Hands-On! Hands Say Love by George Shannon
HANDS THAT DO ALL THEY CAN DO
ARE ALSO SAYING "I LOVE YOU."
When you think of all the things humans do with their hands, it is clear that hands are perhaps the most human thing about us.
Hands Say Love (Little, Brown and Company, 2014) by George Shannon and Taeeun Yoo help children understand the meaning of touch and gesture and all it can convey. Hands that dress and feed and cuddle little ones, support them as they learn to walk and ride a bike, that soothe a scrapped knee or play peek-a-boo, all show what it means to parent a child.
Children's hands that stroke their pets, draw pictures and fold a paper hat, Mom's hands that brush and braid hair, children who clap along while Dad plays his guitar, friends who don't forget to turn and wave a goodbye, all are part of being human in unique ways.
HANDS THAT PULL THE COVERS TIGHT,
HANDS THAT SEND A KISS GOOD-NIGHT.
Shannon's simple couplets movingly express the love in such gestures, with Yoo's easy portrayal of all kinds of families and friends which shows how hands convey love in ways that even the youngest child can understand. A Valentine from anyone, to anyone.