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Children's LiteratureSign language is becoming a popular second language, not only to talk with the deaf, but to share secret conversations with friends or to communicate in a noisy place. Vocabulary is depicted in colorful, clear pictures of five different children demonstrating the signs and is arranged by topics such as family, school, animals, foods, feelings, and sports. Each picture includes a caption describing how to make the sign. Some give hints to help you remember the motion such as the sign for bicycle looks like you are pedaling a bike or the sign for understand looks like a light bulb is going off in your mind. The introduction includes a short history of American Sign Language and explains that the language originated in France and that there is a university specifically for the deaf in Washington D.C. The ending chapters deal with practical words, questions, and sentence structure. Words can easily be found using the index at the back of the book, the table of contents or browsing through the topics. This book is a helpful adjunct for anyone (not just kids) who wants to learn sign language. 2004, Sterling Publishing Co, Ages 4 up.
—Janet L. Rose