Overview

Starting with the clap of a baby’s chubby new hands, significant life moments are poignantly depicted with tender illustrations and sparse text in this masterful work from Jeff Newman. Hands wave good-bye as the first trip on the school bus is made; hands toss a cap in the air at college graduation. Shaking hands with someone new marks the start of a career, and, perhaps the most important gesture of all, finding the hand to hold forever ultimately begins the cycle anew. With no more than a few words on each ...
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Overview

Starting with the clap of a baby’s chubby new hands, significant life moments are poignantly depicted with tender illustrations and sparse text in this masterful work from Jeff Newman. Hands wave good-bye as the first trip on the school bus is made; hands toss a cap in the air at college graduation. Shaking hands with someone new marks the start of a career, and, perhaps the most important gesture of all, finding the hand to hold forever ultimately begins the cycle anew. With no more than a few words on each spread and thick black line illustrations with spots of vibrant color, Hand Book is a beautiful testament to the journey of life and makes an ideal gift or keepsake.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Telegraphic verse and line drawings celebrate the many things hands can do. "Two hands clap" is pictured by a pair of chubby orange hands emerging from the bottom of the left-hand page; for "Two hands slap," at right, the same two arms land on a pair of bongos from the top of the page. Heads and faces are drawn without features, or facing away from the reader, to assure that the reader's gaze stays focused on the hands. In what is perhaps the book's smartest design decision (though there are many), Newman's (The Boys) loose black outlines have been subtly embossed, making the reading experience a fittingly tactile one. "Hands shake," writes Newman late in the book, as a blue hand shakes an orange hand; on the next page ("and hold"), two blue and orange figures—the owners of the hands, clearly—are shown walking through a garden in a gentle antiracist message. Newman challenges readers to consider their hands as intricate and capable tools, instruments of emotion, creation, and tenderness; children will almost certainly see them with new respect. Ages 4–8. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—From toddler hands clapping to a schoolboy's keyboard strokes, graduation-hat tosses and hands crossed in frustration over want ads, Newman spotlights the role of hands throughout life. A simple sentence on each page rhymes with a companion page, but sometimes feels forced: "Hands to eat./Hands (and feet.)" The wide circles creating nearly faceless figures are done in ink and permanent marker, predominantly in orange. Later pages present situations of interest to adults, such as meeting a mate: "Hands shake/and hold/and then,/again…," reinforcing the mature tone. Children originally attracted to the visual simplicity will leave puzzled by the theme.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
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“Newman’s two-word sentences, woven with his spontaneous, expressive drawings, lead to affecting phrasing that’s poignant and stirring.... A lovely tribute to growing up that will endearingly mature with its readers.”— Kirkus, STARRED Review
Children's Literature - Nicole Peterson Davis
Have you ever thought of all the things your hands can do? After reading this book, you may think a little harder. Or, after reading this delightfully refreshing book about hands, you might just enjoy the simplicity of your hands. The book uses straightforward illustrations and very little text, but illustrates to young children all the things hands can do. This is a short picture book, only thirty-one pages, and just over that many words. The simplicity of this book makes it completely charming. The illustrations are rendered in ink, marker, and gouache and then digitally composited. Very few colors are used, but the illustrations are absolutely compelling. Illustrations include things such as gripping, turning, washing, drying, saying goodbye, eating, tossing, making, and of course, holding. Toddlers will enjoy interacting with the book by clapping, pretending to type, crossing their hands, shaking hands, and holding hands with someone. Reviewer: Nicole Peterson Davis
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—From toddler hands clapping to a schoolboy's keyboard strokes, graduation-hat tosses and hands crossed in frustration over want ads, Newman spotlights the role of hands throughout life. A simple sentence on each page rhymes with a companion page, but sometimes feels forced: "Hands to eat./Hands (and feet.)" The wide circles creating nearly faceless figures are done in ink and permanent marker, predominantly in orange. Later pages present situations of interest to adults, such as meeting a mate: "Hands shake/and hold/and then,/again…," reinforcing the mature tone. Children originally attracted to the visual simplicity will leave puzzled by the theme.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442435582
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/23/2011
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

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