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My First Signs: BSL (Baby Signing) [Board book]

Annie Kubler
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1 April 2004 Baby Signing
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 40 key signs. Designed for parents and carers to share with babies, with its 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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  • Board book: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Child's Play (International) Ltd (1 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904550045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904550044
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Signing guide to 40 key words. Childlike lovable illustrated characters depict the signs throughout this large board book. A helpful description on hand shapes and movements accompanies each sign. (Under 5 Magazine 2005-04-01)

When babies cry, you don’t always know what they want – but they may be able to tell you. Babies can coordinate their hand muscles long before they can speak and, if they learn simple signs, they’re able to convey their needs from as early as eight months. It’s a system called 'baby signing', and it’s been popular in the US for years. It can also help your child to speak earlier and use a larger vocabulary. And as it’s based on British Sign Language, you’re learning a lifelong skill. Parents and babies can learn at classes (visit or through books such as 'My First Signs', £4.99, a dictionary of simple words, and 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star', one of four Sign & Sing-Along books by Annie Kubler. For more information visit (SHE magazine 2004-08-01)

For those who would like to give it [Baby Signing] a try in the privacy of their own home, ‘My First Signs’ is the perfect answer. This is a beautifully illustrated dictionary of over 40 key signs to teach your baby. Not only does it clearly demonstrate the gestures but also uses adorable illustrations that are pleasant to look at. The book is a large glossy board format so it’s easy to prop up in front of you and your child. Each picture is accompanied by simple instructions on how to make the sign. The signs are based around British Sign Language as this is the standard sign language used by baby signers, it’s important that baby signs can be understood by others. It is felt that children as young as eight months can be taught to sign and the book also suggests teaching a few signs to any additional carers that your child may come into contact with, such as a childminder or babysitter, and even older siblings. At just £4.99 this book is not a huge investment and may avoid tempers fraying in those early years. (Harpenden and District NCT Newsletter 2004-12-01)

If this book had been available when I looked into the issue [of baby signing] the first time, I would not have hesitated to buy it. I intend to try and use it for baby number two when I consider that he/she is old enough to be able to communicate using signs. The book is produced in a board format so there are no pages to rip. It is bright and colourful, perfect for sitting down and looking through with children. There are excellent illustrations of babies which clearly show them making the action of the sign, but there is also a small written description of the sign in case you are not 100% sure of the action being demonstrated. At the very bottom of the page there is one line which provides a handy hint for the parent, such as only introducing three or four signs to start with and which ones are likely to be most successful. There is no long spiel in it about the background of baby signing, which most of us would happily admit that we don’t need to read. The book is really simple to use, just ten minutes of flicking through the book, reading the hints on starting to sign and then learning the first couple of signs yourself is all it takes. (Eastleigh & District NCT 2004-11-01)

When asked to review a book about baby signing I was filled with trepidation! The usual textbooks (I use the term loosely) are quite uninspiring and mostly aimed at the parent or carer and not the child. On seeing ‘My First Signs’ I was pleasantly surprised, it is in colour (my previous experience of signing books being dreary and in black and white). It is illustrated with cartoon-like pictures that really appeal to children and adults alike. The little text there is explains how to perform the sign in an easy manner. The book is designed to be read with your child, not just as a reference. Emily and I had great fun looking at it together. I read out the signs and she showed me them, appearing to look at the pictures and copy what she saw. The signs she didn’t know, she grasped quickly by copying the pictures. I particularly like the fact that each picture is a full scene e.g. bathtime, so that we can talk about each picture and use the appropriate sign. Although it doesn’t have a comprehensive list of signs it does contain the common ones for everyday use such as milk, food, more and drink. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone interested in starting to sign with their baby and those who have been signing for a while. I just wish that we had obtained a copy at the start of our signing days! (Julia Gilbert Romsey & District NCT Newsletter 2004-11-01)

These are absolutely gorgeous – a must for any new parent. We only got as far as ‘eat’, ‘drink’, ‘more’ and ‘finished’ with Amy (now 3) – if only we’d had these lovely books we’d still be signing today! The robust board format with wipe clean pages will stand up to lots of reading and exploration by parents and babies alike. The illustrations are bright, clear and quite enchanting – not only will Mum and Dad be able to learn the signs quickly and easily, but the characters are very engaging for small minds. My First Signs runs through all the early signs centred around food and drink, then moves on through subjects like bath and bedtime, playtime, outdoor fun, behaviour and health ending very sweetly on ‘I Love You’. You will probably find that some of the signs come naturally – like the pointy ears for ‘rabbit’ or the charades mime for ‘book’ – but some are less obvious, but incredibly useful – like ‘ill’ and ‘medicine’. Alongside the individual signs, you are also reminded of how to teach each of them to your baby and given encouragement not to worry if they creatively adapt signs for their own benefit! So long as you both know what the sign means, that’s all that matters! The nursery rhyme Sign & Sing-Along quartet offers you the chance to expand your signing vocabulary through song. Most of us instinctively use hand signals through ‘Twinkle, Twinkle’ or ‘Incey Wincey’, but here they are taken a little further, signing the words and concepts rather than just the twinkly stars and finger diamonds. These are beautifully crafted books that are sure to become long-standing family favourites – and they also offer a wonderful start to your baby’s communication skills. (Byfleet and District NCT Newsletter 2004-09-01)

Babies communicate in gestures long before they learn to talk, so baby signing is a great way to communicate with your baby. Babies from as young as seven months can 'talk' to you through signs and this book is an excellent introduction. A well-presented board book, this contains signs for over 40 key words. Lovely illustrations of babies make this a most attractive book to share with your baby, while learning the signs. The signs are based on British Sign Language and are suitable for deaf and hearing children; they are also Makaton compatible. Each colourful page has useful tips along the bottom.There are lots more signing books published by Child's Play, so there are plenty of opportunities to extend this early learning. (Parents In Touch 2011-03-24)

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216 of 219 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Want to know which signs are covered? 28 Aug 2009
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
We bought this book as we are planning to do signing with our baby. This book has lovely illustrations and is very clear. We also bought 'Let's sign, Early Years' as were unsure how many signs were covered in 'My First Signs'. Given that we are likely to just dabble in signing 'My First Signs' will probably be enough.

Thought others might like to know which signs are covered:

milk, drink. eat, biscuit, more, hot, all gone/finished, dirty, nappy, wash, toilet/potty, bath, sleep/bed, hug/cuddle, dad/father, mum/mother, hurt, where, ill/unwell, medicine, teddy bear, ball, baby/doll, aeroplane, book, out/outside, walk, cold, car, home/house, dog, cat, rabbit, bird, please, thank-you, sorry, well done, good, no/stop, I, love, you

So, plenty to get you started in just 12 pages!
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102 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow.. this really works! 1 Dec 2006
Format:Board book
My baby twins have just turned one, and after half hearted attempts at signing with them for the past few months, they have just started joining in! It is so amazing to realise that they really understand even though they are so tiny, and already it's stopping tantrums when i know what they're actually asking for. This week they were able to ask their Grandma for milk! They love being understood and are really proud of their achievements. The book itself is brilliant, really good to look at, and easy to understand; the babies enjoy sitting and 'reading' it... having now been totally converted to baby signing, I'm ordering the rest of the set, and am determined to do more with them. Commend the BSL approach, as it makes sense to give them a basis with which to communicate with others later in life, rather than use ASL, effectively a `foreign' language. Highly recommended.
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful book 9 April 2006
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
This book is nicely illustrated, and makes a good attempt at demonstrating sign language. It is in British sign language, which fits in with the baby signing classes I've been doing.
It can sometimes be difficult to decipher the signs, even though I have done a term of classes. I think a DVD to go with it would be a great idea.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to begin with ... 10 Sep 2006
Format:Board book
For just under 5 this book gives you everything you need to start signing with your baby. It is quite a large board book and has drawn pictures of babies doing the signs in it. Next to the picture are written instructions on the movements necessary. I can only recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 14 Dec 2007
Format:Board book
Simple, clear, best baby signing book on the market.

It's beautifully illustrated.

Good value.
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57 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!! 1 Dec 2004
Format:Board book
This book is easy to use, and looks the part so your young children and babies are interested. My 3 year old loves going through the signs with me. Highly recommended, along with the other song books by the same people.
It has now got me interested to know more, so I would now love a volume 2 please!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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The British edition of this book is out of print (and selling for a small fortune on eBay), so you may wish to check which edition of the book you are buying, if buying on Marketplace. We bought the American edition by mistake, which has American Sign Language rather than British Sign Langauge. This was not made explicitly clear in the listing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's OK but doesn't cover much... 29 May 2011
By Roger
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
It's a pretty "baby" book, but it doesn't really cover many signs. It is styled like a book you would want to read with your baby with thick pages, etc, but with such a small vocabulary, it isn't that useful. That said, it is quite cheap...

If you do want to teach your baby to sign, expect to buy another book as well as this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautiful pictures, well made book
Published 5 days ago by Vicky Mercer
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
A great book to get you started with BSL. Learn along with your baby and i can recommend this to everyone, its a skill that is certainly very useful for children to have.
Published 12 days ago by SiFocusUK
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
Good book which has many signs for the family to learn together, so baby can communicate too.
Published 19 days ago by Toni W
5.0 out of 5 stars fab
Me and my husband use the book to show our daughter signs for words, it's colourful to so she can look at all the pictures
Published 1 month ago by Becksta
4.0 out of 5 stars good good
brought this to start little ones young and it worked i could communicate with babies would reccomend to friends and family
Published 1 month ago by jiilian moulds
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy book for learning with babies
This is a great started book for learning everyday things, hopefully we can continue learning with my 1 year old daughter. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Leigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Lerner
It's a large book with clear pictures and instructions. Even of the child does not make the signs she understands them. Like with all repetition is the key
Published 2 months ago by Gonzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book
I bought this book for my son. It is so easy and clear to use. My son was signing language easily within a few months. Read more
Published 2 months ago by shazz
5.0 out of 5 stars good guide to the basics
Great book if you are interested in teaching your baby a few basic signs. Simple and easy to understand graphics.
Published 3 months ago by BC
5.0 out of 5 stars Great idea!
We started using a couple of signs from quite early on, and our daughter started to sign 'drink' at about 9 months. She can also sign for 'milk' now as well. Read more
Published 4 months ago by JayneB
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