Tuesday, October 20, 2015

NEW Kids Picture Books: Day 20

Beautiful Hands
by Kathryn Otoshi & Bret Baumgarten. 
September 2015.

From Amazon: "This colorful concept book reveals an illustrative surprise and reading delight with every turn of the page. Little hands can do so many wonderful things: plant ideas; stretch imaginations; and reach for dreams. Parents and educators will enjoy sharing the word play with young readers. Children will revel in the spectacular art created using thumb- and hand-prints. The book's uplifting message will rouse and motivate, leaving no heart untouched.

Based on co-author Bret Baumgarten’s experience of holding his daughter’s hands every morning and asking her, "What will your beautiful hands do today?", this book was created to inspire children everywhere to use their power to help themselves and others achieve their dreams. Co-authored and illustrated by Kathryn Otoshi (One, Zero, Two), it is sure to charm."

My thoughts: I read this book to myself this morning before my girls were awake, and if nothing else it inspired me to do beautiful things with my hands today! Some of the concepts might be above the heads of young children (lifting spirits, stretching imaginations), but that offers opportunity to explain to them what those things mean.

I especially love the ending pages that describe how the book came to be, and discovering that the handprints on all of the pages really were from the author's own families.

Recommended Age: 2-8 years

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