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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (July 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763616672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763616670
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,594,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Rich, full-color photographs illustrate the variety of fine and gross motor activities in which hands become engaged. "Hands can catch/and hands can throw./Hands can plant seeds in a row." Vibrant solid colors, which change at random, frame each photograph. All of the ethnically diverse children pictured are engaged in and intent on their activity. Bourke captures the action without making the scenes seem staged. The rhyming text sets the scene, focusing on age-appropriate activities such as tying a shoe or playing "Peekaboo." The book opens with a wave "hello" and ends perfectly with a friendly "Bye-bye." This inviting offering provides youngsters with an almost sensory experience in which they can appreciate how their hands help them to explore and interact with their world.
Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
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PreS. Clear, colorful photos give this picture book its great child-appeal; toddlers and preschoolers use their hands in so many ways--waving, catching, throwing, clapping, playing peek-a-boo. Unlike the stiffly posed models too often seen in books illustrated with photographs, the children of this multicultural cast look completely engaged in their activities. Hudson's rhythmic, rhyming text bounces along in a satisfying way, tying the pictured activities to the theme of hands. The book's loose structure, open-ended topic, and eye-catching photos leave plenty of space for conversation between young children and those who read aloud to them, a real plus in books for the very young. Carolyn Phelan
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More About the Author

Author, publisher and entrepreneur, Cheryl Willis Hudson began her career doing textbook design for publishers such as Houghton Mifflin and Macmillan.
Noticing a lack of quality Black-interest books for her own two children, in 1988, Cheryl Hudson and her husband Wade formed Just Us Books, Inc., a publishing company that specializes in children's books that focus on Black experiences, history and culture. Hudson's AFRO-BETS® ABC Book was Just Us Books' first published title.
Cheryl Willis Hudson has written over 20 children's books, including the classic Bright Eyes, Brown Skin, Many Colors of Mother Goose, and Come By Here, Lord: Everyday Prayers for Children, Hold Christmas In Your Heart, What Do You Know, Snow!, the What a Baby board book series (Scholastic, Inc.) Hands Can (Candlewick), My Friend Maya Loves to Dance (Abrams) and From Where I Stand (Marimba Books).
As an author, Cheryl Willis Hudson crafts vibrant and engaging multicultural books that allow children of color to see themselves positively reflected in society. As a diversity workshop facilitator and speaker she shares her experience and expertise in developing curricula of inclusions with schools and educational organizations around the country. She loves to visit schools and libraries to talk with children and parents about her books.
For fun, Cheryl sings with friends in an amateur acappella vocal group. She lives in Northern New Jersey with her family.

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She brings it to us to read multiple times a day.
Melissa R Hauca
Young children will love Hands Can, with its simple, rhyming text, bright colors and delightful photographs depicting children having fun with their hands.
Sherri Allen
She also gets very excited when she sees the last photo which is a baby boy waving hand for bye bye.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tabitha Pearson-Marshall on August 20, 2003
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It's a beautiful example of how some wonderful words can sing with amazing photography of children. The layout of the book is bold & bright and an instant eyecatcher. The photos capture the joy of the children as if you were right there with them. My 3 year old loves to follow along & point out all the activities on the pages. Just great! Highly recommended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Becky Newson on March 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
We actually checked this book out from the library, and while I didn't think my 16-month-old daughter would be super impressed with this book, she proved me wrong. For the past 2 weeks, it's the book she demands to be read to her very first, before all other books. If it looks like she's not in the mood for book time, all I have to do is get this book out and she will instantly calm down and sit still for every single page. She loves mimicing the pictures: smearing finger paints, giving hugs, pat-a-cake, peek-a-boo, and waving hello and goodbye. She loves pointing to all the hands she can find, and since reading this book, she has taken a very keen interest in hands and fingers, which leads us to be able to practice counting our fingers. I would recommend this book to anyone, it's sure to be a favorite!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Mommy on November 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A MUST for all children's libraries! I bought this book for my now 4-year-old when she was 18-months. She loved it then and has continued to enjoy it to this day. Now that she's a preschooler, she enjoys "acting it out." My 21-month-old has loved this book since she was around 8-months-old and she's very picky, but has always especially enjoyed books with pictures of kids and babies. I can remember her crawling across the floor to get to this book! The title was one of her first 2-word sentences. She, too, loves to act it out and we all know it so well we can sit around the dinner table and recite it together word for word.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melissa R Hauca on August 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have never reviewed anything on Amazon, but my daughter's reaction to this book is definitely worth documenting! I bought it a long time ago- before my 15 month old daughter was even born. I recently pulled it off the shelf for her (she is moving out of the board-books-only phase.) I am amazed how much she loves it! She brings it to us to read multiple times a day. She wants to go through the pages over and over, looking at kids as they do all of her favorite things... paint, throw balls, wave hi, clap, sing, etc. It is mesmerizing for her. I love how positive the book is about all of the things kids can do. Very highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sherri Allen on October 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
"Hands can clap while voices sing. Hands can do all kinds of things." Hands Can, by author Cheryl Willis Hudson and photographer John-Francis Bourke, is a celebration of the wonder of little hands.

Hands Can describes and shows children using their hands in a variety of activities. It also shows a variety of hands. There are girl hands, boy hands, toddler hands, "big-kid" hands and hands of many races.

Young children will love Hands Can, with its simple, rhyming text, bright colors and delightful photographs depicting children having fun with their hands. They will want to wave hello like the little boy in beginning of the story. They will want to play Peekaboo like the little girl near the end. They will want to read this book again and again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book with lots of pictures showing kids doing all kinds of activities like playing ball, planting seeds, etc...and the text is easy to follow for my 14-month old son. He LOVES this book and will go through a huge box of books to find this and will then come sit on my lap so I can read it to him for the 100th time that day. Get this book - it's very kid-friendly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Bishop on May 13, 2014
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This book is so sweet and my child immediately adored it. He even clapped his hands when he saw the pages with the kids clapping. I cried, it made me so happy! Lovely book, and endorsed by Montessori, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy Gilmour on July 8, 2014
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I'm so glad I found this one! My 18 month old son loves books with real pictures. Nice clear pictures if children doing common things.
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