This is an original story inspired by Ezra Jack Keats' stories featuring Peter, one of the first African-American characters in picture books. These Peter stories include classics such as "Peter's Chair," "A Letter to Amy," "Goggles," and, "Whistle for Willie," and "The Snowy Day." PS 347's 1st grade students dictated the story after reading many of Keats' books, examining his collage artwork, and discussing Peter's character traits during library class. The facilitator for the story writing project was Library Media Specialist Sara Lissa Paulson. 1st grade teacher Cheritha Saulsby added direction and support. 1st grade teacher Adam Stone coached the students (the majority of whom use ASL as their home language) on presenting the story in American Sign Language. Dave Bowell, current principal of PS 347 The ASL and English Lower School, actively supports the library's digital book publishing efforts, as well as the school's ASL-English dual language program. Our school is located in New York City.
Not in proper ASL, but great anyway. Will be super cool for my Son to see more kids using asl... He is the only deaf kid in our small town school. Great job students and teachers!55
Cute but not ASL (American Sign Language). To preserve a cultures language is to preserve the culture's values and its heritage.15
Love this book and show it every time I present on iBooks Author and iBooks. Kudos to Ms. Paulson and students at PS 347!55
Beautiful book made by kids. Wonderful to see kids publishing their own books. An inspiration to schools everywhere. These are lucky kids to have such talented teachers. And a librarian! (so few schools, especially with young children have librarians- this is proof of why librarians are so important!). Congratulations to these authors of PS 347! You are lucky to be at such a great school. Bravo!55