MOMMY’S HANDS by Kathryn Lasky

MOMMY’S HANDS

Age Range: 2 - 5

KIRKUS REVIEW

Through simple observations, a trio of toddlers reveals the love, security, and nurturing that are expressed through the everyday tasks and motions of a mother’s hands. One child relishes holding her mother’s hand while another admires his mother’s dexterity, as she deftly pours milk without spilling. The children also rely on the wisdom inherent in their mothers’ hands as they patiently guide their smaller, inexperienced hands to master a basic task, such as using a rolling pin or forming letters with a pencil. The authors incorporate a gentle give-and-take into the tale: for all the admiration expressed by the children, they also describe their accomplishments as lauded by their mothers. While the narration is simply told in child-like fashion, the wealth of emotion behind the mothers’ actions is clearly communicated to the reader. LaBrosee’s (Little Brown Hen’s Shower, above, etc.) bright, full-color illustrations add a multicultural appeal to the tale. Her friendly drawings depict African-American, Asian-American, and Caucasian pairs. Reading this cozy tale is rather like being enveloped by a mother’s warm embrace, subtly reminding readers of the surety of their mother’s love. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-7868-0280-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Hyperion
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2002




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