***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
In my family, we are all about inclusion. I teach my children that no matter what someone looks like on the outside, we are all the same and everyone is deserving of respect and love. The same goes for people with different abilities. The way I see it, tolerance and love start at home, and by teaching my children to give everyone a chance, they might just end up finding a best friend where they'd least expect it.
When I learned about the "Once Upon a Sign" series, I was definitely excited. These children's DVD's include fun fairy tale stories such as "The New Goldilocks and the Three Bears", "The New Little Red Riding Hood", and "The Magic Mirror". What makes them special? Well, they are made specifically for kids who are deaf, and are told in American Sign Language. Of course ANYONE can enjoy them.
All titles are endorsed by KIDS FIRST! and have received the Dove Family Foundation Seal of Approval. Suggested retail price is $15.95 for each of the 25-minute DVDs. Once Upon a Sign re-creates classic children’s stories with clever modern themes performed by an all-deaf cast entirely in ASL with voice-over and English subtitles. Each DVD also features “Fun Signs,” a recap of key signs from the story.
"With the popularity of teaching babies sign language parents may be looking for that next step for their children to learn more signs as they grow older," says Joe Danis president of DawnSignPress. "Well, look no more! Children, deaf or hearing, will love watching these stories being brought to life in beautiful American Sign Language. and it's a great way to bring together the deaf and hearing community."
We received "The Magic Mirror" to check out for ourselves, and I have to say, this is absolutely adorable. I love the passion that the actors show, and I especially love how these stories allow both hearing and deaf people to enjoy the story together. Because it has subtitles, it's also a great way to encourage early reading skills! (Sophie reads them out loud as the story is told in ASL.)
If you know a child who is deaf, I would definitely recommend the "Once Upon a Sign" series. These stories are classics that everyone loves, but told in a way that includes everyone. As a mom who doesn't want her kiddos to grow up to be intolerant meanies, this definitely warms my heart. These would be a wonderful addition to home video libraries, as well as in the classroom.
These wonderful titles will be available for purchase on June 2, 2015.
If you'd like to learn more about the "Once Upon a Sign" series, you can check out the DawnSignPress website.
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