Cover image for Moses sees a play
Moses sees a play
Millman, Isaac.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Moses and his classmates, who are deaf or hard of hearing, attend a play at their school, and Moses makes a new friend from another class.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.1 0.5 76342.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

On Order



A lively performance by the Little Theatre of the Deaf

Actors from the Little Theatre of the Deaf are coming to Moses' school, and Moses and his classmates are going to see a play! A class from another school joins them, and Moses is introduced to Manuel, who has just moved to the United States. Manuel doesn't know English or sign language yet. Moses, being deaf, knows how hard it can be when no one understands you, so he tries communicating with Manuel using body gestures, while also teaching him some simple signs.

This delightful book about Moses incorporates clear and colorful pictures, written English, and American Sign Language (ASL). Detailed diagrams of the signs are included so that readers can learn along with Manuel.

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Author Notes

Isaac Millman is the author and illustrator of three other books about Moses ("[A] great contribution," praised School Library Journal ). He lives in New York City.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

K-Gr. 2. Moses, a young deaf child who in previous books has gone to school, attended a concert, and been to the circus, now sees a play. The Little Theater of the Deaf is performing Cinderella at Moses' school, and a group of hearing children from another school are going to attend. A straightforward text and appealing ink-and-watercolor artwork, well detailed with classroom minutiae, tell the story in the traditional way, but each spread also features boxed sequences showing Moses describing the action in American Sign Language (ASL). At the book's conclusion, the pictures show him recapping the whole event for his mother in ASL. In a subplot, Moses meets Manuel, a boy from the other school, who speaks only Spanish, but they become friends; their relationship is an interesting bridge to the various ways that people communicate. A book that's as pleasurable to read as it is informative. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In the fourth in the series that began with Moses Goes to a Concert, Moses Sees a Play, Isaac Millman blends how-to diagrams of American Sign Language with the deaf hero's continuing story. Here a new boy joins Moses's school and the whole class sees a performance of Cinderella, acted by the Little Theatre of the Deaf. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-In this engaging installment in the series about a hearing-impaired boy, Moses's class is joined by a group of hearing children from another school and the students are treated to a production of Cinderella by the Little Theatre of the Deaf. As the two classes intermingle prior to entering the gym, Moses meets Manuel, a new immigrant who does not yet speak English. The two boys develop a rapport, especially since "Moses knows how lonely it can be when no one understands you," and they communicate through gestures. The performance of the immediately recognizable fairy tale makes the signs and body language of the actors more accessible to both the children within the story and to readers. Insets in most of the spreads show Moses and later the performers demonstrating relevant American Sign Language. The colorful artwork is filled with enthusiastic kids with expressive features set against realistic school backdrops. This book not only familiarizes and sensitizes children to the culture of the deaf or hard-of-hearing community, but also tells an appealing story. Millman draws a parallel between the challenges faced by ESL students and those who do not hear and in so doing raises youngsters' general levels of awareness and empathy.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.