PreS-Gr 2-In both titles, a brown-skinned toddler signs elementary words such as "ball," "sleep," "hot," and "rain" in American Sign Language (ASL). A small box with a clear pencil illustration of the directions for signing the word appears in the corner of each larger picture of the child interacting with Dad and Mom. The bright, simple illustrations outlined in black will be appealing to preschoolers. The note on the back of the books points out, "-a growing number of researchers agree that not only deaf children but also hearing children can benefit from early exposure to sign language, often learning basic signs as early as nine months old, before they learn spoken words."-Olga R. Kuharets, Broward County Libraries, Fort Lauderdale, FL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.