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The New Jack and the Beanstalk by DawnSignPress is funny and has a twist to make it more modern. It is in sign language but also has voices too. This is good for all kids who enjoy fairy tales and want to learn some sign language. The animation is great. When Jack climbs a bean stalk, the animation is realistic and it looks like he is actually climbing it. As a bonus feature, they teach key words in sign language which is cool and interesting. I recommend The New Jack and the Beanstalk for ages 3 to 8. I rate it 4 out of 5 stars because of the sign language and the good moral messages.

Reviewed by Mia A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

Brilliant! As a former special education administrator for a public school district, I am thrilled to see the Once Upon a Sign series by DawnSignPress, which brings fairy tales to life using American Sign Language as a major mode of communication. Watching The New Jack and the Beanstalk with your child, whether hearing impaired or not, is a fun and brilliant way to introduce sign language and provide a glimpse into different modes of communication. The actors act and sign ASL while the dialogue is voiced in the background. Animation, humor and a twist or two to update the familiar story make The New Jack and the Beanstalk enjoyable for the whole family. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, I recommend the viewing age 3 to 12 years of age.

Reviewed by Ruth A., KIDS FIRST! Reviewer

Jack and his family are struggling to make ends meet. After Jack returns from a chance encounter, it seems his family will continue to struggle. But overnight, a dramatic change happens in their front yard. How will this change impact the family? And how will it impact Los Angeles?
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