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Whose Hands are These?: A Community Helper Guessing Book

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  222 ratings  ·  66 reviews
If your hands can mix and mash, what job might you have? What if your hands reach, wrench, yank, and crank? The hands in this book--and the people attached to them--do all sorts of helpful work. And together, these helpers make their community a safe and fun place to live. As you read, keep an eye out for community members who make repeat appearances! Can you guess all the ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2016 by Millbrook Press
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Lynn  Davidson
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Whose Hands are These? is a guessing book written by Miranda Paul. Geared to the younger set of readers, it introduces several careers for them to consider.

As Miranda uses excellent rhyme to tell about each community helper, she lays out clues to describe them, and then allows the reader to guess who she means. The page turn reveals the answer.

The beautiful illustrations in Whose Hands are These? a Community Guessing Book were created by illustrator Luciana Powell. On each page she has perfectly
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Beautiful book, vocabulary above preschool age
Ashley Hubbard
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is so cute! I loved reading it. It is a guessing book for community helpers! It talks about the things that the particular "hands" do, and it has you guess which helper it is. Such as, if your hands can mix and mash, what job might you have? What if your hands reach, wrench, yank, and crank? The hands in this book do all sorts of helpful work. These helpers make their community a safe and fun place to live, and that helps children get in tune with their community.

If a teacher is doing
Melissa Gorzelanczyk
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this book because the author is a good friend of mine.

This five star rating has nothing to do with that fact.

Innovative and interesting, WHOSE HANDS ARE THESE will captivate readers with lyrical text and beautiful illustrations that avoid cliche. A stellar example of making reading and learning fun through rhyme, art and a guessing game. I loved it!
Christina Carter
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I borrowed this book from my public library because it immediately made me think about the unit that our 2nd grade classrooms do on Community Helpers. During this unit of study, students learn about all manner of members of the community who help to keep the wheels turning. One year, they also dressed up as their chosen community helper and presented on what they do. How fun is that?!

Whose Hands Are These? A Community Helper Guessing Book would make a great read during our Community Helpers
Jordan Peluso
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life-stories
1. N/A
2. K-2nd grade
3. This book by Miranda Paul follows the hands of all the people that make up a community. Pairing real life into a guessing book, Paul shows just how many different hands can accompany so many different types of jobs. Showing that it takes a lot of people, but even more hands, to make a community.
4. I think this book is a great to introduce early childhood learners to the concepts of community. It has great life lessons inside, including the concept that it doesn't matter
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
diverse picture book (preschool/kindergarten ages 3 and up; occupations/community helpers).
* Prominently features diverse characters: yes--there are no main characters, but the cast is ethnically diverse and reflected prominently on the cover; the different jobs have a pretty equal representation of women (and older folks); the potter wears a hearing aid; one of the kids in the classroom has a wheelchair.
* Good choice for preschool storytime - large, colorful illustrations; invites audience to
Ali Gregory
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a sweet little book! This book is describing different occupations people can or some are even hobbies. The book starts out by describing an occupation and gives examples of what a person might do within that occupation but does not reveal the occupation until the next page. One page leads right into the next ending with a word that will rhyme with the occupation that is on the next page. The illustrations are really neat because they show what the person might do in the occupation ...more
Nikole Herrmann
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book would fit in the informational genre. This book would be good for a K-1 classroom because it could be used in a unit where the students are being taught about the importance of keeping our hands to ourselves, but also what cool and important things our hands can do. The book talks about all of the cool things each individual can do with their hands, and how some hands might do different things than another, and it also offers a fun time where students can guess or give other ideas of ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
This surprised me by being extremely well-written and well-illustrated. The rhyming text doesn't have an awkward beat anywhere in it and every line conveys some bit of information about the career being discussed. I borrowed this as an ebook from Hoopla to preview it for my kids, and now I want to run right out and get a library copy so can share it with them. I think it surpasses both Career Day by Anne Rockwell and Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do, which have previously been my go-to books ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a gorgeous and informative book about community helpers that is set up in a riddle format. I had the privilege of watching the author read this book aloud and interact with children as they responded to the riddles! (Black Creek Village Library, WI on May 6, 2017) Very wonderful and a must have in preschool classes as well as the primary grades. The author's note contains an inspirational sentence, "I've discovered that hands can help our world in many ways and it's OK to be more than ...more
Ana DeLoreto
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Whose Hands are These? is a fun guessing game story that gives readers an insight on the different careers that people are in. This book demonstrates that no matter what career you choose - or whatever you want to be when you grow up - your helping hands will be beneficial to a numerous amount of people. This book is a fun, interactive book that will inspire readers.
Feb 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book is filled with charming rhymes about adult occupations. However, the rhyme about police officers is absolutely tasteless!

"Stop and go, these hands are waving.
Catch that guy! He's misbehaving!
These hands help us keep the peace.
Hold yours up, it's the...police!"

That's a hard no from me. If I owned this book, I would tear this page out!
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A nice guessing book with diversity, great pictures, and rhymes and clues to help kids reach the answer. (The only tricky part is, I'm not sure of any kids who say "physicians" instead of "doctors," but it's a good discussion point anyway.)
Mrs. Ruigrok
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book about people in your community. It's a rhyming book with beautiful illustrations and children will love listening to the clues, looking at the pictures and guessing who the hands belong to. Great for learning about the jobs that people do. !
Two BookWorms Blog
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
For a fresh perspective, Whose Hands Are These? is an excellent way to introduce some of the helpers of our community.

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Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: community
I always grab this one as an opiton for Community Helpers storytime, and each time am struck by some of the strange professions chosen. I feel like I could use this with K-1st, but not with my preschoolers.
Jonathan Smith
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
great book which allows kids to guess, think about all the people in the community
I just wish the hands in this book were not all so "white."
Paige intheBooks
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
"what can your hands do?"
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Excellent for introducing students to a career fair.
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun to read aloud. Engaging and interactive look at our community's helping hands and who they belong to.
Marti M
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very sweet rhyming book about different professions!
Sheila Campbell
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fun, engaging rhyme and riddle. A big hit!
Encourages children to guess what jobs belong to the hands of the people doing them.
Alicia Evans
I read this for our Community Helper storytime this week. I really enjoyed the guessing aspect to the book. It got the kids more involved and they had to pay attention to the clues. However, this did mean that I lost some interest pretty quickly from those who didn't want to participate.

For: readers looking for a playful Community Helper book.

Possible red flags: some readers may find the book too long and the job titles too obtuse to "guess."
Ashley Wesner
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! Everyone's hands can do different things. This book explores those different things that people do. Farmers, Cooks, Police, Scientists, Doctors, and more! It's so much fun to have kids guess whose hands are whose!
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a must have for a unit on community helpers!! Before the text even begins, we are given a page with various tools/instruments (a stethoscope, whisk, beaker, walkie talkie whistle, etc.) this would be a nice point to stop and ask students what purpose these tools serve and which types of community helpers may be included in the book based on the tools we see. The book was written with a cute yet simple rhyming text. The illustrations were soft and subtle but very enjoyable, I was happy to ...more
Carrie Charley Brown
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pb-nonfic, rhyming
WHOSE HANDS ARE THESE? highlights the important roles of individuals in our community through a guessing game structure and perfect rhyme and meter. Prediction clues and exciting page turns foster higher levels of engagement. Paul’s book is not only a great curricular resource, but a fun way for parents to speak to the many questions children have about careers and community helpers. Illustrator Luciana Navarro Powell clearly viewed things through a child’s eyes when creating the secret guessing ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, children
As a teacher, I loved this book. Community helpers and future Careers are often taught in primary grades and this book is another way to introduce that unit. Told in rhyme it entertains. I loved that the illustrations showed both genders in the jobs as well as multi-ethnic persons. Some of the names might be different (ie. physicians vs. doctors) and some unusual in this type of book (architects) but it certainly gives children ample choices to make and introduces what some of the jobs are that ...more
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Miranda Paul has worked as a teacher, volunteer zookeeper, and freelance writer--among other things. She is passionate about creating stories for young readers that inspire, entertain, and broaden horizons. Miranda is also a thrill-seeker, and one of her bravest moments involved reciting poetry from inside a crocodile pit. (Yikes!)

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