Beautiful Hands
Beautiful Hands
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Annotation: A celebration of the many things children can accomplish with their little hands is illustrated with artwork created using thumbprints and handprints.
Catalog Number: #111910
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-9907993-0-1
ISBN 13: 978-0-9907993-0-6
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2014946421
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1&12; This colorful concept book will inspire creativity in children and teachers alike. Baumgarten's inspiration for creating the work was holding the hands of his children and asking, "What will your beautiful hands do today?" This book asks questions on each spread (e.g., "Will they [your hands] lift?&30;What can they lift?") and uses simple or complex handprints to illustrate. Young elementary school students have made turkeys and flowers with their handprints for years, but these illustrations take handprints to another level. The primary and secondary colors jump off white backgrounds and demonstrate that handprints can be more complex when hands swoosh and swirl, or tiny fingertips create big images. The text is spare but encourages stretching imaginations and thinking of the wonderful possibilities each new day brings. VERDICT A first purchase for preschool and kindergarten audiences that would work well to stimulate art activities or the introduction of primary colors and color mixing.&12; Mary Hazelton, formerly at Warren &; Waldoboro Elementary Schools, ME
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Otoshi is notable for books that are both lovely in their simplicity and their ability to make children (and adults) think. Previous books One (2008), Zero (2010), and Two (2014) all dealt with some of the difficulties of childhood and how to resolve them. This title, based on exchanges coauthor Baumgarten had with his young children, highlights the possibilities that exist, even for little ones, to make the world a better place. "What will your beautiful hands do today?" is the question that leads off the book, and the answers are many. Will they plant? And, if so, "What can you plant?" Ideas, perhaps. "What can you touch?" Hearts. "What can you lift?" Spirits. Each double-page spread features a bold image ch as a bird, a butterfly, or a dragon enched in color against a pure white background, with handprints used to form and texture a great deal of the images and text. An arresting penultimate spread of a tree whose canopy is formed of handprint leaves is also filled with ideas children can reach for: peace, truth, faith, hope, and dreams. Books are often either useful or touching, full of message or full of wonder. This one has both in abundance.
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Starred Review ALA Booklist (7/1/15)
School Library Journal (7/1/15)
Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-K
Lexile: AD300L

This colorful concept book reveals an illustrative surprise and reading delight with every turn of the page. Little hands can do so many wonderful things: plant ideas; stretch imaginations; and reach for dreams. Parents and educators will enjoy sharing the word play with young readers. Children will revel in the spectacular art created using thumb- and hand-prints. The book's uplifting message will rouse and motivate, leaving no heart untouched. Based on co-author Bret Baumgarten's experience of holding his daughter's hands every morning and asking her, "What will your beautiful hands do today?," this book was created to inspire children everywhere to use their power to help themselves and others achieve their dreams. Co-authored and illustrated by Kathryn Otoshi ( One, Zero, Two ), it is sure to charm.

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