“Sign” on for a Modern Twist on Classic Stories with The Magic Mirror DVD #Review #SignLanguage #ASL


What a wonderful thing to have an entire DVD in sign language! Hearing is definitely something that I take for granted. It never even occurred to me when I watched The Magic Mirror how very few options there are for children that are deaf when it comes to DVD’s.

I watched this with my five year old daughter Paige and we talked about sign language and how not everyone can hear. She was actually a lot more interested than I thought she would be!

The Magic Mirror is really interesting because it’s real people (as opposed to a cartoon) but the backdrop looks drawn or painted which gives it a bit of a whimsical look that appeals to the little ones.

Just when Paige started to loose interest, a sparkly man, named Sparkles jumps out of the magic mirror! He sees all and knows all!

He encourages a young girl who fell and didn’t want to try again. He gives her a wonderful perspective that we all can learn from.

The Magic Mirror is a short watch at 24 minutes which was the perfect amount of time to hold my five year olds attention. Even more importantly it introduced her to American Sign Language which she had a lot of questions about.



About the DVD

Coming to DVD June 2, 2015
From DawnSignPress-The Nation’s Leader in ASL

San Diego, CA (May 4, 2015) – You know the stories well. You had them read to you dozens of times as a child, your parent’s voice bringing the characters to life. But what are those timeless tales like when performed by a Deaf cast signing ASL? Amazing, fun and totally engaging for everyone, thanks to DawnSignPress, a company well-known for quality children’s ASL products, and the launch of their new award-winning Once Upon a Sign DVDs available June 2, 2015.

Initial three titles in launch are “The Magic Mirror in American Sign Language” – Winner of Parents’ Choice Approval, “The New Goldilocks and the Three Bears in American Sign Language” and “The New Little Red Riding Hood in American Sign Language.” All are endorsed by KIDS FIRST! and have received the Dove Family Foundation Seal of Approval. Suggested retail price is $15.95 for each of the 25-minute DVDs. Once Upon a Sign re-creates classic children’s stories with clever modern themes performed by an all-deaf cast entirely in ASL with voice-over and English subtitles. Each DVD also features “Fun Signs,” a recap of key signs from the story.

“With the popularity of teaching babies sign language parents may be looking for that next step for their children to learn more signs as they grow older,” says Joe Danis president of DawnSignPress. “Well, look no more! Children, deaf or hearing, will love watching these stories being brought to life in beautiful American Sign Language. and it’s a great way to bring together the deaf and hearing community.”

Once Upon a Sign Launch DVD Titles:

In “Once Upon a Sign: The Magic Mirror” young Alice Cogswell wants to enter the talent show but she’s unsure of herself. After an audition that doesn’t go her way, she gets some magic help. But will this magic help get her to the talent show and help her ASL poetry sparkle?
“Once Upon a Sign: The New Little Red Riding Hood” is set in New York City and takes you on an exciting trip through Central Park. Little Wolf will be up to his old tricks, but will Little Red fall for it, or will the Park Ranger save the day? And how will Grandma react to all the excitement going on?

In “Once Upon a Sign: The New Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” overlooking the scenic California coast a quaint home sits alone. This is the home of the Three Bears, but today, something will change. An unexpected golden-haired visitor awaits them when they return home after a nice, long walk on the beach.

Future Titles in the Once Upon a Sign DVD series include Jack and the Beanstalk, The Stone Soup and Three Little Pigs. For more information on these and all titles in the series, visit www.dawnsign.com.

About DawnSignPress
DawnSignPress creates, develops, and publishes quality children’s American Sign Language (ASL) videos and books. After 35 years of pioneering ASL products, DawnSignPress is still on the cutting edge of the educational and social media trends relating to ASL Now, with ASL’s popularity n the mainstream on a steady rise DawnSignPress looks to offer quality ASL to a wider audience. For more information visit www.dawnsignpress.com.


Series Title: Once Upon a Sign
DVD Titles/ISBN The Magic Mirror in American Sign Language 978-1-58121-258-7
The New Little Red Riding Hood in American Sign Language 978-1-58121-257
The New Goldilocks ad the Three Bears in American Sign Language:
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Category: Children, Ages 3-8
SRP: $15.95 each
Length: Approx. 26 Minutes each

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I am a stay at home mom of three; ages 7, 6 and 1! I love doing product reviews and finding the best things to use for my family. Reading and writing have always been my passions so this allows me to incorporate them with the things that mean the most to me!
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