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Hand Talk: Reni’s Feelings
Learn How to Sign Your Feelings with Reni
Reni is a young boy who struggles to get people to understand him. He learns how to use sign language to show if he is hungry, happy, sad, or needs help, as well as other emotions. The story is illustrated with fun and colorful drawings and includes specific instructions for making each sign in the book, as well as photos and QR codes that link to videos of the author signing each word or phrase.
Hand Talk: Reni’s Feelings tells the story of Reni, a young boy who struggles to get people, including his mom, to understand him. Reni learns how to use sign language to show if he is hungry, happy, sad, or needs help, as well as other emotions. The story is illustrated with fun and colorful drawings.
The second half of the book contains photographs of the author’s students demonstrating how to make more than two dozen signs in American Sign Language, from “don’t want,” “like,” and “tired” to “I love you,” “excited,” and “scared.”
Reni’s Feelings also includes QR codes that will take readers directly to videos of the author demonstrating each sign.
“Reni’s Feelings takes the reader on a realistic journey of how challenging life can be for children who don’t have a way to communicate their needs, wants, or frustrations. This delightful book encourages and educates parents on the benefits of teaching their children sign language and closing the communication gap.” – Sabrina Boykin, teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing
“Hand Talk is a short, concise journey into the life of a special needs child. The story very clearly illustrates the feelings of a child with limited communication skills and provides a much-needed tool for parents, siblings, and friends to learn simple signs that can greatly enhance understanding and communication. The pictures are childlike and allow for an immediate connection between the main character and the reader. The inclusion of photographs of special needs children communicating in sign language at the end of the book greatly enhances its authenticity and again allows the reader to make a real emotional connection. I have shared this book with both neighbors and relatives. They just can’t stop talking about Hand Talk.” – Susan Landberg, teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing