Now, the new, completely revised Come Sign With Us offers more follow-up activities, including many in context, to teach children sign language. The second edition of this fun, fully illustrated activities manual features more than 300 line drawings of both adults and children signing familiar words, phrases, and sentences using American Sign Language (ASL) signs in English word order. Twenty lively lessons each introduce ten selected "Target Vocabulary" words in a format familiar and exciting to children, including holidays, pets, cars and trucks, and more. All signs have equivalent words listed in both English and Spanish.
Come Sign With Us shows how to form each sign exactly and also presents the origins of ASL, facts about deafness, and the Deaf community.
Poetry, essays, short stories, and drama by hearing-impaired writers reveal that deafness is a richly textured world. The collection covers many topics, from audiology and the administration of a hearing test to the speech of the deaf transcribed as spoken English, offering details and information unfamiliar to most hearing people. The various authors compellingly utilize language to help the reader see more deeply and understand more profoundly the human condition, both in aspects particular to the deaf and in universal experiences shared by all. Not since the publication of Raija Nieminen's Voyage to the Island (Gallaudet Univ. Pr., 1990) has the silent universe been so dramatically explored. This landmark anthology deserves a wide readership. Recommended for all libraries.-- Nancy E. Zuwiyya, Binghamton City Sch. Dist., N.Y.
Anthropologist-linguist Jill Jepson recognizes that members of the deaf community have the "right to live life not as impaired hearing people but as deaf people." Guided by this principle, Jepson includes in the collection "the best and most representative works of contemporary deaf and hard of hearing writers." A brief biography precedes each author's work, explaining, for instance, how Claire Blatchford became deaf as a result of the mumps. In her poem, which opens the anthology, Blatchford uses images that she remembers from listening to Prokofiev. Willy Conley's poignant play, "The Hearing Test", discusses the factors involved in having a cochlear implant. Hearing readers wanting firsthand experience as well as the deaf can choose from many genres in this carefully compiled volume, which also includes selections from David Wright's autobiography, Frances Parson's trip to China, and several short stories.