26 Big Things Small Hands Do

26 Big Things Small Hands Do

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by Coleen Paratore, Mike Reed
     
 

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Go beyond “A is for Apple” with an alphabet book that builds character. As children learn and review their ABCs, they discover positive actions they can perform with their own small hands—like applauding, building, giving gifts made with love, helping, planting, recycling, and volunteering. These are simple things even toddlers can do for

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Go beyond “A is for Apple” with an alphabet book that builds character. As children learn and review their ABCs, they discover positive actions they can perform with their own small hands—like applauding, building, giving gifts made with love, helping, planting, recycling, and volunteering. These are simple things even toddlers can do for themselves and others. The message throughout is that everyone, no matter how young or how small, can make a difference in the lives of those around them. The book ends with big hands clapping. A warm, affirming book for the home, childcare, or preschool.

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“More than a traditional ABC book . . . your child will feel empowered!” —Chasing Supermom Blog

Children's Literature
In this original take on the picture alphabet book, each letter is described by something a child can do with his/her hands. The actions are all very basic and positive, aimed at helping other people or the earth. Without being overly moralist, it presents young children with an ethics lesson as they learn their letters. For "Aa" children are applauding a performer, for "Ff" they are feeding a pet; for "Ii" small hands are inviting new friends to play; for "Rr" hands are recycling; for "Vv" volunteering with a senior citizen gardener; and so on. The colorful pastel illustrations are beautifully drawn, and complement the themes. Children are depicted in preschool, social and family settings, and are shown being kind and generous to others. The very balanced depiction of children from a variety of cultural backgrounds also adds to the optimistic tone of the book. The last page winds things up nicely with a picture of grown-up hands, and the text: "From A-B-C to X-Y-Z, such BIG things small hands do. You make our world a better place...Now big hands clap for you." An especially nice choice for a preschool classroom. 2004, Free Spirit Publishing, Ages 3 to 6.
—Jane Harrington
School Library Journal
PreS-K-From A to Z, Paratore presents a number of ways in which children help every day, using their hands to feed fish, make music, plant gardens, recycle bottles and cans, etc. Unfortunately, the author struggles with restrictions imposed by the alphabet format, and some of the actions, such as "kindle kindness," "nestle," and "x and o," are a stretch. The artwork is bright and cheerful, reflecting the text's optimism. However, there is a noticeable flaw in the illustration for E: a young girl holding an earthworm has six fingers. Even without this mistake, the pictures seem a bit inconsistent: while the children are drawn in a fairly realistic style, some of the animals are very cartoonish. The youngsters appear stiff and unnatural, and their hands, a natural focus of the book, are puffy and poorly drawn.-Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781575423067
Publisher:
Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
08/10/2008
Edition description:
Softcover
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
2 Years

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"Simple things even toddlers can do for themselves and others."
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"An especially nice choice for a preschool classroom."

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