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The Handmade Alphabet
     

The Handmade Alphabet

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by Laura Rankin, Laure Rankin
 

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Gorgeous pencil illustrations of diverse human hands—male and female, young and old—signing the letters of the alphabet make this alphabet book an incredible learning resource. The entries are further supplemented with objects that begin with the same letter. Author Laura Rankin was inspired to create this book by her deaf stepson. It is a wonderful

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Gorgeous pencil illustrations of diverse human hands—male and female, young and old—signing the letters of the alphabet make this alphabet book an incredible learning resource. The entries are further supplemented with objects that begin with the same letter. Author Laura Rankin was inspired to create this book by her deaf stepson. It is a wonderful introduction to the alphabet and to sign language, and the art is beautiful enough to merit sharing it with adults as well.
 
Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book

“Brilliant . . . Hauntingly luminous.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Exquisitely detailed, realistically portrayed hands of different ages, sexes, and colors demonstrate the positions for the manual alphabet used in American Sign. An excellent introduction.”—Kirkus Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
From 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 Kobrin
Keep 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140558760
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
11/28/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
155,720
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.18(d)
Lexile:
NP (what's this?)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Laura Rankin is the creator of The Handmade Alphabet, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, and Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie. She is the illustrator of many other books for children, including A Balloon for Isabel, by Deborah Underwood. She lives in Easton, Maryland.

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The Handmade Alphabet 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book taught me how to comunicate with death people I learned alot. this book i recomend for people who want to learn other different things!