Meanwhile, in another galaxy …
Well, maybe not. Who knows?
In the coolKIDS illustrations above, you can see the German (left) and the Austrian (right) sign for the letter “L”. The countries share the same spoken language, and I wonder how close the sign languages are. I will need to ask. Or do you happen to know?
The version on the left is used by many other countries, too, like in the US. And there are additional variations of this gesture in other countries that are quite close but yet different and often involve movement.
The coolKIDS illustrations are part of a project for children who are confronted with the sign language alphabet at a later point in their life.
There is a lot of material out there for very young children, and then there is the more neutral material for adults. So far I have seen little of interest between these two aspects, especially not for young people in the age where hero figures become more important and self valor and self-esteem are questioned for the first time.
I hope that the coolKIDS manage to fill this gap in a meaningful way, by providing material that celebrates the hand signs as something cool to know for kids of all backgrounds. A knowledge that is supposed to make you more rather than less interesting.
Two digital books are being prepared right now by LegendaryMedia and myself: a German and an American version of the Fingeralphabet coolKIDS.