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Title:
Loving hands
ISBN:
9780763679934
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2018.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
"Hands wave hello, hands hold, hands heal. Hands say, I am here for you always. In simple, stirring rhymes, author Tony Johnston pens a timeless ode to parenthood. The small moments and quiet scenes that make up childhood--learning to clap, planting a garden, waving good-bye on the first day of school--fill the pages of this gentle tale, capturing the reassurance and love that parents hand their children every day. Warm illustrations by Amy June Bates show a young boy reaching for his mother's hand as he grows older and more independent . . . until, perhaps, he can be the one to offer love and support with hands that say, I am here for you always. An eloquent look at the passage of time and the power of connection and care, this book is a heartfelt gift for loved ones at any and all milestones in life"--Provided by publisher.
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Loving hands lift, carry, hold, and give in a tender meditation on the everlasting bond between a parent and a child.

Hands wave hello, hands hold, hands heal. Hands say, I am here for you always. In simple, stirring rhymes, author Tony Johnston pens a timeless ode to parenthood. The small moments and quiet scenes that make up childhood -- learning to clap, planting a garden, waving good-bye on the first day of school -- fill the pages of this gentle tale, capturing the reassurance and love that parents hand their children every day. Warm illustrations by Amy June Bates show a young boy reaching for his mother's hand as he grows older and more independent . . . until, perhaps, he can be the one to offer love and support with hands that say, I am here for you always. An eloquent look at the passage of time and the power of connection and care, this book is a heartfelt gift for loved ones at any and all milestones in life.


Author Notes

Tony Johnston was born in Los Angeles, California on January 30, 1942. She received a B.A. in history and an M.A in education from Stanford University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a fourth-grade teacher.

She has written over 70 books for children. Her titles include Amber on the Mountain, the Cowboy and the Black-Eyed Pea, Day of the Dead, the Ghost of Nicholas Greebe, the Sparky and Eddie series, and the Adventures of Mole and Troll. Her first adult novel was Any Small Goodness.

Her works have earned her several awards including a Children's Choice Award for Four Scary Stories and the Beatty Award in 2002 for Any Small Goodness.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

An entire category of growing-up picture books is really more for parents than for children, embracing sentimentality too avidly, but this volume hits the emotional mark with a genuine grace that doesn't turn saccharine. The title sets up the literary conceit: hands signify the years and love that pass between a child's birth and a parent's old age-hands that play pat-a-cake and bake bread, hands that wash away painful stumbles and hold tight during scary moments, hands that know when to let go. In the book's final pages, when the "mother's hair turns white as salt./ Her memories slip like sand," the son comes home to care for her. Just as she did for him at birth, he now "hums a tune that has no words/ and holds his mother's hand." Thankfully, Johnston (Bone by Bone by Bone) and Bates (The Big Umbrella) never overplay their respective hands-the lilting prose treads lightly, and Bates's soft watercolor, gouache, and pencil portraits of the mother and son going about their daily lives offer a tender specificity alongside a comforting universality. Ages 4-6. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

This is a lovely look at a mother-son relationship over the course of a lifetime, represented by their hands holding, waving, and supporting. With a mix of full-page spreads and single-page illustrations facing blocks of text with small spot art, it marks intimate and quietly important moments: playing patty-cake, soothing hurt fingers, walking to school, baking together, feeding birds, waving goodbye, and ultimately being reunited again as the young man returns home to care for his aging parent. The rhymes are gentle ( The baby wakes. The baby sleeps / And grows. One day he stands. / He falters like a wobbly colt. / His mother holds his hands ), and the art depicts the brunette mother and blond child in pencil, gouache, and watercolor, with a haze that elicits memories recalled back through the years. The book is unabashedly nostalgic, with sentences on the first and last pages sentimentally showing the circle of life, and full of joy.--Andrew Medlar Copyright 2019 Booklist