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The Handiest Things in the World

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A book by Andrew Clements

PreSchool-Grade 1—This fresh take on an often-overlooked appendage compares hands with everyday tools. Eating with fingers and then with chopsticks, walking a dog off a leash and then on, catching an insect with bare hands and then in a net, and … see full wiki

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Author: Andrew Clements
Publisher: Atheneum
1 review about The Handiest Things in the World

Great Verse, Pictures, and Prose

  • Jul 5, 2010
Rating:
+4
Of all the handy things there are,
the hand itself is best by far:
To grab, to hold, to pull or twist--
the hand itself is handiest.

But other things are handy too.
Just look around, you'll see it's true.
Which things are handiest for you?
Depends on what you need to do.

This new book by Andrew Clements, with pictures by Raquel Jaramille, is great. The verse is just wonderful and the pictures are big, bright, and attractive.

The topic of the book are those clever hands and fingers of ours, and tools! Clements presents these in juxtaposition, showing how we can do things like counting on our fingers, and on a calculator. [Other examples are how we can eat with our fingers, and eat with chopsticks. Brush our hair with our fingers, and with a comb.]

Tidy
is the way
to be.

This will help enormously.

What I like about this approach is that it gets children thinking. Yes, hands do so much, but one of the things they do is build 'tools' to make stuff easier. Now to understand this, most children are going to need an adult's guidance. Otherwise they are just going to enjoy the luscious pictures.

THE SKINNY:::
"The Handiest Things in the World" is great edu-tainment. It's an education and entertaining book that kids will enjoy more and more and they understand the concepts that Clements is talking about. The photography is wonderful, and the verse is top-notch.

This would be a great book for teachers --professional and amateur-- to employ because you can make a game out of finding things hands can do, that can be done better with tools.

Ten
thousand
years
have come
and gone...

our hands keep working, on and on.
And as the future years unfold,
new handy tools will grip or hold.

Whatever we may need to do,
one fact remains forever true:
For sharing love with tenderness...
the hand itself is handiest.

Pam T~
"Good Books of Kids" website

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