Hands Up!
Hands Up!
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Annotation: A young girl lifts her hands up in a series of everyday moments before finally raising her hands in resistance at a protest march.
Catalog Number: #181009
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Dial
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Evans, Shane,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-525-55231-6
ISBN 13: 978-0-525-55231-4
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018015398
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
This picture book offers a different take on a black body raising "hands up." Vibrant, colorfully textured illustrations show different displays of black children raising hands, such as playing peekaboo, getting dressed, and other mundane activities. The book follows one little girl as she puts her hands up to do chores, to reach for books on a high shelf at the library, and even to assume the fifth position in ballet class. She holds up her bun as her grandmother does her hair, throws her arms up "in praise and worship," and hoists a trophy after a victorious basketball game. Riding her bike with her hands up results in a fall, but there is a caring adult there to pick her back up. McDaniel sends a positive and affirming message that normalizes for black children the gesture of raising their hands, redeeming it from the very negative, haunting images of black people raising their hands while being confronted by police. The book closes with a bold illustration of children of all colors raising their hands and holding signs such as "Water = Life," "Spread Love," and "Black Lives Matter." Evans employs a pastel palette that amplifies McDaniel's sunny message. Outlines are done in purple, blue, brown—there are no literally black marks in this book.A warm and necessary message of empowerment for black children, helping them see that raising their hands is a celebration of their humanity. (Picture book. 4-8)
Publishers Weekly
McDaniel-s debut picture book offers a jubilant paean to a universal, everyday occurrence that has many interpretations: raising one-s hands. A brown-skinned girl-s day begins with a stretch to -greet the sun, bold and bright,- and additional hands-up motions follow as she lifts her hands to let her parents pull on her shirt, enthusiastically gestures to her teacher (-Please pick me, Ms. B!-), reaches for a book on a high shelf, lifts hands -in praise and worship,- and jumps to score during a basketball game-and then triumphantly raises a trophy above her head. Spare, deeply expressive mixed-media pictures by Evans (Chocolate Me!) feature vivid colors and inventive textures, and they underscore the positive power of helping hands, even in less than ideal situations (adults comfort the girl when she overturns a glass of juice and takes a bicycle spill). Final spreads illuminate the book-s crux, as hands of various skin tones are raised in unison--High fives all around--and people fervently hold up placards endorsing love and tolerance. An uplifting celebration of advocating for oneself, aiding those in need, and connecting with one-s community. Ages 4-8. (Jan.)
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Word Count: 162
Reading Level: 1.3
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.3 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 509701 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: 360L

This triumphant picture book recasts a charged phrase as part of a black girl's everyday life--hands up for a hug, hands up in class, hands up for a high five--before culminating in a moment of resistance at a protest march.

A young black girl lifts her baby hands up to greet the sun, reaches her hands up for a book on a high shelf, and raises her hands up in praise at a church service. She stretches her hands up high like a plane's wings and whizzes down a hill so fast on her bike with her hands way up. As she grows, she lives through everyday moments of joy, love, and sadness. And when she gets a little older, she joins together with her family and her community in a protest march, where they lift their hands up together in resistance and strength.

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