HANDS by Lois Ehlert

HANDS

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Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

In a book that resembles work gloves, an unnamed child speaks of hands: the hands of parents, and the child's own. In pages of vivid, saturated colors, "my father" builds birdhouses and plants vegetables, while "my mother" sews quilts and plants flowers. Their roles are traditional, but the child works, with joy, alongside both of them, and wants to be an artist. The clever shapes--a tin box that opens to reveal screwdrivers, a flap that turns out to be the lid of the child's box of paints--lead to a satisfying final overlay of a child's hand print, Mom's heart-patterned gardening gloves, and Dad's work gloves--the book's cover. It's a work that looks simple, but encompasses at least as many grand notions as Ehlert's first book, Growing Vegetable Soup (1987). (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-15-201506-X
Page count: 20pp
Publisher: Harcourt
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1997




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