This is a beautiful picture book sure to resonate with any adult who has ever loved a child. Meanwhile, kids will relate to the childhood hallmarks represented throughout. The gorgeous watercolor illustrations of this sweet picture book help secure it a place in the hearts of adults who read it.
This is a lovely look at a mother-son relationship over the course of a lifetime, represented by their hands—holding, waving, and supporting…The book is unabashedly nostalgic, with sentences on the first and last pages sentimentally showing the circle of life, and full of joy.
Johnston (Bone by Bone by Bone) and Bates (The Big Umbrella) never overplay their respective hands—the lilting prose treads lightly, and Bates’s soft watercolor, gouache, and pencil portraits of the mother and son going about their daily lives offer a tender specificity alongside a comforting universality.
Loving Hands is a delightful book that shows how loving hands that caress, heal, soothe, and support can create strong mother-son relationships. Great for new mothers and grandmothers wanting to bond with their sons and grandsons. The soothing lyrical verse is enhanced by warm watercolor illustrations. Upon reading this, many will want to find small hands to hold and lead through life.
—Candace Moreno, San Marino Toy & Book Shoppe, San Marino, Calif.