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Hands

by Lois Ehlert

Published by Harcourt, Brace, 1997
42 pages
ISBN: 0-15-201506-X

Ages 4 - 8

A book exactly the size of and shaped like a yellow work glove appears to have pages held together by a wooden ruler on which the author's name appears on one side and the words "Beaver Dam, Wisconsin" are written on the other. A unique volume with pages of varied sizes and shapes and two moveable parts offers a tribute to the skills and values encouraged by Ehlert's parents. The book features woodworking, sewing, gardening, and painting and pictures a pot holder Ehlert stitched from scraps when she was eight. Through a first person narrative, young readers are introduced to an environment fostering the skills that all artists must acquire in one way or another: careful measurements, available supplies and tools, sharp observation, a place of one's own to work. "I like to make things with my hands," says the narrator. "Don't you?" Readers can read more about Ehlert's creative process in Under My Nose (Richard Owen, 1996) and Talking with Artists edited by Pat Cummings (Bradbury, 1992). CCBC categories: The Arts; Picture Books; Biography and Autobiography.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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