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5.0 out of 5 stars Care for the deaf, Feb. 2 2003
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A very touching and realistic story. It features a young boy named Matt who was born deaf and this family, the Braddocks, move into Stoneybrook. Putting Jessi as the main character in this Babysitter Club book is very interesting because the deaf cannot hear music and therefore, none of them had exactly went to watch a musical or a ballet concert. Jessi's a ballerina and she feels especially sympathetic towards the deaf in that very aspect.
This story touches on the sensitive areas of a deaf person's life, about being ridiculed by others, looked down and thought of as weird. However, the babysitters were intrigued by Sign Language and the other kids int he neighbourhood begin to slowly accept Matt and were fascinated with sign language.
We also find out more about the deaf in this book, we learn some sign language, we learn that it is crucial that the deaf are kept well away from busy roads as they cannot hear cars approaching. We also find out how some families are being inconsiderate in not bothering to take up sign language to communicate with their deaf family member and instead, expect him/her to lip-read instead. Lip reading is extremely difficult.
The story has a happy ending and reveals what Jessi does to make the children in the school for the deaf happy. A must-read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome..., June 19 2000
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This book was great! Jessi gets the baby sitting job of watching a little deaf boy, Matt. She learns sign language (his "secret language) and gets to know him better. She even explains to the neighborhood kids that he's not weird, he's cool, because he's got his own language. Pretty soon , all the kids learn something in sign language, and he has plently of friends. I really enjoyed this book, and I'm sure anyone else would too. :]
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4.0 out of 5 stars good, Nov. 5 2002
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i'm taking ASL in school and i was looking on my books shelf and found this book and i decided to re-read it. its really good. the only thing that bugs me is that on the cover jessie is using see sign when the book said it was ASL. it doesn't matter to much though. it is a really good book and shows how people who may seem diffrent at first glance can have a lot ion common with you. i hope you enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ, July 5 1999
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I REALLY THINNK THAT IT IS A GOOD BOOK .IT TELL ABOUT A AFRCAN -AMERICAN GIRL IN A CLUB THAT DOES NOTKNOW ONE THING ABOUT SIN LAUGASUSE AND STUDY IT AND TEACHTHCLUB HOW TO AND PUT ON A SHOW FOR THE DEAF , THAT GIVES AFRCAN AMERICAN A NAMETHAT SAY THAT WE ARE THE SAME ONLY DIFFENT SKIN TONESI think that it is great it is the best book I know even my grandma likes it too it is a must read !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Babysitter's Club Book, Jan. 5 1999
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This book is the best I've read in The Babysitter's Club. It touched my heart in several ways. If you have a child aged 10-14 you MUST buy this book. It is a very heart warming book Ann. M. Martain is an excellent autor and she has a good sense of humour inside her books. I am 11 and I love this book. Jessi learns how to do sign language and sets up a ballet show for the deaf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Although a bit dull, a good message, March 9 2000
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Although I felt this book lacked excitement, and seemed to drag on, it has a good message. It shows how people who are "different" are really just normal, everyday people. It shows you how people of different races are special and so are disabled people. Jessi breaks the communication barrier, and makes a new friend! I read this 10 years ago and I still remember it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars jessi learns a whole new language, Aug. 31 1999
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jessi ramsey has a new client, a boy named matt. theres only one problem, hes deaf. jessi learns sign language and it takes the club and all the kids by storm. it was great and it made me go and learn sign language.
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Jessi's Secret Language (Baby-Sitters Club, No. 16)
Jessi's Secret Language (Baby-Sitters Club, No. 16) by Ann M. Martin (Paperback - Oct. 1991)
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