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Clap Hands

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  188 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Helen Oxenbury's delightful board books, featuring her sweet and cuddly babies at play, are back with a whole new look.
Board Book, 10 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Little Simon (first published September 30th 1987)
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May 16, 2011 TheTwins rated it liked it
I have to admit, when I first got this gift as a shower gift I thought I didn't like the art and thought it was just kind of a weird children's book. Well, apparently I do not have the same taste as Abi and Lili because they love it.
Jul 21, 2014 Pam rated it it was amazing
Same review as All Fall Down by the same author, see this book is geared toward very young children, but I still love it now that my babies aren't babies anymore. The simple rhyme and great pictures make it something I won't part with.
Apr 26, 2014 Shane rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully illustrated and has cultural diversity - the only possible con is that it ends *SPOILER ALERT* with "wave goodbye to mommy/daddy" - so it's not ideal for all audiences.
Dec 10, 2010 jacky rated it liked it
Shelves: lib-lew, board-books
Helen Oxenbury's board books were highly recommended in another book I was reading (both possible titles were too long to write here). I wasn't that impressed. I had read Ten Fingers and Ten Toes (I think that's the title), back before Natalie was born, and didn't like the illustrations. I still am not found of the look of the babies. The illustrations are nice big close ups of babies playing, but they just weren't for me. I'd prefer photographs than this style. The text were simple and rhymed, ...more
Jan 21, 2014 Emilie rated it really liked it
Shelves: board-books, babies
Short, simple board book. Great for use with movement activities.

Good illustrations with a variety of babies of different ethnic backgrounds represented. The last lines, however, are "wave to Daddy, wave to Mom," so not necessarily an ideal book for some modern families; the book was originally published in 1987.
Helen Oxenbury's delightful board books, featuring her sweet & cuddly babies @ play, are back w/a whole new look.

Mar 13, 2015 Jackie rated it really liked it
The pictures really capture the adorableness of little kids!
Jul 26, 2011 Kim rated it liked it
Shelves: laptime
It's difficult to find great Laptime in the Library books because most books geared to babies are board books. The good thing for a caregiver or storyteller is that this particular book is a larger board book. It is, however, really short, which might be fine when a child is on your lap and you're reading it 15 times but isn't great in a storytelling setting.
What a lot of the other reviews seem to be forgetting is that these books are for babies/toddlers (up to probably about two years). Oxenbury really does a great job of speaking directly to that audience in a compelling way.

Unfortunately, way too many other 'board' books are just children's books on stiff paper...
This book can be read to Pre-K students. It illustrates different ways to use your hands. I would use this book to teach students how and how not express themselves. I like this book because it allows the teacher to teach politeness and mannerism in and outside of school.
Nov 01, 2009 Huda rated it liked it
Shelves: en-pic-books
I couldn't give it more than 3stars
The whole set is lovely and the illustrations are great but I never tried reading 8-pages-book to any toddler before
Would they like it??
Sophie Landrum
Aug 07, 2007 Sophie Landrum rated it it was amazing
We own all of this series. These were the books that started a true LOVE of reading. She still comes back to their simple rhymes and baby faces- perfect for the tiniest readers.
Jul 31, 2012 sash. rated it liked it
Lovely illustrations, loving the display of multiethnic babies...

Perhaps too little text, but that is based on the demographic really.
Aug 25, 2009 Wilder rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
My daughter now 14 mo loves these books! There are only 4 pages but they are such a hit. I have to read them many times.
Sep 29, 2008 Aubrey rated it really liked it
Very short and sweet, perfect for my 1 year old. My kids loved doing all the actions while i was reading the book.
Jul 15, 2012 Gwen added it
My lil man loves this one! Also paints daycare in a very positive light - which I appreciate being reinforced.
Jul 24, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Another cute series of books, these are the perfect length for children with the shortest attention spans.
Apr 18, 2016 Molly rated it really liked it
A book about making sounds for babies. I used it in baby storytime and it seemed to go over well.
May 24, 2011 Polly rated it really liked it
The perfect answer to the difficult question of what you can read to a child younger than 1!
Jan 15, 2009 Amron rated it it was amazing
I love anything by her. This is part of a four-piece board book series that I LOVE!
Christine Turner
Mar 25, 2009 Christine Turner rated it it was amazing
Helen Oxenbury creates wonderful board books for infants.
Horace Mann Family Reading Challenge
Babies clap hands while they play and listen to music. A.R.
Maren Prestegaard
Sep 01, 2012 Maren Prestegaard rated it really liked it
Shelves: baby-books
Perfect book for babies. 4 pages long.
Aug 26, 2011 Den rated it liked it
Loved the simpleness of these books
Definitely go for the big board book!
Kate Hastings
Sep 25, 2007 Kate Hastings rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: babytime
Shelves: babies
short and sweet
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Growing up in Ipswich, England, Helen Oxenbury loved nothing more than drawing. As a teenager, she entered art school and basked in the pleasure of drawing, and nothing but drawing, all day. During vacations she helped out at the Ipswich Repertory Theatre workshop, mixing paints for set designers. It was there that she decided her f
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