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Moses Sees a Play    by Isaac Millman order for
Moses Sees a Play
by Isaac Millman
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Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2004 (2004)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Moses goes to a special school for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. He, his classmates, and their teacher Mr. Samuels, communicate in sign language. One day, a class of hearing children joins them, to share the enjoyment of a play given by The Little Theatre of the Deaf for both classes.

Manuel wants to be friends with Moses, but doesn't speak English or know sign language. They find that communicating through gestures works pretty well. The play, Cinderella, is presented using ASL (American Sign Language). It's a huge success with the kids, who afterwards try acting on their own, using their bodies to communicate images, like a camel in the shade of a tree.

On most pages, inset pictures show how Moses signs words and sentences, and he also uses a special device at the end to send a message to his grandparents over the telephone. Moses Sees a Play is an excellent tool to teach children what it takes to cope with different kinds of communication challenges.

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