The Handmade Alphabetby Laura Rankin, Laure Rankin
Presents the handshape for each letter of the American manual alphabet accompanied by an object whose name begins with that letter.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyFrom a hand grasping two asparagus stalks to a zippered sleeve tracing the letter Z, Rankin's alphabet book is a glorious success as it displays the American Sign Language alphabet. The colored pencil illustrations on charcoal paper of varied hues depict one letter on each page--a pencil's eraser rubs away at a hand that signs the letter E , an icicle is balanced on a pinky, a muscular hand makes a V while holding a valentine. The hands here are as diverse and individual as the objects surrounding them--a baby's chubby fingers grip plastic keys, matronly hands with magenta-polished nails form the letter N , vivid bones of a hand, seen in an X-ray, show off X . Rankin's prefatory note describes how her deaf stepson ``gained more thorough undertanding and total communication'' when he learned sign language at Gallaudet University. In her third book, the artist proceeds to expand the awareness of those in the hearing world in an exceptionally striking ABC that speaks in an eloquent language all its own. All ages. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Beverly KobrinKeep this around toddlers to introduce or review letters or as an alphabetical guessing game (What is each hand holding?"). and it to elementary graders as a guide to signing letters, a multicultural adjunct (the colored-pencil-on-charcoal-paper hands are of varied size age, and shade), or rich stimulus for creative writing (Whose hands are they...what are they going to do with the object they hold...etc). Share it with everyone for the pleasure of its exquisite beauty. 1996 (orig.
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