Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ghost Hands by T.A. Barron - ADVISABLE

Barron, T.A. Ghost Hands, illustrated by William Low.  Philomel (Penguin), 2011.  $19.  PICTURE BOOK.  When T.A. Barron visited the Cueva de las Manos (Cave of the Hands) in Patagonia, he was inspired by the 100’s of hands and one left foot that decorate the cave walls.  Because there is no explanation for the hands and foot left from history, Mr. Barron postulated his own story about a brave boy who wants to be a hunter like his father and saves an old man’s life in the process.  Low’s illustrations and T.A.’s narrative work perfectly together to create a charming story of bravery.  They have done a great job of creating a plausible story to explain the mystery – at least it is good enough to enjoy and inspire.  EL (K-3), EL – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library Teacher.

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