The Handmade Alphabet by Laura RankinThe Handmade Alphabet by Laura Rankin

The Handmade Alphabet

byLaura Rankin

Paperback | November 1, 1996

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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
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.
Title:The Handmade AlphabetFormat:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 10.5 × 8.5 × 0.13 inPublished:November 1, 1996Publisher:Penguin Young Readers Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140558764

ISBN - 13:9780140558760

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful pictures I have used this book to teach ASL to young learners
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book to teach ASL This is a great book to teach American Sign Language. The illustrations are beautiful and well thought out. This book is great for both parents and teachers. It is a wonderful thing to learn Sign Language, and I guarantee the kids will love it. The pictures all relate to the sign and will help the child remember the sign. Try it, I guarantee it will be easy and much fun. ENJOY!!
Date published: 2001-03-09