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Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Told in Signed English

Harry Bornstein and Karen L. Saulnier
Illustrations by Annie Lunsford and Jan Skrobisz


After waking up one beautiful morning, the Bear family sat down to a breakfast of fresh porridge only to find it to be too hot! “Let’s go for a walk,” says Mama Bear, and the classic story begins again, but this time with a twist. When Mama suggests a walk, she not only says it, as shown in a delightful full-color illustration, she also signs the sentence in a sequence of drawings showing Signed English.

       Signed English is a manual sign system that uses American Sign Language Signs in English word order. Several recent studies have indicated that hearing and deaf children have a greater opportunity to strengthen and enhance their language skills when signing is used to reinforce other language acquisition activities.

       Goldilocks and the Three Bears offers children ages 3 - 8 all of the fun their parents had when they first read about the little girl with the golden curls who turned the Bears’ house upside down. Now, children will enjoy her mishaps as she looks for the perfect bowl of porridge, the perfect chair, and finally, the perfect bed for a nap. In this exciting new edition, they can learn new words and the matching signs, which will help them to remember both! Parents and children alike will treasure this refreshing version of a favorite story that makes it fun and instructive at the same time in a completely new 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 978-1-56368-057-1, 8½ x 11 casebound, 48 pages


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