ASL Tales: The Tortoise and the Hare

ASL Tales: The Tortoise and the Hare
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Age Range
4+
Release Date
July 01, 2013
ISBN
978-0981813929
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The Tortoise and the Hare. This classic fable told by Aesop about 2,500 years ago is brought to life in ASL by Alisha Bronk, retold by for the 21st century by Susan Reiners and vibrantly illustrated by Daniel Winship. Book comes with companion DVD.

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This Retelling Wins The Race
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4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Memorable, endearing, and classroom friendly. This 29 page American Sign Language telling of the classic fable maintains the integrity and moral lesson of the original, while offering its own special touches. The font choices are clear and consistent, interspersed with variable text length and emphasized words that should effectively hold the interest of children ages 4-8.

The art style has a distinct and hand-drawn marker feel, with a high contrast use of colors. The thin paper binding may be its only real drawback, as it may require extra care on the part of its intended audience. And of course, if the DVD were to be lost or damaged, the ASL element would essentially be forfeit. But all things considered, this re-imagining would make a fine addition to any child’s budding library.

(The included DVD features a female ASL interpreter and allows for reading in Arabic, Bosnian, Cantonese, French, Haitian Creole, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.)
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