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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 - Kindergarten
  • Series: Picture Puffins
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (November 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140558764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140558760
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

ENQUIRING MINDS... The I Want to Know series, imported from Italy, rolls out with Rain, Where Do You Come From?; Flower, Why Do You Smell So Nice?; Wind, What Makes You Move? and Sun, Where Do You Go?, all by Francesca Grazzini, illus. by Chiara Carrer. The books teach natural history through curious cartoon animals-the narrators include a bird who learns from the wind and a bee who quizzes a flower about pollination. The varied format includes simple poems and informal games/quizzes. Illustrations are fresh and winsome; the frog in Rain is particularly inspired and expressive. PW called this book displaying the American Sign Language alphabet "exceptionally striking... a glorious success." All ages.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Exquisitely detailed, realistically portrayed hands of different ages, sexes, and colors demonstrate the positions for the manual alphabet used in American Sign; an object with the appropriate initial appears with each--the pointing finger for ``I'' reaches toward a dripping icicle; ``T'' sports three thimbles and a fistful of thread; ``X'' appears on an X-ray. An elegant roman capital completes each beautifully designed color- pencil illustration. The key includes the lovely jacket and title-page pictures, each of which adds something special--e.g., the hand on the title-page is overlaid with some of the many styles of letters that may be represented by the signs. The point of view sometimes varies from signer to observer, but the illustrations are so admirably clear that this should cause no confusion. An excellent introduction. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 2+) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The artistry is wonderful, definitely recommend!
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The beautiful illustrations - simple yet exquisite, worthy of framing.
Marva Coleman
SO creative and an easy way to learn the sign language alphabet!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is without a doubt the most beautiful book of dactyology (fingerspelling) that I have ever seen. Laura Rankin's artistry is such that each individual alphabetical element could be framed. The drawing on the frontface of the book alone is worth the price of the book...with the mingling of hands of different sizes and different colors which illustrate a part of manual language with unbelievable accuracy and incomparable beauty. This book is one of my treasures, which I share with children whenever I teach about what it is like to be deaf and the beauty of the sign language I choose to use. Karen Sadler, Science Education, University of Pittsburgh
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bill and Sheryl Savage on November 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
Laura Rankin portrays the manual alphabet with beauty, creativity, and a little whimsy in her artful colored-pencil drawings. You'll be sure to be pleased with each splendid page, whether it depicts a china cup dangling from the thumb of a C-hand or the hooking motion of a J-hand taking a swipe of jam out of the jar. My husband intends to buy two copies, laminate the pages, and mount them on the wall of his elementary classroom as a captivating illustration of the sign language alphabet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marva Coleman on October 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
The beautiful illustrations - simple yet exquisite, worthy of framing. I first framed some of the pictures and presented them as gifts to some young deaf children with self esteem problems, but it was when I taught hearing adults and did the same thing that I really saw the great impact her illustrations had. It then became a "work of art"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Marano on November 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As an artist, I loved the illustrations. I have always loved to draw hands, and these drawings are beautiful. I am also interested with the beauty and knowledge that signing combines, and this book conveys both wonderfully.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kara Reuter on September 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
Laura Rankin's The Handmade Alphabet portrays the letters of the alphabet along with their manual alphabet counterparts in American Sign Language. Each letter receives one page on which the uppercase letter appears in a black, serif font in the upper-left corner of the page and is accompanied by a realistic illustration of a hand demonstrating the manual alphabet of American Sign Language as well as an object cleverly representing the letter. "G" is demonstrated by a gloved hand; "K" is demonstrated by a baby's hand holding a key ring; "X" shows an x-ray of the hand demonstrating the sign. The illustrations of the hands are done in softly luminous colored pencil on charcoal paper, with exquisite detail. The hands are of different races, sexes, and ages. This book focuses solely on letters, but does offer a key that lists the words for the objects portrayed with each letter. Of course this book will be useful for deaf children or children with deaf parents or friends who are learning the alphabet, but may be useful for other children as well to drive home the concept of abstract symbol systems and the different ways sounds and meaning can be represented.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
I found this book in our school library and was stunned by the artwork. I work in a school where the deaf children are mainstreamed into the school. Sign language books are always checked out! This is a big hit with the young students. I give the author an A+ for an excellent book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Westman on May 5, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Laura Rankin is a masterful illustrator. This was the first book she illustrated
that was marketed to children. This is more than a children's book. It is a
must have for everyone! The beauty of American Sign Language is gloriously
shown through Laura's magnificently detailed drawings. I love that the hands
she drew are the actual hands of kids and adults who are deaf or hearing impaired
who actually sign as part of their lives!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Knowles on March 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book for my six year old granddaughter because she has been showing an interest in sign. It is one of the most beautifully illustrated books I have seen and the picture associated with each letter is something she can identify with.
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