Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Baby Sitter's Club: Jessi's Secret Language

The Baby Sitter's Club: Jessi's Secret Language
Written By: Ann M. Martin
Scholastic Inc.
September 1988
Ages: 8-12
Pages: 145

Jessi Ramsey is one of the newest members of the babysitter's club and she gets a brand new special child to work with. This child's name is Matt and he is deaf and has been since birth. He uses sign language to speak and so naturally, to be his sitter, Jessi must learn sing language too. At first it's really difficult, but Jessi grows to really love sing language and the special way that she is able to comunicate with matt. Learning sign language has kept Jessi really busy and soon all of the kids in Stoneybrook want to learn sing language. jessi is also a ballet dancer and she has figured out a special surprise for Matt and all of his friends at his school for the deaf.
Who would benefit from reading this book?
Anyone who is a fan of the babysitter's club would love this book. It has a unique storyline that introduces children to the fact that deaf children are just like any other child.
What problems do you see arising from reading this book?
I do not currently see any problems arising from reading this book.
What was your reaction?
I absolutely loved the Babysitter's club books when I was younger, around eleven or so. I actually read all of the babysitter's club books within a whole summer, and this book was one of my favorites. i actually started to learn sing language because of it and picked up a lot of different signs and the alphabet too.

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