In The Creation Story, Deacon John P. Audia provides children with a simple version of the classic story of Creation illustrated in word and sign. Through engaging full-color images and rhyming verses he captures the attention of children, both deaf and hearing, and reminds them that God is living in them and that they are a special part of God’s creation. This story is a first step in helping children to understand that when God speaks we all can hear.
The Creation Story provides a way for parents and children to share not only the story but also the different signs that are used to tell the story. It is the ideal book for those looking to help encourage both adults and children to deepen their faith and serves as a learning tool to expose them to American Sign Language (ASL), the universal language for the hearing impaired. It also gives hearing children a head start on a bilingual education and offers potential to improve literacy skills by introducing them to the benefits of sign.
John P. Audia is a hearing Deacon from the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York. He is in ministry with The Pastoral Ministry for the Deaf and serves as Chaplain for the Deaf community. He is a member of The Sign of the Cross Council, the only Deaf Knights of Columbus Council in the world.
David Spohn is a printmaker, children’s book writer/illustrator and the senior art director of the Hazelden Foundation’s publishing division. Over the past two decades, he has designed and illustrated hundreds of books. He has written and illustrated several children’s picture books of his own, including Nate’s Treasure, Winter Wood, Starry Night, and Home Field.