Whose Hands Are These? Gets Advanced Praise

Booklist_graphicCongratulations to author Miranda Paul & Illustrator Luciana Navarro Powell for the glowing advance praise of WHOSE HANDS ARE THESE? given by several review outlets. The book is now on sale online at Amazon or through calling Lerner Publishing at 1-800-328-4929 (discounts available). This book will be widely available in bookstores in Jan./Feb. 2016.

From Kirkus Review:

Rhyming verses and illustrations of hands working give readers the opportunity to guess what community jobs people do.

“Stop and go, these hands are waving. / Catch that guy! He’s misbehaving! / These hands help us keep the peace. / Hold yours up, it’s the… // police!” The richly colored and nicely textured illustrations show a hand holding a radio, a pointing index finger, hands writing a summons, and a hand holding a stop sign. From the commonplace to those that rarely appear in picture books, the other occupations include farmer, cook, scientist, potter, news reporter, mechanic, architect, referee, and physician. The final puzzle reveals the hands of teachers, a perfect segue to the final spread, which shows a classroom full of tots dressed as community helpers before an adult audience of the same. In both the pictures showing only hands and in the full-page reveals, people of all genders, ages, and ethnicities are displayed. Backmatter includes two double-page spreads describing each of the careers—what that job entails and the education/experience needed for it.

A great addition to libraries’ and teacher’s shelves for units on community helpers. (author’s note) (Informational picture book. 3-7)

From Booklist:

“Beyond the content, the text is linguistically complex and fun, helping readers to build vocabulary with words associated with the professions…An engaging, well-executed resource.”

The full review from Booklist will appear in the publication’s Dec. 15 edition.