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This Triumphant Picture Book Recasts A Charged Phrase As Part Of A Black Girl S Everyday Life Hands Up For A Hug, Hands Up In Class, Hands Up For A High Five Before Culminating In A Moment Of Resistance At A Protest March.A Young Black Girl Lifts Her Baby Hands Up To Greet The Sun, Reaches Her Hands Up For A Book On A High Shelf, And Raises Her Hands Up In Praise At A Church Service She Stretches Her Hands Up High Like A Plane S Wings And Whizzes Down A Hill So Fast On Her Bike With Her Hands Way Up As She Grows, She Lives Through Everyday Moments Of Joy, Love, And Sadness And When She Gets A Little Older, She Joins Together With Her Family And Her Community In A Protest March, Where They Lift Their Hands Up Together In Resistance And Strength.

10 thoughts on “Hands Up!

  1. Carmen Carmen says:

    So this book shows a little black girl growing up in America It has her raising her hands up for various things in her life Greeting the sun, playing peek a boo, getting dressed, stretching to reach something on a shelf, using the sink, holding her hair back, swinging on her mom and dad s arms, raising hands in class, reaching for the book on the high shelf, going into fifth position in ballet, riding a bike with hands in the air, accepting help when she falls, raising her hands at a concert, in defense playing basketball, raising a trophy in triumph, giving high fives.This all culminates with her being a teenager and raising her arms in protest.THE ENDTHE GOOD Love the positive, warm family shown in this book Grandma doing Viv s hair, mom and dad playing with her I like how it shows strong community I like how it shows different slices and ages of Viv s life.THE BADI m not sure you can divorce the phrase, Hands up from what is going on in BLM today and the phrase, Hands up Don t shoot being so prevalent and scary right now I know what McDaniel is doing, For many people, the phrase hands up brings forward difficult emotions like anger, sadness, frustration and fear With this story, I wanted to emphasize the ways I ve exp...

  2. Laura Laura says:

    Hands up What comes to mind when you hear those two words together Sadly, for me, I think of apprehension and blue flashing lights and fear Breanna McDaniel s Hands Up takes those words back This book uses and says hands up in happy or everyday ways With a timeline of events from baby to toddler to teen, the words are paired up with peek a boo, dancing, unity, and These beautiful pages bring the joy back into the words And puts the joy back in our hands High fives all around, hands up From the first page to the last, I loved this book The vivid purple opening pages wake you up The soft yello...

  3. Jamila Jamila says:

    This picture book is beautiful, honest, relevant, thought provoking, and sweet I am grateful it exists for children, students, and families everywhere BlackJoy

  4. Kazia Kazia says:

    This book THIS BOOK What a gorgeous story.

  5. Sara Sara says:

    A delightful and beautifully crafted book that celebrates all the joyful ways to have your Hands Up This is a much needed reminder and counter story to the negative and usually less than nuanced single narrative of the phrase Hands Up

  6. tracy lou tracy lou says:

    This book is as bright and beautiful as its author.

  7. Sarah Sarah says:

    A positive portrayal of being told to put your hands up singing in church, getting dressed, fixing hair, 5th position in ballet graceful like Ms Misty , playing defense in basketball, and high fives Last page shows everyone with hands up at a rally holding signs that say, Black Lives Matter, Water Life, and Ningun ser humano es ilegal Not many words on each page short and simple Would be great for reading to a group of children as they coul...

  8. Andrew Andrew says:

    Hands Up is learning, growing, and reaching It s praise, it s perseverance, it s love Wonderful, colorful illustrations with a beautiful depiction of family, achievement, and self confidence This picture book has captured my heart, and I can t wait to share it with everybody Audiences young and old ...

  9. Bonnie Grover Bonnie Grover says:

    Lift your hands in joy and celebration This book helps students see how important their voices and lives are Its sure to be a favorite for adults and kids Thank you BookPosse for the early read.

  10. Yapha Yapha says:

    There is hidden power in this book, reclaiming the act of hands up and putting a positive, joyful spin on it.