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Hold Hands

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  10 reviews
In Hold Hands, beloved graphic novelist and children's book author Sara Varon offers a sweet rhyming story about friendship and connection.

Hold hands each time you cross the street.
Hold hands on the bus if you don’t have a seat.
Hold hands when you say goodbye.
And also when you’re jumping high.

Everybody holds hands. You can hold hands with your little brother or your best f
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by First Second
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Carla Johnson-Hicks
3.5 stars, rounded up. This is a very cute book about holding hands. With a rhyming text and delightful illustrations, the author shows the importance of holding hands. Whether it is for safety (crossing the street) for comfort (when someone is sad), for confidence (going down steep stairs) or just for friendship, holding hands is a wonderful thing to do. My only drawback was that occasionally, the pacing and cadence changed and was a bit off for the rhyming patterns. I find that often, little o ...more
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's a day in the life of a preschooler in this adorable graphic novel by award-winning graphic novelist Sara Varon. Her adorable animal characters all hold hands: camels hold hands with giraffes, the sun and the moon share a hand-to-hand clasp as they pass in the sky, cats and dogs walk hand-in-hand, even the title page of the book sports colorful letters with sweet, smiling faces, holding onto one another. The whole day is seen as a series of hand-holding moments: a little bear holds hands wit ...more
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
children's picture book (reviewed by uncorrected galley), ages 2-5
sweet rhyming text and Varon's winning illustrations emphasize staying close to loved ones and helping each other. Sometimes the instances when you'd hold hands are physically awkward (or maybe just look that way in Varon's cartoons) such as when getting into the car, across the table eating cheese, or when getting a goodnight kiss from your parent (I would keep my hands snugly under the blankets, but maybe my drafty house is cold
Becky B
A rhyming picture book celebration of all the times and situations when it is good to hold hands.

The holding hands situations covered in this book include things like companionship, safety, solidarity, friendship, love, lending bravery, care, and bittersweet moments. It’s a cute picture book with Varon’s signature style of animal characters and kids will likely eat it up. There are lots of picture books about hugs and kisses out there, but I can’t think of another one about holding hands. Kids l
I love Sara Varon's style, with her fun animal characters, and the premise of this one - that everyone holds hands throughout the day - could be especially poignant with children. However, I felt like some of the hand-holding situations were no the best: the most dangerous showed and elephant about to go down a slide at a playground, holding hands with a small mouse behind him (hold on, mousie, you're in for a ride! Don't try this at home, kids!), while the most impractical was holding hands whi ...more
Carol Tilley
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
A sweet and encouraging book for preschoolers.
(Read via e-galley provided by the publisher through NetGalley).
Adriana Martinez Figueroa
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly sweet 💕
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Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
So cute. I am unashamed of my love for Sara Varon's books, and this one reaches smaller kids with rhyming text and the importance of holding hands (and showing love and support to your family, friends, and teachers). The pictures are beautiful, as always. Sometimes the rhyming changed cadence, which is the only critique I have, but I'll still be buying this book and selling it to kids whenever I can!
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Simple, short rhyming story. This tells you that it is okay to hold someone's hand when you need a friend, when you need help, or when you need comfort. The illustrations are colorful, and I think this would be a fun storytime read.
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