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The handmade counting book
Rankin, Laura.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dial Books, 1998.
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 28 cm
Shows how to count from one to twenty and twenty-five, fifty, seventy-five, and one hundred using American Sign Language.

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The Handmade Alphabet, Laura Rankin's striking interpretation of American Sign Language's manual alphabet, was called a "glorious success" by Publishers Weekly and was named an ALA Notable Book and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Book, among many honors. In her new book, this gifted artist shows readers how to count using ASL, pairing the signs for the numbers 1-20, 25, 50, 75, and 100 with beautifully drawn objects ranging from lifelike butterflies to bright windup toys. Each picture is at once a joyful invitation to learn counting and a fascinating introduction to the eloquent language of signing.

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School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Softly realistic colored-pencil drawings on colored backgrounds show children's hands in varying skin colors making the American Sign Language sign for a number, accompanied by a corresponding number of objects, from 1 to 20, plus 25, 50, 75, and 100. Signs that require motion are shown by a lightly drawn hand at the start position, an arrow indicating the movement, and a more solidly drawn hand for the next position. The illustrations depict either toys or objects from nature: 50 fish, 75 beads, and a glorious double-page spread of Noah's Ark for 100. Visually, the book is a delight, with charming pictures to pore over. Although counting books are legion, those that include signs are not. This is a title worth having, particularly because it can be enjoyed by children who aren't familiar with ASL. A fine companion to Rankin's Handmade Alphabet (Dial, 1991).-Pam Gosner, formerly at Maplewood Memorial Library, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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