Hands Up

 
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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 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.--from the publisher

32 pages 978-0525552314 Ages 4-8

Keywords: diversity, diverse books, African American, African American author, empowerment, encouragement, pride, believing in yourself, being yourself, identity, social activist, social issues, community, family, standing up for yourself, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, hands, high five, protest, resistance

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