Hands Say Love

illus. by Taeeun Yoo. 32p. Little, Brown. 2014. Tr $17.00. ISBN 9780316084796. LC 2013004715.
PreS-Gr 1—Rhyming couplets follow the activities of a loving family in this gentle book for toddlers. Beginning with the dawn of a new day, parents sweetly wake a child, a sibling helps pour a cup of milk, a parent's hands carefully guide baby's steps, a child entertains with a puppet, and many hands complete daily tasks. "Make a gift./Help you lift/Fold a hat./Pet the cat.." A party is prepared and celebrated with friends—"Play a song./Clap along." And the final steps to the day are completed—"Hands that hold a book to share./Hands that brush and braid your hair." A mix of block printing, pencil, and digital work, the lovely illustrations have a hand-drawn look, as each scene provides easily recognizable images for the youngest readers, ending with the most important words of the day, "Hands that do all they can do/are also saying, 'I love you.'"
VERDICT For a family read or simple identification of the day's activities, this charming book sends a loving message and will be a hit in most libraries.

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