Well known for its collection of children’s books, the Cooper Hewitt Library holds a rare 19th Century illustrated German nursery rhyme children’s book titled Paradiesfibel, written and illustrated to teach sign language.

Cover of children’s book Paradiesfibel by Joseph and Maria Koch (1900-70)

It features colored illustrations by Richard Seewald (1889-1976) a German visual artist. With highly stylized animals, this fairy tale includes humorous animals in human situations, such as singing frogs and playing monkeys.
Singing frogs from Paradiesfibel.

Singing frogs from Paradiesfibel.

Written by husband and wife Joseph and Maria Koch, the rhythmic flow of the text works in conjunction with Koch’s development of the “finger-reading” method of sign language, where each letter corresponds to a specific gesture. An early form of sign language, their groundwork formed the basis of several versions of fully developed and recognized styles of communication for the deaf today. This text was used to teach children sign language and stands as a treasure for children’s book enthusiasts and educators alike.
This book is part of the Smithsonian Libraries’ Adopt-a-Book Program, which provides essential funding to support the conservation, acquisition, and digitization of books and manuscripts and can be adopted online. Paradiesfibel is one of the books available for adoption that needs support for preservation treatment, ensuring access to this book and other rare and fragile books for the future. This book has an early 20th century German staple binding where the spine is missing and the staples have oxidized. Conservators will remove the staples and guard the single sheets of textblock to make sections, which will be re-sewn through the fold. It will be re-cased in the repaired original binding with a customized enclosure. Nilda Lopez, Cooper Hewitt Library

6 thoughts on “Learning to Sign

Such details help to realize children’s education. I recently found a cool educational resource that helps create a correct understanding of the material and such resources https://edubirdie.com/accounting-homework-help help you do your homework. You shouldn’t forget about the educational function.

Wonderful books! To reduce the load and do homework quickly, parents have to do their homework with their child or give him/her to the extended day group. I sometimes order to write an essay from specialists https://essaysadvisor.com/, because I don’t always have time to do it.

Good book, I like it. I cannot but agree that such details help to realize the upbringing of children. It’s like a master of their craft of writing book https://pro-papers.com/book-review-writing

Assignment writing tips help you to get A+ Grade. We have the experience and expert Ph.D. holders. Who always ready to guide in assignment writing.

Oh great, You are explaining very good detail of learning. I want to learn more things, can you help me. Gustavo Woltmann

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *