Hands & Hearts by Donna Jo Napoli Book Review

Hands & Hearts: With 15 Words in American Sign Language by Donna Jo Napoli
Illustrations by Amy Bates
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Release Date: May 13, 2014

A mother and daughter spend a sunny day at the beach together where they swim, dance, build sandcastles, and, most importantly, communicate. But their communication is not spoken; rather, it is created by loving hands that use American Sign Language.

Beautiful and simple, Hands & Hearts is a quiet picture book that is interactive in a way that I have not seen before. Sure there are non-fiction titles and a handful of baby signs books, but one that is telling a story through pictures, words, and sign? Well, if they exist, there aren't many. Amy Bates' illustrations are charming as always and lend to the gentle feel of the book. I can see this book having so many uses for so many different groups of people.