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Andrew Clements

The Handiest Things in the World

Andrew Clements The Handiest Things In The World
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The mother of invention is right at your fingertips! Ten knuckles, two thumbs, two flat palms, and all those fingers—but our hands can be so much more.

They were once the first pair of earmuffs, a primitive sun visor, and a convenient set of chopsticks. The work done by hands centuries and centuries ago has paved the way for many of our favorite and most useful tools. The always clever Andrew Clements reminds us all that the mother of much invention is right at our fingertips.

This unusual concept book looks at all the things that hands can do and the tools that help do them better. On a typical double-page spread, two short rhyming sentences are paired with photos. The first shows achild’s hands performing a job, while the next shows them using a tool. The tool may be named (a child mixes batter in a bowl, accompanied by the text, “Sticky fingers make a mess. / Mixers make the mess much less”), but usually it is referred to by pronoun, creating a simple name-the-object game, as in “Tidy is the way to be. / This will help enormously.” In the first picture, a girl untangles her hair with her fingers; in the next, with a comb. A bit longer, more complex, and less predictable than most picture books presenting concepts, this may appeal to somewhat older kids as well as preschoolers. Excellent color photos of different children engaged in everyday activities enhance the book’s appeal. — Carolyn Phelan, BOOKLIST, March 1, 2010


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