KIWI Magazine Review:
This book tells the loving tale of a mother-daughter trip to the beach. Although they don’t speak, they communicate with each other and the world around them through American Sign Language. Suitable for ages 3-8, children can learn how to sign 15 different words.
A mother and daughter spend a sunny day at the beach together where they swim, dance, build sandcastles, and, most importantly, communicate. But their communication is not spoken; rather, it is created by loving hands that use American Sign Language.
Readers will learn how to sign 15 words using American Sign Language with the help of sidebars that are both instructive and playful. And the beautifully illustrated beach scenes will appeal both to the deaf community and to hearing parents and children, who will enjoy this gentle introduction to some basic words in ASL. Hands & Hearts is a picture book unlike any other, revealing the special bond between mother and child.
Hands & Hearts: With 15 Words in American Sign Language
Donna Jo Napoli
Abrams Books for Young Readers (May 13, 2014), Abrams Books for Young Readers (May 13, 2014)