sturdy picture book deserves a place in every library serving preschoolers. After a brief and informative introduction that details the benefits of using sign language with babies, Ault presents three simple stories: "Mealtime," "Playtime," and "Bedtime." Each one follows a child through a daily activity, with the details of the story appearing on the verso of each spread. For example, "Diego's grandma brushes his teeth" faces a description of one or two associated signs on the right-"grandma," "brush teeth." Landry's pencil-and-watercolor illustrations are child-friendly, and his depictions of the signs are both appealing and informative-a rare feat. The signs are well chosen to reflect a child's world, and, unlike the many so-so baby sign books on the market, this one actually depicts American Sign Language. A handy index of signs makes this a great reference as well. A winner all around.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618507740
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/24/2005
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
1 - 3 Years

Meet the Author

Kelly Ault is a designer and former managing editor of the Horn Book Guide, a children's book review journal. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and their son.

 

Leo Landry is the author and illustrator of Grin and Bear It, Eat Your Peas, Ivy Louise, and Space Boy. He lives with his wife and daughter in Easton, Massachusetts. For more information, visit http://www.leolandry.com/.

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