I am five years old and just learning to read. When I picked up this book, the first thing that I did was to try and follow the sign-language pictures. The sign language pictures were like a game to practice as Mom read the book to me. The pictures were easy enough to follow by myself and I remembered a few of the signs after reading the book one time. The rest of the book was simple and easy to follow. When Mom asked me, I told her I liked the pictures best but I also like to try out the sign language.
Anastasia Graves, Age 5, Richmond Hill, Ontario
Told in rhyme, the seven-day story of creation is beautifully depicted in this small, attractive book. Told in both American Sign Language and English, the words lend themselves to a friendly readaloud. Although small (only 7.5 x 6 inches) the Sign Language directions make this book a terrific, interactive library storytime.
Catholic Library World
Children will love to look at the pictures and to learn the signs while at the same time gaining a deeper appreciation for God’s act of creation.
Deacon John Audia is one of those creative and dedicated men of the Church who combine deep understanding of the faith with a lively ability to express it in word and in sign. As Episcopal liaison to the National Catholic Office of the Deaf, I am particularly proud that one of the deacons of the Diocese of Rockville Center has produced such a fine book for young children who are hearing impaired. I heartily recommend this as an innovative and creative way to help children learn the foundational stories of our faith. This book should have circulations far beyond the deaf community to all those who communicate to children both in word and in sign.
Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop of Rockville Centre
Beautiful in its simplicity, this age old story appeals to all in sign and sound. Signs are easily copied opening the story to deaf and hearing alike, while the simple rhymes are pleasing to the ear. A tiny treasure for introducing young children to the wonders of creation! Parents and teachers of deaf children will welcome this addition to the field of catechetics.
Sister Joan Mary Finn, OP, Coordinator, Pastoral Ministry with the Deaf Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York
This is a delightful book for all children, deaf as well as hearing. The rhyming text and the accompanying signs and illustrations will be a big help for anyone working with deaf children as well as children with language and communication impairments. It really is a beautiful expression of creation as God's sign language of love. Let's hope it becomes the first book of a series!
Fr. Thom Costa, Diocesan Chaplain with the Deaf Glen Cove, New York