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Braille for the Sighted (Beginning Braille) [Paperback]

S. Harold Collins , Jane Schneider , Kathy Kifer
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Jan 1998 0931993954 978-0931993954
An introduction to braille for those who are sighted. Learn the alphabet and numbers to complete a variety of games and activities.


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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Garlic Press (Jan 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0931993954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0931993954
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16.9 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable start 12 April 2007
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The book introduces Braille at Grade 1. It has a few exercises, which do get you to learn and practise what it's teaching you. Within the two dozen or so pages it has, I learnt a lot. However, whilst it includes letters, numbers and capitals, it does not teach punctuation. For me, the most annoying thing about the book was its style: The target audience seems to be middle school pupils.

In short it is useful for Grade 1 Braille learning but it doesn't teach you everything in Grade 1 and its style could be a little off-putting to adults.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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This book was really good fun and had me learning braille in no time. It's fun and easy and very quick to pick up with the help of all the exercises to let you practise your skills. The only fault would be that this book only teaches you grade one braille and the majority of baille edition books are published in grade two braille. Even though this is a very good book if your only looking to learn the basics of braille.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Place To Begin Learning Braille 4 April 2012
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I have it on good authority that this book fits the bill for anyone who is new to the concept of learning braille whilst having some ability to see still. It is well laid out, easy to read and understand; the colourful nature of the book is also something to appreciate. It includes puzzles to complete with the answers displayed at the back of the book. It has the alphabet in braille embossed on the rear cover and pictures to explain the examples that are given in the text. It appears that this book introduces the reader to braille and suggests further reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dots for grown-ups 26 Dec 2012
By focada
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Thought this would be a bit more like a student text than a child's book. Very basic explanation of alphabet plus some exercises. It is ok as a starting point but if you really want to learn braille and not just know some information about it you would need a bigger textbook/handbook.
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188 of 190 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Note the book's subtitle: "Beginning Braille" 15 Feb 2001
By Sean Burke - Published on Amazon.com
As the other reviews note, this is a fun little book that teaches you the alphabet and numbers in (grade-1) Braille, with puzzles showing words in isolation.
But if you buy this, you should bear in mind that that doesn't go very far at all in teaching you to read the grade-2 Braille you'd find in the real world, which is full of contractions and punctuation using dot patterns that this book doesn't even mention.
If you are sighted and want to learn to read Braille, see the book "Handbook for Learning to Read Braille by Sight" or possibly even the book "Instruction Manual for Braille Transcribing", and also look around <[...] and <[...]
69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its an okay book but I'm sure there are better out there. 13 May 2002
By E. Bradley-McCabe - Published on Amazon.com
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It is possible that I will be blind in a few years so I wanted to learn to read Braille. This book has great beginings however the "dots" are not raised and I don't want to learn to read braille by sight. Its an okay but it would be better if the whole book were in actual braille though.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Place To Start 1 Oct 2005
By Caralen - Published on Amazon.com
I think that this book gives one a good place to start learning braille.

However, like other reviewers have mentioned, this is *extremely* basic. The only raised dots on my copy were the alphabet on the back cover.

I think that an improvement to this book would be if there were some pages devoted to raised dots. That way, this book would be an even better and effective way to learn braille.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good first book 9 Aug 2005
By bob - Published on Amazon.com
This book is good for people who know nothing about braile. It only talks about braile grade 1. it sais nothing about braile grade two. Also none of the book is "raised" it is flat so you can't try to learn with your eyes closed. You have to look at it. Only get this book if you know nothing about braile.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No Braille in a book about Braille??? 23 July 2005
By Nikita V. Bernstein - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is to adults who want to learn to read Braille as a pre-school toy car book is to someone who wants to become a mechanic.
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