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Hand Book (Jeff Newman)

on February 22, 2012
Hand book
Hand Book by Jeff Newman
Format: Picture Group
Age: 0-2 years
Storytime Rating: ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼
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With bare bone visuals, Jeff Newman takes us through all the various actions of our hands in this book. By bare bone visuals, I mean that the page is mostly white, with only body parts (face, or hands) colored. I like this book because it is simple, and yet also interactive for a group storytime. I can imagine the kids clapping their hands, crossing their hands, and waving good-bye as we read this book.

The colors are highlighter bright, and the images span both pages in a book (which is always great for storytime crowds). I would paperclip a couple of pages together, as it is a bit too long for baby attention spans, even though it fits the requisite 32 pages. Some of the concepts won’t carry over well in group storytimes, although they are perfect for one-on-one reads. Such as “hands turn.” With mostly white on white images, most of the kids won’t be able to see that the hand is turning a page in a book unless they are sitting at the very front of the group. Still, I think this book can be incorporated into storytimes in other ways. As an activity where kids act out the hand motions, rather than just looking at the book. Using this book as an intro for a hand-orientated rhyme or song would also work. It would be great for a body-parts theme storytime.  



Storytime Rating: The rating scale determines whether this book is ideal for storytime or not. 


– Wordy, small font, too much plot/sub plot small pictures, not ideal for a group setting


☼ ☼ – Wordy, small font, the book itself is small, not ideal for a group setting


☼ ☼ ☼ – Less wordy, larger images, the book is small or the font is small, ok for a large group


☼ ☼ ☼ ☼  – Less wordy, simple plot, large font, large pictures, good for a large group


☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ – Ideal length, large font, large – 2page images, large book, good for a large group


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