Aristotle, Alexander the Great, and Julius Caesar were but a few of the illustrious figures who practiced chiromancy: the study of lines on the hand. Thanks to Reid, you too can join this eminent company. In this visually attractive Dorling Kindersley work, Reid takes the exotic and makes it accessible. She taps into the widespread appeal of the "pseudosciences" and unveils hand reading as the art that it is, one necessitating skill and demanding credibility. The book introduces hand reading with a brief, intriguing history of the practice, just enough to whet the interest, but not enough to overwhelm. Readers may find themselves enticed to do further research to flesh out the tantalizing facts Reid offers. The bulk of the text, however, goes into great depth on the process of looking at and analyzing the hand, its shapes, mounts, markings, lines, nails significance, size, timelines, and more. One can trace relationships, journeys, and even compatibility to others. Each two-page spread boasts full-size illustrations and photographs of hands, with the hand feature under discussion easily distinguished. Boxes offset additional information or expand the topic. The page layouts are typical of DK's high quality-uncluttered and attractive. They offer manageable bits of knowledge. Readers will avidly pore-pun intended-over both this engaging volume and their hands. The clarity of information and graphical appeal of The Art of Hand Reading, as well as its fascinating subject matter, make this a good choice for reluctant readers. A fun addition. Glossary. Index. VOYA Codes: 5Q 4P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written, Broad general YA appeal, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
VOYA - Jennifer Ann Fakolt
YAChirology, or the art of hand reading, seems to have appeared about the same time as the caveman. For centuries its reputation has oscillated between a venerated science and a banished hoax. Currently, it provides geneticists and psychologists with opportunities to study an individual's personality, health, physical characteristics, and background through the appearance of a person's hands. Reid's concisely written text contains the history, physiology, and the practical how-to of this practice. Intriguing tidbits of data strategically punctuate the presentation, adding interest, as well as educating and entertaining readers. Together, text and illustrations build a harmonious display of written word and visual effect. Most teens will enjoy finding personalities and potential in the palms of their hands and in those of their friends.Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA