Hands Up!

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 march. A 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 ch This triumphant picture book recasts a charged phrase as part of a black girl's everyday life--hands up for a hug, ha...

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Title:Hands Up!
Author:Breanna J. McDaniel
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Genres:Childrens
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:32 pages pages

Hands Up! Reviews

  • Sara
    Nov 22, 2018
    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! ...
  • Ruth
    Feb 28, 2019
    My privilege was shown to me by this book. I didn't really get what it was all about until I read the author explanation at the end. She tells of the smalls in her life being afraid of the phrase, "Hands up!", so she wrote a book showing all the ways that phrase can be a happy experien...
  • Tasha
    Mar 08, 2019
    A police phrase is turned into something much more positive in this picture book. Starting with being a small baby and lifting her hands to play peek-a-boo, an African-American girl grows up on these pages. Along the way, she raises her hands for all sorts of positive reasons like gett...
  • Jamila
    Jan 15, 2019
    This picture book is beautiful, honest, relevant, thought-provoking, and sweet. I am grateful it exists for children, students, and families everywhere. #BlackJoy ...
  • Gina
    Feb 23, 2019
    I did not see where this was going, so am impressed with the smoothness of the path in getting there. Originally there are pages that are relatable about maybe being young and short and needing to reach up, and also accept help. At the end, when it gets to lifting up together, it is po...
  • Amanda
    Feb 26, 2019
    Celebration, joy, and triumph! Because of who I am I didn't realize that this was reclaiming the phrase "hands up" until I read the author's note at the end. This is such a big world, and so many things I wish and pray for my daughter (and son)...and yet, there are so many things I wil...
  • Sarah
    Sep 28, 2018
    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, "Bl...
  • Sandy Brehl
    Feb 14, 2019
    This is a charming interpretation of the expression so often associated with potentially tragic circumstances, including the chants of "HANDS UP!" in protest marches in recent years. In this case the core concept and expression of hands up varies form a toddler's earliest outreach to...
  • Yapha
    Oct 02, 2018
    There is hidden power in this book, reclaiming the act of "hands up" and putting a positive, joyful spin on it. ...
  • Bonnie Grover
    Oct 12, 2018
    Lift your hands in joy and celebration! This book helps students see how important their voices and lives are. Its sure to be a favorite for adults and kids. Thank you #BookPosse for the early read. ...
  • Jana
    Feb 21, 2019
    This uplifting picture book is an affirmation to young readers that all lives matter and all stories matter. The term "Hands Up" has a negative connotation from tragic stories of racism in the news. But the author of this book wanted to highlight the ways that she has "experienced that...
  • Jillian Heise
    Jan 04, 2019
    Don't miss the author & illustrator notes at the end that explain the deeper meaning behind this book. ...
  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh
    Feb 21, 2019
    Morning comes and young Viv stretches her hands up high to greet the sun, and she continues to put her hands throughout the day. First, getting dressed, then reaching the water running in the sink to wipe up a spill, and later holding her hair up while grandma combs it and puts it in a...
  • Laura
    Feb 06, 2019
    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...
  • Linda
    Mar 11, 2019
    Celebrating a different look at this title phrase is a young girl in all her activities. She holds 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 march. It is a young black girl who lifts her baby hands up to ...
  • Meredith
    Mar 21, 2019
    Took me a while to realize it is the same character throughout. Really liked the idea, but it was the afterword that made me make the connection to the rally cry. Powerful and joyous. ...
  • Kazia
    Jan 30, 2019
    This book. THIS BOOK! What a gorgeous story. ...
  • Juliana Lee
    Feb 25, 2019
    The phrase 'hands up' has been turned around to show the positive things children raise their hands for... to be picked up, to be called on by their teacher, to reach a high shelf, etc. In the end the children are teens/adults and they are raising their hands in demonstration. They mar...
  • Brindi Michele
    Feb 27, 2019
    I really liked this one until I got to the sign illustrations....from my experience (and I'm the ex-wife of a deputy), the "black lives matter" movement is not a peaceful one. Therefore, as much as I'd love to do a yoga program with this book, or to share it during a story time, I'm go...
  • Kate
    Feb 04, 2019
    A vibrant and colorfully illustrated, joyful and affirming book of a girl's life that demonstrates her intelligence (hands up in class), athleticism (hands up on the bball court and at the ballet barre), and community membership (hands up to help clean, to worship, to stand for herself...
  • Matt Craft
    Feb 07, 2019
    The characters are black, and the book adds poignancy by reclaiming ?Hands Up? for common, happy moments at a time when those two words have become charged with difficult connotations. That re-appropriation is subtle enough, though, that the book can be enjoyed even without the sub...
  • Cheryl Gladfelter
    Jan 29, 2019
    Shows all the ways a young black girl raises her hands during her life--getting dressed, ballet class, basketball, and protests are some examples. A beautifully illustrated book. ...
  • KC
    Mar 08, 2019
    Simple text, bold illustrations, big message ...
  • Andrew
    Sep 15, 2018
    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! Audien...
  • Aliza Werner
    Feb 02, 2019
    Connotations of the phrase ?hands up? range from joy and celebration to fear and anger. I loved how the phrase showed how to uplift, especially celebrating a young Black girl. Don?t miss the end note by the author. ...
  • Piper Hale
    Jan 22, 2019
    This beautifully illustrated children's book celebrates the joy and exuberance of the main character's (Viv's) daily life. The story provides an uplifting take on the phrase, "hands up," and offers a reclamation of those words. The illustration style is colorful and jubilant, and the m...
  • Carmen
    Jan 26, 2019
    So this book shows a little black girl growing up in America. It has her raising her hands up for various things in her life. Greeting the sun, playing peek-a-boo, getting dressed, stretching to reach something on a shelf, using the sink, holding her hair back, swinging on her mom and ...
  • Lindsay Leslie
    Jan 29, 2019
    This book is a celebration! HANDS UP! for all the good things, for reaching new heights, for trying but needing help, for protest, for sustenance, for love and respect. And don't miss the author's note at the end. Read it and then reread it. ...
  • Emily
    Feb 05, 2019
    As the author wrote in her author's note: For many people, the phrase "hands up" brings forward difficult emotions like anger, sadness, frustration, and fear. With this story, I wanted to emphasize the ways I've experienced that phrase as part of my everyday life [...] I want the world...
  • Esther Glenn
    Feb 03, 2019
    I love the celebration of lifting up your arms and hands in joy! I could hear a couple of beloved gospel tunes as I finished reading. This book is definitely one I'd like to own for my own personal library. So today at Read Aloud with my students, I decided to read "Hands Up." This ...