Whose Hands Are These?
A Community Helper Guessing Book
If your hands can mix and mash, what job might you have?
Hands can wiggle, hands can clap.
Hands can wrap and flap and tap.
But hands can help—so raise yours, please!
Can you guess? Whose hands are these?
What if your hands reach, wrench, yank, and crank? The hands in this book—and the people attached to them—do all sorts of helpful work. And together, these helpers make their community a safe and fun place to live.
As you read, keep an eye out for community members who make repeat appearances! Can you guess all the jobs based on the actions of these busy hands?
Miranda Paul is an award-winning children’s book author. Her recent books include One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia, a Junior Library Guild selection. She lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with her husband and two children. Find out more at www.mirandapaul.com and www.oneplasticbag.com.
Luciana Navarro Powell was born in Brazil and worked as a product and graphic designer and before becoming an illustrator. She incorporates watercolor, photographs, and scanned objects into her artwork. She lives with her husband and two children in San Diego, California.
|Interest Level||Preschool - Grade 3|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Genre||Picture Books, Social Studies|
|Category||5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Expository Literature|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Millbrook Press ™|
|Number of Pages||32|
|Reading Counts! Level||1.4|
Author: Miranda Paul
Miranda Paul is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books for children, including One Plastic Bag and Boston Globe–Horn Book Honoree Nine Months Before a Baby Is Born. Miranda is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books and serves as its mentorship chair. Learn more at mirandapaul.com.
Illustrator: Luciana Navarro Powell
Luciana Navarro Powell was born in Brazil and worked as a product and graphic designer before becoming an illustrator. She incorporates watercolor, photographs, and scanned objects into her artwork. She lives in San Diego, California.
- ILA Teacher's Choices
“Paul and Powell have created an interactive rhyming gem. . . . A well-organized and attractive look at careers.”—School Library Journal
“Care has been taken to ensure that people of all ages, races, and genders are depicted doing the work. . . . [T]he text is linguistically complex and fun, helping readers to build vocabulary with words associated with the professions. . . . An engaging, well-executed resource.”—Booklist
“Rhyming verses and illustrations of hands working give readers the opportunity to guess what community jobs people do . . . [f]rom the commonplace to those that rarely appear in picture books. . . . A great addition to libraries’ and teacher’s shelves for units on community helpers.”—Kirkus Reviews