January 21 to 25, 2013: “NO NAME CALLING WEEK”
MYTH OF THE WEEK: “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”
Enslow Publishing was established in 1976 by Ridley M. Enslow. a veteran of several New York publishing houses. Today, his two sons, Mark and Brian, run it. Located in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, the company publishes high-quality educational nonfiction books for children and young adults, twice a year in January and June. Together, the two releases publish 200 books for students in the first through twelfth grades, primary through school and public libraries, though they do have a website anyone can order from at enslow.com.
Enslow runs a unique site for students who use their books called My Report Links (MyReportLinks.com). Here, students can find addition resources for the subject they are studying. Enslow pre-evaluates every quality site they link to, making it safe for students to find the needed information online. In 2005 Enslow Elementary was established to bring high-quality nonfiction books to elementary students. Finally, in 2013 Enslow began offering eBooks.
Enslow does nearly everything needed to run a successful publishing house. They contract writers and have editorial, publishing, marketing, warehousing, and shipping right at the main headquarters in New Jersey. This helps ensure high standards and quality books.
Enslow sent me a box of books and I wanted to review one of them today.
What is Sign Language?
by Deborah Kent
Enslow Publishing, Inc.
Back Cover: For people who are deaf, learning language is different. Many learn sign language to let people know what they are thinking or feeling. The motion with their hands, faces, and bodies to communicate. Learn the history of sign language, how it is used today, and how it is the first language for a special fourth-grade girl.
First Sentence: When most children start kindergarten, they already understand about three thousand words.
Beanca Turner was born deaf. Because she could not hear the world around her, she did not learn to speak. She would make up hand gestures for some words like EAT and HOUSE. Those types of signs are called “home signs.” Even with Beanca’s gestures, she still could not ask a question or tell a story. If she was sad, she could not explain why or what was wrong. In school things changed for Beanca. Every student was deaf and the teacher used American Sign Language or ASL.
As Beanca learned this new language, she could ask questions, talk to other students and her teacher, and tell others how she felt, what she thought, and a could tell a story she made up. Beanca could communicate with everyone in her class. All of Beanca’s family also learned ASL in order to communicate with Beanca. Now, Beanca is learning how to write and read English. She is also writing her own stories. All of this began with ASL.
What is Sign Language? goes on to teach a few basic signs with both pictures and words. Many signs are simple and make sense for that thing. For example, to say cat make a circle with your thumb and forefinger, place both hands on the sides of your cheek, and then pull your hands away from your face as if pulling on a cat’s whiskers. Talking on the phone is easier. Simply curl in every finger except your pinky and then place the thumb near your ear and the little finger by your mouth as if talking on the phone.
The history of sign language and a few prominent people are explored. Gallaudet University is one place where ASL is the language of choice on campus and in every class. Edward Miner Gallaudet opened the school in 1984. Since then, many other schools opened around the US for younger students who typically live at the school. This is a fascinating book for younger kids, especially those who have never heard of ASL. I remember using it in my work and being grateful I had learned many of the signs and the alphabet in an earlier job. What is Sign Language? contains the alphabet and a few words.
The book is an easy read that informs the student in a lively manner, which should not bore many. Adding a true story, which runs throughout the book, helps the student understand how ASL can be applied in the real world This is a short read, with only 48 pages, including the index, making What is Sign Language? a good introduction to sign language.
by Deborah Kent bibliography Enslow Publishing, Inc. website Released in 2012 ISBN: 978-0-7660-3771-7 48 pages Grades: 3 – 4 Copyright © 2012 by Enslow Elementary, used with permission Text: copyright © 2012 by Deborah Kent
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