Author: Newman, Jeff
Follows a person's journey through life, focusing on the hands and what they do, from babyhood to adulthood when a new pair of hands comes into existence.
Common Core Standards
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Craft & Structure
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 2 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
Kirkus Reviews (07/15/11)
School Library Journal (07/01/11)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 07/01/2011 Gr 2–4—From toddler hands clapping to a schoolboy's keyboard strokes, graduation-hat tosses and hands crossed in frustration over want ads, Newman spotlights the role of hands throughout life. A simple sentence on each page rhymes with a companion page, but sometimes feels forced: "Hands to eat./Hands (and feet.)" The wide circles creating nearly faceless figures are done in ink and permanent marker, predominantly in orange. Later pages present situations of interest to adults, such as meeting a mate: "Hands shake/and hold/and then,/again…," reinforcing the mature tone. Children originally attracted to the visual simplicity will leave puzzled by the theme.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA - Copyright 2011 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 07/01/2011 Right from the first spread, Newman wants to get young listeners involved. One hand. / Two hands, he writes, alongside illustrations of two little hands reaching onto a white page, just as one sitting on the reader’s lap might. Then begins a rhyming list of all the things that hands do: Hands grip. / Hands slip. / Hands wash. / Hands dry. / Hands say good-bye. Rarely is more than an arm shown, and Newman pulls off the ink, marker, and gouache illustrations with the fewest strokes possible and only the barest accents of color. Partly because the design is so basic, Newman’s transition into a bigger story feels pretty sly. Hands turn shows a slightly older child doing homework. Hands toss shows us graduation caps thrown high. And finally, with great subtlety, two hands meet, hold, and then guess what? Enter a new baby: one hand, / two hands, / clap. (Parents can explain this however much they’d like.) A simple and ultimately universal story, well told. - Copyright 2011 Booklist.