Product Code: 92025
Binding Information: Hardback
Ages: 4 - 7
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"Join hands with everyone, and your feet begin their dance."
Who doesn't love a good celebration? Whether you're marching in a pet parade or planning a masquerade, enjoying good times is always fun, especially when you can strut and ballyhoo with friends. From singing canciones to planning a hoopla day, Join Hands! joyfully celebrates the many ways that children build communities with friends of all ages.
Award-winning author Pat Mora weaves the repeating lines of a pantoum, a Malaysian poetic form with a specific pattern of repetition, while George Ancona's lively photos capture the ways that kids have fun with others. Join Hands! is not only a wonderful way to celebrate diversity and play, but also a great tool to teach poetry that relates to kids' lives.
This book is good for your brian because:
Multiculturalism, Global Awareness, Poetic Form, Self Expression
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Kirkus Reviews - June 15, 2008Lively photographs celebrate both individuality and community. From singing and dancing to a pet parade and masquerade, the joys of playing together are made manifest through Ancona's trademark high-spirited pictures. Parents familiar with The Electric Company and other pieces produced by the Children's Television Network will wax nostalgic over the candid photos with natural light; the clean design and wide diversity of representations in the photos will also capture the attention of younger readers. Mora calls on kids to join in the fun using a pantoum, a Malaysian poetic form. Composed of four-line stanzas, in which the second and fourth lines of each stanza become the first and third lines of the next stanza, the pantoum enlivens the text with repetition and rhythm. The full poem is included at the end with color-coded lines to help readers understand its structure, along with a friendly explanation of the form.
School Library Journal - November 1, 2008Children of assorted ages and ethnicities dance, dress up, and act out different scenes. They play instruments, ice skate (alone and in groups), and perform or parade. Their energy is evident in every crisp, colorful photograph. The text is a pantoum, a Malaysian poetic form that repeats various elements in four-line stanzas. The repetition goes around like a circle, and the author says it reminds her of "friends joining hands." A concluding note explains the form, but it is not necessary to read it in order to enjoy this lively and beautiful book. Of course, it can also be used as a creative writing tool to teach the poetic form.
--Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City
Curriculum Connections - April 15, 2009Energetic color photographs of multiethnic children playing, dancing, and singing illustrate an exuberant paean to the joys of youth, friendship, and family. Written in verse, in the form of a pantoum, the words dance across the page with delightful repetition and rhythm.
Paper Tigers.org - October 1, 2009The exuberant words of Pat Mora’s poem combined with George Ancona’s vibrant, happy photographs make Join Hands! an absolute joy! Children of different ethnic backgrounds are shown joining together in all sorts of fun, dancing, skipping, skating, playing music. Young readers/ listeners follow the children as they make the necessary preparations for their parties and parades too.
The rhythmic verse is written in the form of the traditional Malaysian pantoum, which Mora explains at the end. She points out how apposite the pantoum form is: “The second and fourth lines in one stanza become the first and third lines in the next” – so “We strut and ballyhoo” in the first stanza becomes “Some read, some ballyhoo” in the second. The last stanza brings the poem full circle by echoing its corresponding lines back at the beginning, “like a group of friends joining hands”. Young readers will delight too in the photograph of Mora and Ancona as these two grown-ups are obviously ready to join in their fun.
Each page is given over to one line of verse, in a fun, wiggly font; and the accompanying photograph is either framed in a bright color or presented as a full-bleed image. The motifs presented in the verse are also repeated in the photographs – but whereas there’s a universality about the poem, which speaks to and can be chanted by all children, the photographs highlight diverse groups of children having fun putting together their “hoopla day” and “ballyhoo” in a potpourri of colors and traditions. Papel picado, balloons, even pets, all add to the excitement – and one hilarious picture shows a girl having a cascaron (an eggshell filled with confetti) broken over her head!
Together, Mora and Ancona have produced a gem –let us hope that Join Hands! The Way We Celebrate Life is the first of many books by the duo! This is definitely one book that will not do for a quiet storytime: on the contrary, after reading it, children will likely want to jump up and dance and put together their own parade!