My selection for this week’s Perfect Picture Book Friday is Hands by Caldecott-honor winning artist Lois Ehlert
Author/Illustrator: Lois Ehlert
Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books (September 1, 2004)
Ages: 4 and up (although with it’s simple text and vivid pictures I think any age would enjoy)
Theme: Creativity, Help Others/Kindness, Family, Non-Fiction
My father always works with his hands.
He builds things in his workshop.
He measures with his ruler;
marking the wood with a pencil.
Then he measures again,
just to be sure.
From the publisher: “Do you like to make things with your hands? As the child in this story watches her mother and father work with their hands, she knows she wants to build and sew and garden and paint just like they do. All she needs is a special place to work, lots of good materials- and plenty of encouragement. With these tools, she is able to make the most wonderful things. From Caldecott Honor-winning artist Lois Ehlert.”
Why I like this book:
I love the way this book is laid out. The pages are uniquely cut to make it fun page after page. The easy reading is great for teaching children to read. And it is a book that young readers can read out loud or on their own. It is a unique way to convey a simple concept. I love it!
Perfect Picture Book Fridays are a weekly blog event where participants review some of their favorite picture books. The posts are compiled on author Susanna Leonard Hill’s website. They are categorized by theme to help parents, educators and readers find the perfect picture book easily. To learn more, please visit Susanna’s site where you will find the complete PPBF’s library.