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Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose
Told in Signed English

Harry Bornstein and
Karen L. Saulnier
Illustrated by Patricia Peters and Linda Tom


A Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club Selection!

“What makes this title different from many other sign-language-enhanced books is that it very clearly explains what Signed English is, and then uses extremely well-done drawings of a Mother Goose figure performing each sign.”

School Library Journal

“A thoughtful title with plenty of crossover appeal.”

Publishers Weekly

More than a dozen favorite nursery rhymes are presented in this unique edition of Mother Goose. All of the rhymes are illustrated with full-color paintings accompanied by more than 389 drawings showing the verses in Signed English. The Signed English system borrows signs from American Sign Language, the native language of deaf people in the United States, and uses them in English word order. Also, signed English can help children learn articles, conjunctions, and other parts of speech in addition to grammar.

       Young readers, both hearing and deaf, will learn the special charm of rhyme while also discovering new vocabulary and new ways to experience English through signing. As they learn and memorize their favorite verses, children will also strengthen their language skills in a fun, entertaining way.

Harry Bornstein is the former director of the Gallaudet Signed English Project and is now a consultant in San Francisco, CA.

Karen L. Saulnier is a former research associate at the Center for Studies in Education and Human Development at Gallaudet University.

ISBN 978-0-930323-99-8, 8½ x 11 casebound, 48 pages


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