Citation: Cauley, L. B., Weiss, J., G.P. Putnam’s Sons, & South China Printing Co. (1992). Clap Your Hands. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Clap Your Hands

Ages: 0 – 8

Grades: PreK – 1

Description:  Clap Your Hands is a rhyming text that invites readers to move along with the story from cover to cover. Using rhyming words, and bright images of children and animals in colorful costumes, Cauley invites readers to clap their hands, stomp their feet, and roar like a lion.  The whole of the text in the book are commands to move.

Uses:  Clap Your Hands is the perfect addition to any toddler or preschool storytime. The rhyming text encourages children to perform simple actions, which will not only refine motor skills, but will also get them moving for the whole of the book. The bright images will also capture children’s attention. This book could also be used during baby time, with the parents doing the motion to the children/assisting children with the motion, as to encourage parent/child bonding, and to emphasize the importance of physical activity for both parent and child at an early age.

Review Sources:

Zaleski, J. (2001). Children’s NOTES. Publisher’s Weekly, 248(30):78.

Bliss, Liza. (1992). Book Reviews: Preschool & Primary Grades. School Library Journal, 38(7): 57

Kirkus Reviews. (1992). Clap Your Hands. [Review of the book Clap Your Hands]. Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved from:

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