Hands up What comes to mind when you hear those two words together Sadly, for me, I think of apprehension and blue flashing lights and fear Breanna McDaniel s Hands Up takes those words back This book uses and says hands up in happy or everyday ways With a timeline of events from baby to toddler to teen, the words are paired up with peek a boo, dancing, unity, andThese beautiful pages bring the joy back into the words And puts the joy back in our hands High fives all around, ha Hands up What comes to mind when you hear those two words together Sadly, for me, I think of apprehension and blue flashing lights and fear Breanna McDaniel s Hands Up takes those words back This book uses and says hands up in happy or everyday ways With a timeline of events from baby to toddler to teen, the words are paired up with peek a boo, dancing, unity, andThese beautiful pages bring the joy back into the words And puts the joy back in our hands High fives all around, hands up From the first page to the last, I loved this book The vivid purple opening pages wake you up The soft yellows and greens in the illustrations soothe and move the reader along Plus look at the joy on the cat s face I love a book that inspires me to think about words and associations This book does that and.Highly recommended This book is STUNNING Beautiful, energetic, and joyful. This picture book is beautiful, honest, relevant, thought provoking, and sweet I am grateful it exists for children, students, and families everywhere BlackJoy I love the idea of the book as outlined in the author s note at the end, but the words and pictures that proceeded that statement just didn t click for me, lying flat on the page.My tags view spoiler not a graphic novel, fiction, children s literature, picture books, African Americans, children, family life, community, protests, resistance, black lives matter hide spoiler I love the idea of the book as outlined in the author s note at the end, but the words and pictures that proceeded that statement just didn t click for me, lying flat on the page.My tags view spoiler not a graphic novel, fiction, children s literature, picture books, African Americans, children, family life, community, protests, resistance, black lives matter hide spoiler This book THIS BOOK What a gorgeous story. A delightful and beautifully crafted book that celebrates all the joyful ways to have your Hands Up This is a much needed reminder and counter story to the negative and usually less than nuanced single narrative of the phrase Hands Up This triumphant picture book recasts a charged phrase as part of a black girl s everyday life hands up for a hug, hands up in class, hands up for a high five before culminating in a moment of resistance at a protest marchA young black girl lifts her baby hands up to greet the sun, reaches her hands up for a book on a high shelf, and raises her hands up in praise at a church service She stretches her hands up high like a plane s wings and whizzes down a hill so fast on her bike with her hands way up As she grows, she lives through everyday moments of joy, love, and sadness And when she gets a little older, she joins together with her family and her community in a protest march, where they lift their hands up together in resistance and strength This book is as bright and beautiful as its author. A positive portrayal of being told to put your hands up singing in church, getting dressed, fixing hair, 5th position in ballet graceful like Ms Misty , playing defense in basketball, and high fives Last page shows everyone with hands up at a rally holding signs that say, Black Lives Matter, Water Life, and Ningun ser humano es ilegal Not many words on each page short and simple Would be great for reading to a group of children as they could put their hands up for each action A positive portrayal of being told to put your hands up singing in church, getting dressed, fixing hair, 5th position in ballet graceful like Ms Misty , playing defense in basketball, and high fives Last page shows everyone with hands up at a rally holding signs that say, Black Lives Matter, Water Life, and Ningun ser humano es ilegal Not many words on each page short and simple Would be great for reading to a group of children as they could put their hands up for each action Digital mixed media for the illustrations looks like boxy, crayon ish drawings that are bold and simple This is perfect for social justice displays for the little ones Hands Up is learning, growing, and reaching It s praise, it s perseverance, it s love Wonderful, colorful illustrations with a beautiful depiction of family, achievement, and self confidence This picture book has captured my heart, and I can t wait to share it with everybody Audiences young and old will adore Hands Up.