LEFT HAND RIGHT HAND by Janet Allison Brown


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Age Range: 2 - 4
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This hand-shaped effort describes the purpose and power behind people's hands.

Wordy spreads discuss the differences between right and left, challenging readers to examine them and use them in a variety of ways. The text is utterly at odds developmentally with the toddling audience. “Cross your wrists so that your RIGHT hand is now on the LEFT and your LEFT hand is now on the RIGHT.” The text asks the child listeners to place their hands over the front and back covers (in the shape of two hands) to distinguish their right from left. Unfortunately, the pages' shapes are the opposite inside, so the "right hand" appears on the left side when facing readers. A hodgepodge of instructions and vignettes clutters the already cramped pages. Tiny cartoon illustrations sometimes appear odd and even disconcerting in context. “Do any of your other fingers do special things? We use our forefinger to say, be quiet!” The corresponding image depicts a slouching boy with trumpet in hand; a woman towers over him with her shaking finger in an angry reprimand.

Hands down, this subject is a poor choice for a board format. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7641-6517-7
Page count: 16pp
Publisher: Barron's
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2012


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