Item description for My First Signs by Annie Kubler...
Overview Shows how to sign thirty-five basic words in American Sign Language, such as house, cat, and mother, using illustrations of children and arrows.
Publishers Description Children are able to communicate by signing before they develop the skills necessary for speech. By teaching sign language to children from as young as seven months we can help them to convey their emotions and their needs. This first signing guide for hearing and deaf children contains over forty key signs. Designed for parents and carers to share with babies, with it's simple and clear instructions and endearing illustrations, this book is an ideal introduction to signing. A helpful tip is given at the bottom of each page to help beginners get started. Makaton compatible.
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Booklist - 05/15/2005 page 1662
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.5" Width: 10.5" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Binding Board Books
Release Date Mar 31, 2005
Publisher Child's Play International
ISBN 1904550398 ISBN13 9781904550396
Reviews - What do customers think about My First Signs?
Beautifullly illustrated "My First Signs" board book... Apr 19, 2008
I bought this board book for my niece's 2nd birthday. She is neither deaf nor hard of hearing, however, she does have a slight delay in terms of verbal communication. My brother and sister-in-law have taught her a few signs, which she uses with enthusiasm. When I saw this book, I was excited because I thought it would expand on what she already knows and help her as she develops her communication skills.
The book is beautifully illustrated, so colorful and really nice to look at. Each baby is pictured using a different sign and next to the picture is a brief description of what the sign is (and how to make it). The descriptions are very easy to understand.
I was not aware when I bought the book that it uses British signs but that does not bother me (since my niece only uses signs to communicate with her parents and family). If she did need sign language to communicate with the rest of the world, then that fact would bother me since I'd want consistency for her. Otherwise, I think this book is a nice tool for developing babies.
Great Introduction! Apr 11, 2008
I intorduced this book to my son at 9 months old and he loved it from the very beginning. He loved the illustrations and how big it was. We liked to prop the book on the couch and practice together. I understand that some of the signs might be different than ASL, but I think to argue over that is missing the point. This book is meant as an INTRODUCTION. It is meant to just get your kids to understand that they can sign as a form of communicating and its fun. My son quickly learned all the signs from this book and we have since had to move on to more advanced books. But he still loves to pull it out everyonce in a while for some reason and go back over it. I think its the illustrations. Since buying the book I have bought more books by the author and illustrator. He loves those too.
Good start Mar 27, 2008
This is a good start to ASL for very young babies. Illustrations are easy to understand. Only drawback is the number of words in the book. You will have to invest in a book with more words before long.
A good start Nov 1, 2007
I think this is a great starter book if you just want to teach your baby basic signs. I am hard of hearing and use ASL every day with my baby, husband and friends. I received this book as a gift and its been fun for my daughter to look at (Plus, it has tips on the bottom of each page of how and when to teach your baby. example: "Repetition is very important. Use every opportunity to sign. Be patient and don't get frustrated. This should be fun!"). I am puzzled at the review about it being BSL, because I didn't see any BSL signs in there. Perhaps there are two versions, but all the signs in my book are ASL (I know, I double checked, ha). But it IS meant to be for babies, basic and simple. Its for the basic point of giving you the ability to communicate with your child. Even when they start signing they'll start doing it their way. But YOU will understand what they are saying and that is whats important. It may not even look like the real sign for a while, but they'll get it eventually. Its great to avoid the frustration of not understanding what my daughter wants, because she knows some of these basic signs. If you want to continue teaching your baby signing, or want a book that teaches more than just basic baby signs ( and it is very centered around ASL), I'd recommend: "Sign With Your Baby" by Joseph Garcia.
Very Cute Book! Sep 11, 2007
My two year old Loves it. In just three weeks he has learned 10 signs.