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My signing book of numbers
Gillen, Patricia Bellan.
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Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : Kendall Green Publications, 1988.
Physical Description:
59 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
Teaches in sign language the numbers 0-20, 30-100 by tens, 1000 and 1,000,000.
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This full-color picture book helps children learn their numbers in sign language. Each two-page spread of this delightfully illustrated book has the appropriate number of things or creatures for the numbers 0 through 20. The signs for the numbers 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, and 100 are also included. Each sign/number appears in the corner of the page. Written explanation of how to form each sign are provided in the back of the book.

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School Library Journal Review

PreS This oversized picture book presents American Signed English for the numbers 1-20; then 30-100 by tens; and 1,000 and 1,000,000 in order to teach how to sign the numbers. The objects counted are familiar, and signing is correctly and clearly showndotted lines show the initial position of fingers, an arrow indicates movement, and solid lines show final position. Each spread also shows the numeral, the number word, and the name of the object. Although the illustrations depict children with cutesy chubby cheeks, wide eyes, and vacuous smiles, they are clear and colorful, and some of the children are shown wearing hearing aids. At the end of the book, information about American Sign Language is provided for parents and teachers, noting the distinctions between signing and finger-spelling and the importance of facial expression. Pictured again are the signs for the numbers 1-20, the American Manual Alphabet, and signs for the objects counted with brief how-to descriptions. This type of material is needed and in demand, and this book provides solid basic information and clear signing. Yet it lacks creativity in conveying the information that other titles such as Remy Charlip's Handtalk ABC (1974) and Handtalk Birthday (1987, both Macmillan) possess. Susan Nemeth McCarthy, Arlington County Public Library, Va. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.