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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
"Shelley's Outdoor Adventure" is an educational picture book for children. Shelley and her friends are outdoors and they are busy exploring the beauties offered by nature. Shelley is explaining it to her friends using sign language. This book incorporates the American Sign Language. It is also an eye opener for normal children to see the world of the children with special needs. The illustrations are very captivating. Shelley and her friends wear a red band. This red band symbolizes Blossom Montessori school for the deaf and the motto they follow:'Giving children a chance, parents a choice'. Many a time, children with special needs are shunned by the society and made fun by friends in school. I thought this book reiterates the fact that they can communicate with other people and they have a place in the society like any other child. Their small world is exposed to a normal child. They are also told that there is another language with which these children can be communicated with.
I personally feel this book resonates with children of all age groups and adults too can benefit from reading this. Many a time adults and bigger children are also ignorant when it comes to such things that are prevalent in our society. This book illustrates all the commonly used signs. So it is easy to use it as a beginning to understand our children with special needs. Though educational, the author has deftly made it a fun read with all the illustrations. Every scene is conveyed with pictures.