Handtalk: An ABC of Finger Spelling and Sign Language

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Simon & Schuster, Oct 1, 1984 - Alphabet - 48 pages
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An introduction to two kinds of sign language: finger spelling, or forming words letter by letter with the fingers, and signing, or making signs with one or two hands for each word or idea.

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OK, liked the idea behind this book and really want to teach my children sign language, but don't see the value in teaching them words like "devil", "ugly" and "vampire". I wish there was a little more written on the pages too since my sign language is rusty and I had a hard time reading them. Read full review

About the author (1984)

Remy Charlip was born in Brooklyn, New York on January 10, 1929. He received a degree in fine arts from Cooper Union School of Fine Arts in New York in 1949. He studied dance at Juilliard and in 1950 became a founding dancer at the Merce Cunningham Dance Theatre and remained with the company for 11 years as a principal dancer and company costume designer. In 1958 he co-founded the Paper Bag Players in New York. During his lifetime, he wrote and illustrated 38 children's books. The first book he provided the illustrations for was David's Little Indian by Margaret Wise Brown, which was published in 1956. The first book he both wrote and illustrated, Dress Up and Let's Have a Party, was also published in 1956. His other works include Fortunately, Mother Mother I Feel Sick, and Arm in Arm. He worked with the National Theater for the Deaf as a director, which inspired two picture books on sign language, Handtalk: An ABC of Finger Spelling and Sign Language and Handtalk Birthday: A Number and Story Book in Sign Language. His works received three New York Times Best Illustrated Books awards and a first prize for illustration at the Bologna Book Fair. He died on August 14, 2012 at the age of 83.

George Ancona was born December 4, 1929 in Brooklyn , NY. When he finished high school, he went to Mexico for six months to meet his family. He returned to New York and went to work as a graphic designer. Ancona began taking pictures of his children, and decided that photography would be his hobby. After ten years he quit his job and become a professional photographer. From these photos, he began to make children's books using the words of other writers. After several books, his editor asked him to try his own hand at writing Since then, Ancona has produced more than eighty books for children. Ancona's awards include a Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year Citation for Handtalk Birthday, a Parent's Choice Award for The Piņata Maker, and an Outstanding Science Trade Book Citation for The Golden Tamarind Comes Home.

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