The kids and I watched The New Stone Soup in American Sign Language over the weekend. DawnSignPress sent me the DVD for review on my dad blog. The DVD was not what I was expecting, which was a story told in sign language. The story was told in sign language as expected, but there was also subtitles. In addition, the story was dubbed in too. As result, the DVD works for everyone — even people who don’t know sign language. The New Stone Soup in American Sign Language is the latest release in the award-winning Once Upon A Sign DVD series. The DVD is available now. It has a list price of $15.95.
The New Stone Soup in American Sign Language is about a group of hungry magicians. The people in the village don’t want to share their food, so the performers trick them into sharing. I’m not thrilled with the idea of tricking people to share, but I did like the style of the movie. It was a mixture of live action with backgrounds and props that look like they came from a children’s book.
The DVD has a runtime of about 26 minutes and is targeted at children three to eight. As I mentioned previously, The New Stone Soup in American Sign Language is part of the Once Upon A Sign DVD series. Once Upon A Sign re-creates classic children’s stories with modern themes performed by an all-deaf cast entirely in ASL. Previous titles include The New Jack and the Beanstalk, The Magic Mirror, The New Goldilocks and The Three Bears, and The New Little Red Riding Hood. All the titles are endorsed by KIDS FIRST! and have received the Dove Family Foundation Seal of Approval. The next title in the series is The Three Little Pigs, which will be released later this year.