|What will these hands make?|
Author: McClure, Nikki
Follows a family through one day, from enjoying treats at the bakery and handmade goods from local artisan shops to the new construction in town.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (12/01/19)
School Library Journal (01/01/20)
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Booklist - 12/01/2019 A title page displaying six different hands shows how clever human fingers can be. The wordless and detailed double-page spread in the middle of the book presents an active community of people in a big city and surrounding countryside. With limited text throughout, the general theme of a birthday party is referenced and mirrored as a family opens presents, eats the cake, watches a puppet show, and sings and dances around a campfire. Images are made from cut black paper with a limited palette of black, beige, and occasional objects highlighted in spots of red, white, or yellow. Careful viewers will be delighted to find scenes revisited in closer detail and from different vantage points. In her author’s note, McClure notes the many hands that helped her create this book, both named and unnamed (“cake bakers, musicians, sidewalk makers, builders, cartwheelers; dreamers and makers all”). The clever bookmaking technique, which moves between the busy scene and its individual sections, produces the joy of a shared experience in which all hands combine. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 01/01/2020 PreS-Gr 1—Themes of community, creativity, and craft are at the heart of this book about a family preparing for a grandmother's birthday celebration. With the repetitive question of "What will these hands make?," a young girl explores all the possibilities of what hands can make. The child repurposes a worn sweater into an imaginative fish-shaped pillow before going out to the larger world, where a variety of handmade items are mentioned, from a knitted hat for baby, a bench, and a cake to things such as sidewalks, bicycles, and bridges. McClure's (How to Be a Cat) signature art made from black paper with an exacto knife on a tan background is sprinkled with images of a variety of people doing hands-on projects. Pages alternate between text and wordless red-and-white spreads that give opportunities for contemplation on all the things in our world that hands can make. The language can be a bit stilted at times, and McClure breaks from her previous pattern at the end to ask questions like "Will these hands make a safe place to be?," "Will these hands make a community?," and "What will your hands make?" VERDICT A good selection to inspire young makers and for fans of McClure's previous works.—Danielle Jones, Multnomah County Library, OR - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.