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Noa’s Sign Language

Nira Harel
AGE: 3-5

Long-haired girls who confuse the days of the week can adopt Noa`s system. But the story is also written for boys and girls with short hair – anyone can invent a sign language. On Saturday evening, before bedtime, Noa asks her mother to plait her hair in one braid, and when she wakes up next morning she knows it`s Sunday. The next day, she asks her mother to make her two braids, and that`s how she knows it`s Monday. On Tuesday, her hair is in three braids, and on Wednesday - four, and so on. One night there is a mishap, and Noa wakes up with loose hair. But she has already learnt the days of the week and doesn`t need the sign language any more.

Illustrations: Elisheva Ga’ash

English translation available (for publishers only)

Harel Noa`s Sign Language
Title Noa’s Sign Language
Author’s Last Name Harel
Author's First Name Nira
Language(s) Hebrew, Portuguese
Genre children-picture bk
Publisher (Hebrew) Keter
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1980
Publisher 2 (Hebrew) 2014
No. Pages 20 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Sfat Ha-Simanim Shel Noa
Representation Represented by ITHL


Portuguese: Sao Paulo, Trianon, 1998
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