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Click here to read an interview from the "Author Spotlight" featuring Pat Mora on Charlesbridge Publishing's web site.
Join Hands! The Ways We Celebrate Life
Friends come together to sing, dance, and play in this tribute to community.
Pat Mora weaves the repeating lines of a pantoum, a Malaysian poetic form, into a joyful celebration while George Ancona's energetic photos capture the ways of enjoying good times with others.
Check out this nice review of Join Hands on the blog "A Year of Reading."
"The exuberant words of Pat Mora's poem combined with George Ancona's vibrant, happy photographs make Join Hands! an absolute joy!...Each page is given over to one line of verse, in a fun, wiggly font; and the accompanying photograph is either framed in a bright color or presented as a full-bleed image. The motifs presented in the verse are also repeated in the photographs - but whereas there's a universality about the poem, which speaks to and can be chanted by all children, the photographs highlight diverse groups of children having fun putting together their "hoopla day" and "ballyhoo" in a potpourri of colors and traditions … Together, Mora and Ancona have produced a gem - let us hope that Join Hands! The Way We Celebrate Life is the first of many books by the duo! "—Paper Tigers
Find out what a third grader thinks about Join Hands on the blog of the Children's Book Center's (CBC) Cooperative Services for Children's Literature (CSCL) book review initiative.