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A First Guide to Baby Signing (Amazing Baby) Spiral-bound – 28 Mar 2008

3.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Spiral-bound: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Silver Dolphin; 1 edition (28 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592235255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592235254
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 22.1 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 530,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Spiral-bound
I would really reccomend getting this book if you are thinking about doing baby signing with your infant.

It has clear sections with tabs - so they are easy to navigate to - for each topic, such as food and drink, outdoors, people, and animals. It has lovely black and white photos as well as written instructions showing you how to make each sign and they are all very well explained and easy to do from the diagrams. The book is also illustrated in colour which nicely adds to the photographs.

It is spiral bound and has a plastic cover. I would say this is a good book to lend to babysitters or family members who would find it helpful when your baby is young if he or she is signing.

It also includes a sign for potty/toilet, making it a great companion for parents doing elimination communication.

Good points: Beautifully illustrated, durable, easy to follow and has a good selection of starter signs.

Bad points: A little big to be carried around 24/7, doesn't have many advanced signs in.

Overall: Fantastic for those who want a quick reference guide or a starting point.
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Format: Spiral-bound
A clear and easy to use book. Some of the signs are different to the ones I have been learning at Tiny Talk, baby signing classes. My son likes looking at all the pictures of the babies in the book.
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Format: Spiral-bound
I returned this book. It wasn't BSL (despite the description implying it was when I bought it), it was in far too much for my needs and generally didn't match my requirements at all. I bought another book instead.My First Signs: BSL (Baby Signing)
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I have not used this product with my granddaughter yet but I am sure it will be a good resource for early communication
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Babies Can Sign 17 April 2008
By Sherry Y. Artemenko - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound
When I was at the International Toy Fair in New York City in February, I stopped in at Dolphin Books and was introduced to their new book on baby signs, A First Guide to Baby Signing. I was impressed because it was authored by a professional who actually works with sign language, Katie Mayne, a teacher of the deaf.

As a language expert at Play on Words, I see parents increasingly interested in teaching sign language to their babies. Sign language provides babies with a way to communicate with hand movements long before their vocal mechanism is ready to say words. Allowing babies and toddlers to express their needs and wants earlier, relieves frustration and gives us a peek into their thoughts and desires.

The author's expertise accounts for the simple but accurate information and inclusion of important tips such as making sure family members and care givers can recognize and use signs too since the purpose is to provide a means for your child to communicate. Her tip to keep background noise to a minimum correlates with research that says babies learn language better in a quiet environment, since they have a harder time distinguishing foreground and background sounds.

The yummy colors and kid-friendly graphics surround captivating pictures of babies and moms signing 44 basic words divided into ten categories from "starter signs" relating to your child's basic needs of hunger and thirst, to "indoor", "outdoor" and "evening" signs. The categories of signs as well as the sequence in which they are introduced are based on language learning while individual signs were chosen to link to earliest speech sounds and words spoken. Step-by-step photographs make learning easy and fun.

Grab this inviting manual and start signing with your child. Your reward will be a gesture of "I love you" far before your child can say the words.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars visually stimulating book- for parents! 22 Sept. 2009
By purplelizard - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound
I love a book with pretty pictures any day- and this gets 10 stars for that! It is a great starter signing book.

The description above says - great for small hands for handling- maybe the other books in their series- not this one, careful with the toddler- you may get pages ripped out here!

There are about 58 signs to learn here. They are organized with tabs to find easily AND has a great index in the back. It is missing a few signs I wanted to learn and teach as "bike", "bubbles" and "blanket"....but you can't have it all! I wish it was in a three-ring binder format and that one can buy additional pages/sets to use/learn if they continue with signing.

If you are serious about the child learning signs- imo- DVDs are great in addition to books! I am also watching "baby signing times" with my non-verbal toddler- visual DVDs are SO helpful!

Overall- great book!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Supplement 17 Jun. 2011
By Mamazabakaka - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound
I've been using the Baby Signing Time Volume 1 and Volume 2 DVDs to teach my grandson American Sign Language since he was 14 months. I ordered this book, as well, and it has become one of his favorite books! He understands that the illustrations show signs and he's mastered them, but his favorite thing about the book is the numbers at the top corner of the pages where the signs are illustrated! I think it's because they're outlined in concentric circles that sets the numbers off and he is nuts about numbers (as well as letters and signing). I bought the book to supplement my own knowledge of sign language and it's beautifully laid out with excellent, simple instructions for each of several rudimentary signs, illustrated by photographs of toddlers and adults making the signs. As a teaching tool, both for adults and children, it's an excellent buy and backs up the DVDs beautifully, although I wouldn't rely on it alone to learn to sign. I would probably have put the book on the shelf and left it there after a few readings except for my toddler grandson's joy in the combination of the circled numbers and the photographs of little ones like himself using the sign language that he loves so much. NOTE: he's not hearing-impaired--just not very good at talking yet--and the signing reduces his frustration at not being able to say what's on his mind. But I'm certain this book would be useful in working with a hearing-impaired child, as well.
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1.0 out of 5 stars poor 24 Feb. 2011
By R. Formica - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
not very many signs in this book. About 8 per page. I would skip this and check it out from the library or better yet, get a more comprehensive signing book from the library. This one is not comprehensive enough for our needs.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 8 Dec. 2014
By Candace M. - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
Great first book to teach young ones signing!
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