The Handiest Things in the World by Andrew Clements, photographs by Raquel Jaramillo (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2010)
In this unique concept book, Andrew Clements (author of Frindle and many others) has created a simple ode to this important appendage: the hand. Raquel Jaramillo's photographs show different children using their hands as tools to take care of themselves, build, create, cook, clean, care for others and oneself, and to share love. (Whatever we may need to do, one fact remains forever true: For sharing love with tenderness...the hand itself is handiest.) Preschoolers and even a bit older children should appreciate this realistic concept book. The photographs will work well for sharing with a group, as well as one-on-one.