Stories and tales in sign language

Growing up in a bilingual school for the Deaf, it was unusual to find some classical fables and stories being adapted into Deaf culture in performing arts and storytelling.

fairy tales in deaf culture

This book "Deaf Culture Fairy Tales" by Rozen Rosen reframes the classics into Deaf-centric stories, including: Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, Three Little Pigs, Beauty and the Beast, and many others. Illustrated by Yiquao Wang.

Don Grushkin's review: "Deaf Culture Fairy Tales" takes many of those old familiar fairy tales and fables you likely grew up with and gives them a decidedly Deaf-centric and culturally affirmative twist. Some stories, such as "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Snow White" had me laughing at their denouements. Throughout all the stories are little tidbits of cultural information, as well as cultural "inside jokes", such as the inclusion of characters such as "Dr. Karl Quack", the Seven Dwarves and their names, the con man named Bell, and of course, a brave little mouse named Sheri. This book is a short, fun read, and one that demands a sequel. I recommend it for inclusion as a supplementary text for Deaf Studies courses or just for your personal Deaf library collection.

the smart princess and deaf tales

Another book "The Smart Princess and Other Deaf Tales" by Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf.

A related "princess" story but a true historical story is a book "Joanna the Deaf Princess" by Joel Mankowski.


ASL literature and art contains some pages of De'Via arts, ASL storytelling, etc.

Also see Handshape: creative storytelling.

Nursery rhymes in sign language.

Numeral storytelling.

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