An all-round excellent communicator, Phi Beta Kappa scholar Mimi Vance has been honored with the U.S. State Department Meritorious Honor Award for outstanding service, was Summa Cum Laude in her undergraduate program and co-valedictorian in her master's program at Monterey Institute of International Studies in California. A Rotary Foundation International Scholar, she graduated in linguistics study at the University of Nairobi. She has worked at the Ventana Wilderness Sanctuary in Big Sur, California, the African Wildlife Foundation in, Washington DC, the U.S. Department of State, as a general services officer in Bujumbura, Burundi, in the Consular Office in Cape Town South Africa, and as special assistant to U.S. Ambassador Pamela Harriman, as well as other U.S. State Department roles in Paris, Panama, and the United States. Since moving to Houston, she has served as director of Corporate Programs for the Houston Zoo and been an external affairs development officer for Trees for Houston.
Milk and More: Sharing Sign Language with Your Childby Mimi Brian Vance, Rosemarie Gillen
Baby Ellis is hungry, but he can't talk, and neither can his friends BB the Black Bear and Ducky”except, that is, to each other. What can they do? They say it with sign language. Ellis lets his hands do the talking, and soon all their bellies are full. Milk and More is the first Words by the Handful story. This series of children's concept/picture books teaches American Sign Language (ASL) to babies and their families through interactive and entertaining stories. Baby sign language”the use of ASL with preverbal babies and toddlers”is a growing phenomenon. Parents marvel when babies talk long before they can form words, and research confirms that the twos of signing infants are less terrible. The cognitive and developmental benefits of baby sign language are quite impressive. The drive to enhance intelligence in our youngest children is helping baby sign language find its way into the mainstream.
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This had less signs than I would like, but there was a story and happy to see something new to me.
Reviewed by: Kris Quinn Christopherson Synopsis: Baby Ellis is hungry, but he can't talk, and neither can his friends BB the Black Bear and Ducky - except, that is, to each other. What can they do? They say it with sign language. Ellis lets his hands do the talking, and soon all their bellies are full. This series of concept/picture books teaches American Sign Language (ASL) to babies and their families through interactive and entertaining stories. Each story weaves four to five signs into an engaging children's tale. The Words by the Handful stories let parents and children learn sign language together through an activity that is both enjoyable and inherently beneficial: reading together. Overall thoughts: I taught my son the signs for "more", "thank you" and "please" when he was a toddler, and found it valuable. I wish these cheerful books had been available then. The rhyming stories are charming with bright and pleasing illustrations. Each sign taught in the board books are clear, and are performed by a character that the child can easily relate to - BB the Black Bear teaches the sign for bath in three steps. Out of the four books included in the box set, I feel that Milk and More is the most useful in giving children tools to communicate when they want milk or want more of something. The other books are quite clever and do give children communication tools, but in my opinion, the sign for bunny or boat are fun but maybe not as functional in daily interactions with parents. All four books are sturdy for little hands, and are sure to be enjoyed over and over again.