This is a book written for preschool age children as a way to show them the wonderful things their hands can do, from "scratching, latching, and petting a pup..." to "wash dishes with Mommy. Put toys in the box." This book is being released as the same time as Max Lucado's adult book Outlive Your Life which I will be reviewing in a few days. That timing is intentional as this book teaches preschoolers about how they can use their hands to help others and to show love.
My 2 year old woke up from her nap and discovered this book and was enraptured with the pictures that were illustrated by Gaby Hansen. She spent quite a bit of time flipping through the book looking at the various animals, flowers and children. As I speak she has taken the book from me to look at again. When we sat to read it she enjoyed the rhyme scheme of it. As a parent I enjoyed the teaching aspects of it such as how many hands we have, fingers, thumbs. Naming parts of the hands etc. The book also includes two pages towards the end where preschool age tasks are listed under headings that include Helping hands and Loving hands. Not that there was a lot of discussion with my 2 year old about these tasks, but they did remind me as a parent to point out that she is using helping hands and loving hands when she does those things to encourage her to continue. I also was pleased to see a very simple prayer at the end of the book as my daughter prays A LOT! It isn't unusual for her to just walk up and tell me, daddy, big brother, or big sister to pray with her. I like that this illustrates other children her age praying as well.
If you have a preschooler, this is a great book. It has a gift page at the beginning as well making this a great present to give.
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