The Handmade Alphabet
The Handmade Alphabet  -     By: Laura Rankin
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Puffin
Publication Date: 1996
Dimensions: 9.97 X 8.46 X 0.1 (inches)
ISBN: 0140558764
ISBN-13: 9780140558760

Publisher's Description

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

Author Bio

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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    I still remember the alphabet!
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    My family owned this book in the 90s, and I looked at it many times as a teenager. I remember enjoying the big colorful pictures that focused on the hand shape but included an object that started with that letter (ie. hand signing A is holding asparagus). I was impressed that a picture book with no text could be so instructive. I am now purchasing a copy for my own young children.
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