It is so popular right now to teach babies sign language while they learn to talk. Even my daughter is teaching her little girl a few signs for elementary objects. Why not take this a step further with this new award winning series called, Once Upon a Sign, from DawnSignPress, leaders in America Sign Language (ASL).
You know the stories well. You had them read to you dozens of times as a child, your parent’s voice bringing the characters to life. But what are those timeless tales like when performed by a Deaf cast signing ASL? Amazing, fun and totally engaging for everyone, thanks to DawnSignPress, a company well-known for quality children's ASL products, and the launch of their new award-winning Once Upon a Sign DVDs available June 2, 2015.
Initial three titles in launch are "The Magic Mirror in American Sign Language" - Winner of Parents' Choice Approval, "The New Goldilocks and the Three Bears in American Sign Language" and "The New Little Red Riding Hood in American Sign Language." All 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."
I received to review the delightful story, The Magic Mirror. It was a delightful tale where young Alice Cogswell wants to enter the talent show but she's unsure of herself. After an audition that doesn't go her way, she gets some magic help. But will this magic help get her to the talent show and help her ASL poetry sparkle?
We all found this story to be so much fun. It is especially designed to be very appealing to children. I am not new to sign language. My oldest daughter studied sign language in college for her foreign language requirement. She is quite adept in it, and taught it to her sisters and brothers. It's fun to see what we have learned come to life in a delightful story. To help children understand, there is voice-over and subtitles in English.
Once Upon a Sign: The Magic Mirror trailer from DawnSignPress on Vimeo.
"Once Upon a Sign: The Magic Mirror in American Sign Language" is just one of three of the DVD titles that was launched on June 2, 2015. Here are the other two:
"Once Upon a Sign: The New Little Red Riding Hood" is set in New York City and takes you on an exciting trip through Central Park. Little Wolf will be up to his old tricks, but will Little Red fall for it, or will the Park Ranger save the day? And how will Grandma react to all the excitement going on?
In "Once Upon a Sign: The New Goldilocks and the Three Bears," overlooking the scenic California coast a quaint home sits alone. This is the home of the Three Bears, but today, something will change. An unexpected golden-haired visitor awaits them when they return home after a nice, long walk on the beach.
Future Titles in the Once Upon a Sign DVD series include Jack and the Beanstalk, The Stone Soup and Three Little Pigs. For more information on these and all titles in the series, visit www.dawnsign.com. You can also connect with DawnSignPress on Facebook.
Giveaway: One person is going to win a copy of "Once Upon a Sign: The Magic Mirror in American Sign Language" on DVD (region free disc). This giveaway will end on June 17, 2015, and is open to US residents only.
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.