Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Sign Language ABC by Lora Heller

Anyone who has visited any library in the past week will likely have noticed that the summer reading club is in full swing. The goals of the summer reading club are to strengthen the habit of reading for pleasure, increase children’s reading skills and reduce summer reading loss.  If you haven’t been in, check it out; registration is ongoing, so it’s not too late to sign up your child.

Every so often a unique children’s book catches my eye at just the right time.  Such was the case this past week with a new ABC book for children, Sign Language ABC by Lora Heller.  This is an ABC book that shows the letter, something that begins with the letter, and how to sign the letter. I had always thought that sign language was a method of communication that only applied to the hearing impaired, but this book offers ways of using sign language that I hadn’t thought of:  sharing messages with friends, spelling something top secret, or talk without speaking in a quiet place.   

What a great idea – learning a new skill that will have lifelong benefits, and having fun at the same time.

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