Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Book Review: One Hand, Two Hands by Max Lucado

This delightful children’s book uses rhyme to tell all our hands can do, from petting a pup to washing dishes. Action words like “clap” draw the reader in and encourage movement. The illustrations are detailed, realistic cartoons of a little girl and her animals as they find new ways to use hands. For those who pay attention, the pictures depict an endearing surprise at the end. Children ages 2-5 will most enjoy the message that hands can be used in kind, loving, and helpful ways.

The book’s message is clear throughout and is presented in a fun, kid-friendly manner. The spiritual message teaches children how to love others, which is a necessary part of Christian upbringing. The illustrations are beautiful and they largely complement the simple text. I only have one complaint; I wish the pictures always matched the bolded words on each page. For instance, one page has the words “Clap ‘em” bolded, but the girl and animals are actually waving their hands in the air. I would prefer for “wave ‘em” to be bolded, but this is a minor point.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book for its charming illustrations, potential to actively engage children, and important message.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program.

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