Hold Hands

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11.1 X 0.6 X 8.6 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Sara Varon is a printmaker, graphic novelist, and children's book author/illustrator living in Brooklyn. Her books include Robot Dreams, Bake Sale, Odd Duck, Chicken & Cat, Chicken & Cat Clean Up, Sweaterweather, and New Shoes. In 2013 Sara Varon was a recipient of the Maurice Sendak Fellowship. You can find more of her work on her website.


"Varon's singular visual style--bright, friendly, and completely zany--and her deft, economical writing style make this simple ode to holding hands burst with originality and charm." --New York Times

"In Varon's world, even the sun and the moon hold hands. Seemingly effortless verse...makes this the kind of readaloud that could find a place among favorites." --Publisher's Weekly

"With gentle guidance, young readers will pick up on the broader message that hand-holding...embodies strong emotional connection, bonding, and inclusion. [This] concept is well-depicted in the colorful, cartoony illustrations of the smiling, bearlike protagonists and their fellow community members, who represent various animal species, colors, sizes, and shapes."--Kirkus

"This is sure to be a day-care winner, and even youngsters petulantly asserting their independence may be reminded that it's really quite nice to hold somebody's hand."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Various animal (and other) characters, rendered in Varon's singular offbeat style, show readers how hand-holding can provide comfort." --Horn Book

"This warmhearted book will hold up over many readings, and is a must purchase for -libraries serving younger patrons." --School Library Journal

"Award-winning graphic novelist and picture-book artist Varon uses her trademark stylings and anthropomorphic animals to create a gorgeous and precious picture book about a simple but crucial element of learned childhood behavior." --Booklist