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Mommy's hands
Lasky, Kathryn.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Young children describe the various things their hands and their mothers' hands do when they are together throughout the different seasons of the year.
Reading Level:
AD 780 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 60632.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.3 1 Quiz: 37931 Guided reading level: L.

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Newstead Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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To a small child, a mother's hands are almost magical. Mommy's hands can draw and bake, comfort and cuddle, point out the stars in the night sky and plant a beautiful garden. This charming book, told from the point of view of three different young children, is sure to bring smiles of joy and recognition to both moms and their little ones.

Author Notes

Kathryn Lasky was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 24, 1944, and knew she wanted to be a writer from the time she was ten. She majored in English in college and after graduation wrote for various magazines and taught. Her first book, I Have Four Names for My Grandfather, was published while she was teaching.

She has written more than seventy books for children and young adults on everything from historical fiction to picture books and nonfiction books including the Dear America books and the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. Many of her books are illustrated with photographs by her husband, Christopher Knight. She has received many awards for her titles including Sugaring Time which was a Newberry Honor Book; The Night Journey which won the National Jewish Book Award for Children; Pageant which was an ALA Notable Children's book; and Beyond the Burning Time which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She has also received the Washington Post's Children's Book Guild Award for her contribution to children's nonfiction. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 3-5. A tender and affectionate series of tete-a-tetes between three moms and their children. «I love my mommy's hands,» says an Asian girl, who clings to her mother's hand in the rain. A little redhead loves to count his mom's freckles when his hands pull her close. An African American boy watches his mom's hands pour milk and never spill a drop. The activities are those of daily life: making frost pictures on the windows in winter, planting radishes in the spring, gazing at the constellations on a summer night. The pictures are done in sweet pastel colors without being cloying. The gentlest of lines define facial features and hair--wavy, curly--and the hands of both mothers and children are as expressive as dance and as lovely as flowers. GraceAnne DeCandido.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-An affectionate tribute to every mother whose gentle touch has helped to mold her child through teaching, encouragement, and love. A mother's hands can pour milk without spilling, untangle shoelace knots, braid hair, knead dough, teach printing, and point out the constellations, among other amazing abilities. Three mothers and their youngsters of three different races are pictured using their hands in various ways, separately and together. The children praise their moms and what they can accomplish, and show what they can do with their own hands. Double-spread and single-page watercolor illustrations in soft colors reveal warm relationships and three very confident children learning to become self-sufficient. A tender tale of praise for mothers and their offspring.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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