Citation: Newman, J. (2011). Hand book. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.HandBook

Ages: 3 – 8

Grades: PreK – 2

Description: Newman’s Hand Book follows a set of hands as a they grow up, and experience the many emotions and happenings of life. With short sentences, and bold images, Newman traces the growth of the owner of the pictured hands: young hands clap, older hands toss graduation hats, and eventually older hands hold other hands.  Newman’s Hand Book subtly introduces readers and listeners to growing up, in a hopeful way.

Uses: The Hand Book is ideal for a family or baby storytime, when parents/guardians interact with the children during the program. The Hand Book can be read during programs, to introduce babies and young children to the concepts of clapping, etc. Parents can help babies clap, and move along to the story.

Review Sources:

Van Vleck, G. L. (2011). Hand Book. School Library Journal, 57(7), 74

Hand Book. (2011). Publishers Weekly, 258(23), 41

Hand Book. (2011). Kirkus Reviews, 79(14), 1261.

Kraus, D. (2011). Hand Book. Booklist, 107(21), 65.

Tags: parents and children