"Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them."
- Arnold Lobel


Every Tuesday is Book Review Day, where I review and recommend a children's book.

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Keep cozy this fall with a good book!

22 July 2010

Book Review #15 :: The Handiest Things in the World ::

The Handiest Things in the World

The Handiest Things in the World
by Andrew Clements
Photographs by Raquel Jaramillo
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division
Copyright 2010

"Of all the handy things there are,
the hand itself is best by far.
To grab, to hold, to pull or twist -
the hand itself is handiest."

Publisher's Summary:  Eight fingers.  Two thumbs.  Two flat palms.  And all those knuckles.  But our hands are so much more than that.  They were once the first pair of earmuffs, a primitive visor, and a convenient set of chopsticks.  The work done by hands centuries and centuries ago paved the way for many of our favorite and most useful tools.  The always-clever Andrew Clements reminds us all that the mother of much invention is right at our fingertips!

Mary Elizabeth's Musings:  Delightful, colorful photographs combined with Mr. Clements' poetic verse make this book a gem to share with your little ones! Reminding us how truly spectacular our hands are, this book will inspire children to recognize the special work their hands do every day.  Digging in the dirt, feeling the rain, counting, and reaching out to one another are just a "handful" of ways our hands bring us through each day.  

I recommend this book for ages 2-6 years.

Other picture books by this author:

A Million Dots Dogku

Some of Mr. Clements' AMAZING Chapter Books:

A Classic!
A Week in the Woods
Not quite as well-known as Frindle, but one of my favorites by him!

And a few more of my personal recommendations by Mr. Clements ...
The Janitor's BoyRoom One: A Mystery or TwoThe School Story

Clue #2 for Mystery Friend Friday :: Moose ::


Carole Anne Carr said...

How lovely, I do wish I wrote for younger children, it might be easier than my usual 17 plus chapters to edit, but I suppose there are many problems to overcome when producing work for the little ones too.

Buried in Books said...

Hi- Saw your site on the Got Books Participant list and poked around. I love children's books. My boys are too old for them, so I buy them for my grandkids (and me) I love "17 Things I'm No Longer Allowed To Do" and "365 Penguins" and we had "Bark George" memorized when our kids were younger. I love children's books. My personal favorite is one no one has heard of called "Moon Soup". It's so imaginitive and the pictures are so full of color and creative a child could make anything out of them he or she wanted. I love that book and your site. I'll be back for more!


Lu said...

I will have to check this one out! I have read most of Clements novels, but very few of his other books. Thanks for the recommendation!

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