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The Handmade Alphabet (Picture Puffins) [Paperback]

By Laura Rankin (Author)
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Item description for The Handmade Alphabet (Picture Puffins) by Laura Rankin...

Presents the handshape for each letter of the American manual alphabet accompanied by an object whose name begins with that letter

Publishers Description
Come to Swan Harbor and discover acrobatic dragonflies, ancient lobsters, and sweet-smelling sea roses. Travel through the seasons to count baby robins as they wait for their springtime dinner and monarch butterflies as they rest during their autumn journey south. Young children will delight in counting the familiar and not-so-familiar flora and fauna of Swan Harbor, while older children will add to their store of intriguing nature facts. Laura Rankin's own Maine countryside provided the inspiration and research for this beautiful fictional harbor. At once a nature guide, a counting book, and a puzzle, Swan Harbor is first and foremost an exquisite work of art. Laura Rankin, the creator of the award-winning The Handmade Alphabet, lives in York Harbor, Maine.

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Handmade Alphabet (Picture Puffins) by Laura Rankin has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 226
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 142
  • Publishers Weekly - 11/18/1996
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 173

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Puffin
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 8.5" Height: 10.75"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 1996
Publisher   Puffin
Age  3-9
ISBN  0140558764  
ISBN13  9780140558760  
UPC  051488006992  

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LAURA RANKIN's picture books include "Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie," "Fluffy and Baron," and "The Handmade Alphabet," as well as "Rabbit Ears" and "No Babysitters Allowed," both written by Amber Stewart. She has also illustrated the Harriet Bean mysteries by Alexander McCall Smith. She lives in Maryland and knows firsthand how a happily planned day can end up going every which way.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Action & Adventure
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Issues > Special Needs > Nonfiction
4Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8
5Books > Subjects > Reference > Foreign Languages > Instruction > Sign Language
6Books > Subjects > Reference > Words & Language > General
7Books > Subjects > Reference > Words & Language

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Great BOOK  Dec 11, 2007
I saw it because a fellow asl student had it the pictures are amazing i loved the book
American Sign Language  Mar 2, 2006
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.
Luminous illustrations and a different kind of ABC book  Sep 15, 2004
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.
A work of art  Oct 24, 2001
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"
Beautiful... Inventive...  May 31, 2001
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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