My Father's Hands by Joanne Ryder

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A father makes a green and growing place and finds among the shadows of bushes and flowers hidden treasures. Cupping them in his earth-stained hands, he calls his daughter to come and share his discovery.

Each time, she finds a garden creature to marvel over and remember: a delicate pink circle of worm, a beetle in shining gold armor, or a leaf-green mantis who boldly balances upon her own steady and caring fingers.

With graceful, loving words and vibrant art, Joanne Ryder and Mark Graham portray a special father who shares what he values most—all the beauty and wonder of the natural world.


About Joanne Ryder

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Joanne Ryder has always loved pandas, starting with the very first small panda toy she had as a child. She has continued to be fascinatd by these rare and wonderful animals throughout her career as a writer. She is the award-winning author of numerous picture books, including A Pair of Polar Bears: Twin Cubs Find a Home at the San Diego Zoo; Little Panda: The World Welcomes Hua Mei at the San Diego Zoo; My Mother's Voice; My Father's Hands; Big Bear Ball; and Wild Birds. She lives in Pacific Grove, California, with her husband, Laurence Yep, who is also an author.
Published August 15, 1994 by HarperCollins. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When they reach for something interesting--a ``pink circle of worm,'' a snail, a mantis--``I bend closer,/knowing that/ nothing within/my father's hands/will harm me.'' Wide-eyed, a little hesitant in Graham's lush, romantic paintings, the little girl takes the mantis in her hands to gaze in wond...

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