Handsigns: A Sign Language Alphabet

Handsigns: A Sign Language Alphabet

by Kathleen Fain, Chronicle Books


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This clever and unusual book is both a simple alphabet book for very young children and an introduction to American Sign Language for readers of all ages. The easy to follow format presents 26 full color illustrations, each revealing not only one, but sometimes two or three animals that begin with a particular letter. An inset picture of a human hand showing the sign for that same letter also appears on each page. In addition, a glossary highlights the animals from A to Z, and an afterword provides important information on sign language (including both its origin and how it can be used) that parents and teachers will want to share with children. One of only a few books that teaches children how to sign, Handsigns is a colorful way to learn the alphabet while learning about fascinating animals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811811965
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 09/28/1995
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 12 Years

About the Author

Kathleen Fain is a freelance artist who has worked in a variety of art-related jobs, including designing newpapers, books, and toys. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons. She is also the illustrator of Handsigns: A Sign Language Alphabet, published by Chonicle Books.

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Handsigns: A Sign Language Alphabet 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ryann0423 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book does a great job at teaching children the alphabet, it shows them how to sign each letter of the alphabet and teaches the children a little bit about sign language. It is a great addition when teaching the alphabet and can help the children better learn the letters. It also begins teaching them about different languages and people who have to communicate differently because they are deaf. It a very well rounded educational book.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's a very clever idea - every page shows the handsign for the letter, and a picture of an animal. (Sometimes, as with B, we get two animals - bear and bee.) I firmly believe that using signs and the manual alphabet helps to reinforce literacy skills.But some of the animals are a little obscure - like the nautilus or the urchin - and the names aren't printed on the pages. You have to flip back to the index. That makes reading the book with a young child awkward. Also, I would really have liked to have seen - even in the index - a list of signs for the animals themselves.
Schuman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a great info/fun book. It not only teaches a little about sign language but also how to do it. It has great illustration of animals to go with the alphabet. I liked that there are multiple things that kids can learn from it.