Thursday, December 16, 2010

One Hand, Two Hands by Max Lucado

Children find hands very interesting. One of the first things that fascinate children is discovering their hands. As their parents use hands to caress, cuddle, squeeze, tickle and play, children become captivated with their parents’ hands. Our son can play with my fingers for hours, giggling and moving them around.  It is no surprise, then that Max Lucado’s newest children’s book focuses on our hands and the wonderful things we can do with them.

Lucado presents the message of how we can use our hands to help others in a simple way for children to understand. Illustrator, Gaby Hansen, using a subdued, almost pastel palette, makes the illustrations creative and fun – especially as she gives imaginative life to the little girl’s stuffed animals.

Lucado’s note to parents at the book’s beginning shares his heart for helping kids understand the difference between helping hands and hurting hands. His focus on the positive side seems a wise choice.

My favorite part of the book is the closing section that lists ways for hands to be helping, kind and loving. Though I would recommend this book to anyone with a small child at home, having the narrative focus on just a little girl instead of a boy and a girl limits the interest of little boys in the book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: 
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC's “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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