I Call My Hand Gentle

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Look at your hand.

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It can break, or it can tickle. . . .

What can you do with your hand? Illuminating this seemingly simple idea with a vibrant palette and bold graphics, a first-time author and illustrator team encourage readers to look at the many things their own two hands are capable of. Touching on themes of peace, violence, and responsibility,...

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Overview

Look at your hand.

It can hit, or it can hug.

It can break, or it can tickle. . . .

What can you do with your hand? Illuminating this seemingly simple idea with a vibrant palette and bold graphics, a first-time author and illustrator team encourage readers to look at the many things their own two hands are capable of. Touching on themes of peace, violence, and responsibility, this provocative and strikingly-illustrated book sends an upbeat message that readers of all ages will want to pass along.

A girl describes how her hands are special and how she chooses to have them do productive and gentle things.

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Publishers Weekly
This message-driven book, a debut for both author and illustrator, merits interest as a showcase for Sagona's trendy, eye-catching art. An unseen narrator announces, "This is my hand," then proceeds to describe what a hand can do (pick, hug, protect) and to assert various truisms ("It can't do things without me/ It does what I want it to do"). The speaker then "chooses" to engage in various constructive activities and "choose[s] not to steal/ push/ hurt/ grab/ or break." Sagona's hip style camouflages the text's didacticism to some extent. Powerful, streamlined graphics float against sophisticated, blended-color backgrounds. The narrator's hand, for example, is first seen against a background heavily daubed with shades of pink; the hand itself is purple and patterned with '60s daisies (think Flower Power). The artist uses color fields to create visually rhythmic panels on other spreads, and she doesn't shy away from rendering figures with fuchsia or sea-green skin. But the art, like the text, is aimed more at adults than kids, who may feel cheated of a story. All ages. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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PreS-Gr 2-Exhibition-quality artwork combined with a simple text that carries a message of uncomplicated goodness makes this offering a delight to read and share. The abstract art in a brilliant kaleidoscope of colors radiates a sense of joy throughout. Starting with the cover, which shows handprints in bright hues against a background of varied shades of blue, every page is covered with a mixture of textures and colors and a quality and variety of light that are artistically engaging. Each short statement printed in uppercase letters is incorporated into a double-page illustration that explains in childlike simplicity the wonders of the human hand that can hold, hug, hurt, or do whatever its owner desires. The element of choice is strongly emphasized, and choosing positive actions in work and play is clearly recommended. The clarity and vividness of the paintings make this book an excellent choice for story programs. The brief text and large font are ideal for beginning readers, and there are many details of interest in the pictures.-Marlene Gawron, formerly at Orange County Library, Orlando, FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670036219
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/12/2003
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 2 years
  • Product dimensions: 10.06 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

This is Amanda Haan's first book for children.  A freelance writer, she holds a Master's degree in psychology from the University of Geneva, and currently lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    may be fine for 2-4 year olds

    I purchased this book for my K/1 classroom. It did not engage them. I believe it is meant for a younger audience. It is beautiful, though, just not for my age group.

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