[kids-lib] Dawn Prochovnic's Sign Language Books now available

Katie Anderson anderson_katie at oslmac.osl.state.or.us
Fri Oct 9 09:03:43 PDT 2009

Hello!  I just received the following email about new baby signs books.  A catalog sheet is attached, however attachments don't always work and due to the format I couldn't cut-and-paste it into the body of this email.  If you can't access the attachment, you can also find out more about them on Powell's Books website and Amazon.com.  

This is not an endorsement, please use your collection development policy to review materials to make sure they appropriate for your library.

Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us, 503-378-2528

From: Dawn Prochovnic [mailto:dawnp at smalltalklearning.com] 
Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2009 1:29 PM
To: Info at Smalltalklearning. Com
Subject: Dawn Prochovnic's Sign Language Picture Books Are Finally Here!

Dear Library Friends and Clients,
Many of you know I have been working on a series of children's books for some time now. I'm excited to say they are finally here.  Please join me in welcoming my new picture book series, "Story Time with Signs & Rhymes."
I will be reading from one of the books in the series, "The Nest Where I Like to Rest" at the Wordstock Festival at the Oregon Convention Center at 11:00 AM this Saturday, October 10, 2009, and I'll be teaching a writing workshop called "Project Management for Creative Types" at 4:30 PM that same day.  The following link leads to an article and interview in today's Oregonian that gives more information about the Wordstock Festival (a very family-friendly event):
I am in the process of updating my website to incorporate the arrival of my books, but if you'd like a sneak preview, go to www.smalltalklearning.com and click on the "Dawn's Books are Here!" link.
If you're not working this weekend, Wordstock is a great place for book lovers to hang out. Please be sure to say, "Hello," if you happen to be there on Saturday.
Many of you have anticipated the arrival of my books and have already added them to your collections.  THANK YOU SO MUCH.  Thank you also to those of you who have scheduled author visits / book signings and/or one or more of my instructional programs.  It is my sincere pleasure and honor to have the opportunity to share my love of sign language and early literacy with you and your patrons.
For those of you who haven't had a chance to see my books yet, I have attached a catalog sheet from my publisher (Magic Wagon/Abdo Publishing Group).  You can also check them out on Amazon (search: Prochovnic).  Booklist recently published a delightful review of "The Big Blue Bowl," one of the eight books in the series, in their Oct 1 issue.  I've pasted their kind words below.
Thank you for your ongoing encouragement and support (and for putting up with my long-winded, "all about me" message). Feel free to forward this information to your colleagues and friends, and please let me know if you'd rather not be on this distribution list and I will remove you promptly.  P.S. Might I also mention my delight in hearing that the Multnomah County Library recently received the nation's highest award for community service.  Libraries rock! 
Warm Wishes,

Booklist Review:

The Big Blue Bowl: Sign Language for Food. 
Prochovnic, Dawn Babb (author). Illustrated by Stephanie Bauer. 
Sept. 2009. 32p. ABDO/Magic Wagon, library edition, $18.95 (9781602706682). K-Grade 2. 
REVIEW. First published October 1, 2009 (Booklist).

Children who are interested in learning sign language will find the Story Time with Signs & Rhymes series an intriguing place to start. Rather than just offering the letters and some examples of American Sign Language (although that is included), the main selling point here is how the story becomes a vehicle for the signs. This title, which focuses on food words, contains a variation of the familiar Little Red Hen tale; only here the other animals help a hen fill her bowl with various foodstuffs before helping her eat it. The book begins with the alphabet handshapes, followed by the story, which has one featured word in boldface; that's the word that is demonstrated on the opposite page. At first glance, the word may not seem all that easy to form from the pictured inset, but happily, an appended two-page spread gives more detailed instructions on how to make the word, as well as the reasoning behind the sign. The pleasing, thickly colored artwork is well above that found in many series books, and even without the sign-language hook, kids will enjoy the repetition and rhyme of the tale. "Fun Facts" and "Signing Activities" neatly close this well-thought-out book.

- Ilene Cooper
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