Hands & Hearts by Donna Jo Napoli

In this delightful children’s picture book, a young girl and her mother share a summer day at the beach, communicating through sign language. Running, dancing, and rolling in the sand, they share their thoughts and love through their facial expressions and with their hands. Splashing in the waves, swimming, digging a tunnel and a moat, building a sand tower, and watching the sunset, they enjoy nature and each other’s company.

Both a charming story and a teaching tool, Hands & Hearts combines Amy Bates’s warm illustrations and engaging text with clearly illustrated sidebars on each page teaching young readers 15 words in American Sign Language. (Abrams Books for Young Readers)

About the Author

Sonya VanderVeen Feddema is a freelance writer and a member of Covenant CRC in St. Catharines, Ontario.