Dancing Hands : A Story of Friendship in Filipino Sign Language
Read the world to change the world! This artful picture book about friendship and sign language, originally published in the Philippines in concert with nonprofit Room to Read, is beautifully revised for this global edition.
Our new neighbors’ hands are dancing. Their hands move as if to music. What are they saying to each other?
Sam’s new neighbors’ hands make graceful movements she doesn’t recognize, and she wonders what they are saying. Soon she meets her new neighbor, Mai, who teaches Sam some Filipino Sign Language. Along the way, they both discover the joys of making a new friend, a best friend.
This sweet and perceptive picture book by authors Joanna Que and Charina Marquez tells the story of two girls as they learn to communicate with each other. With playful illustrations that celebrate the beautiful movements of sign language, back matter discussing sign languages around the world, and endpapers teaching all the signs used in the book, Dancing Hands conveys the shy and fumbling experience of making friends and overcoming language barriers.
Joanna Que was inspired to write Dancing Hands after being invited to join a writing workshop with Room to Read, a global nonprofit, and Adarna House, a prominent Filipino publisher. She finds sign language beautiful and wants to spark more conversations about the importance of inclusion. Apart from writing, Joanna finds joy in making things with her hands and spending time in nature. She lives with her dog and cat friends in Manila, Philippines.
Charina Marquez is a baker, researcher, sign language instructor, and deaf rights advocate. Born deaf, she loves languages and communicates using sign language and written English and Tagalog. She holds a degree in Visual Communication from the University of the Philippines Diliman, and worked as an animator, art restorer, and graphic designer before opening Silent Baker Charina, her very own cake and pastry business. She lives in Quezon City, Philippines, where she also enjoys skating and surfing.
Fran Alvarez is an illustrator and graphic designer who does a special happy dance whenever merienda time comes. She was invited to join Room to Read's illustrators' workshop where she created the art for Dancing Hands. She is a member of Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang INK), a Filipino association of artists committed to the creation and promotion of illustrations for children. These days she is mostly inspired by nature, pop culture, childhood memories, and day-to-day life. When she is not at her desk, her cat Chimken is. She lives in Rizal, Philippines
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