HANDS by Lois Ehlert

HANDS

Growing Up to Be an Artist
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 2 - 4

KIRKUS REVIEW

An unseen first-person protagonist tempts readers to try their hand at crafts by showing various tools up close. On cardstock paper bound in a small rectangle, shiny, colorful photos of screwdrivers, hammer, pliers, pincushion, scissors, fabric, a seed packet, and paint tell the visual story. Neither the narrator nor her craft-talented parents (woodworking dad, sewing mom) are seen as they build, stitch, and plant vegetable seeds; the tools stand in for the actions. The narrator knows already that when she grows up, she’ll “join hands with my mom and dad” and become an artist. The different shapes of the pages can be a little awkward, extraneously cut out to match the objects on them, but the design is otherwise lovely. Photos of a lush open-up paint box, brushes, and paint splotches are irresistible—have some paints ready for readers to use themselves. (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-15-205107-4
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Harcourt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2004




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