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In Your Hands



by
Carole Boston Weatherford
illustrated by
Brian Pinkney

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Imprint
Atheneum
ISBN
9781481462938

Awards and Honors
Booklist Top 10 Diverse Picture Books: 2018
CCBC Choices 2018 Choice: Understanding Oneself and Others
School Library Journal’s Best Books of 2017, Picture Books
Booklist 2017 Top 10 Books for Youth, Religion & Spirituality
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Picture Books
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A black mother expresses the many hopes and dreams she has for her child in this powerful picture book that's perfect for gift-giving. Full-color illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

10" x 10"

Dewey

E

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

AD600L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Nov 2017

Book Genres


Topics

Mothers and sons. Prayer. African Americans.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, Publishers Weekly*

Horn Book

It looks like a baby-shower book, and it is a baby-shower book—but with a difference. On pastel backgrounds amidst the soft, swirling swoops of Pinkney’s gentle lines and colors, Weatherford shares a mother’s thoughts for a new baby boy: “I cradle you as you drift to sleep. While napping, you crack a smile. I have big, bright dreams for you.” The book continues in a familiar pattern as the narrator sees the little boy, Omari, through first steps and first day of kindergarten, “scrapes and scratches,” and bedtime stories. Pinkney maintains a pastoral mood even as the mother realizes that her growing son will eventually outgrow her protection, and she asks God to be where she cannot: “I will pray that you are safe in neighborhoods beyond our own and that you feel confident when you face new challenges.” At this point, the book becomes an explicit call for the protection and recognition of the worth of African American boys: “Black lives matter. Your life matters.” The didacticism is inherent to the form and theme of the text; the interplay between the commercial design of the book and its political point is intriguingly subversive. While the book does not speak as much to young children as it does to their caregivers, the pictures of a young black boy growing to adolescence and adulthood and the power of the mother’s prayer (“I will pray that you can always hold your head up, and that you grow old and raise sons and grandsons who will be exalted for the suns that they are”) make it one that may well transcend early readings to become a book to return to as a child becomes a man. roger sutton

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

It looks like a baby-shower book, and it is a baby-shower book—but with a difference. On pastel backgrounds amidst the soft, swirling swoops of Pinkney’s gentle lines and colors, Weatherford shares a mother’s thoughts for a new baby boy: “I cradle you as you drift to sleep. While napping, you crack a smile. I have big, bright dreams for you.” The book continues in a familiar pattern as the narrator sees the little boy, Omari, through first steps and first day of kindergarten, “scrapes and scratches,” and bedtime stories. Pinkney maintains a pastoral mood even as the mother realizes that her growing son will eventually outgrow her protection, and she asks God to be where she cannot: “I will pray that you are safe in neighborhoods beyond our own and that you feel confident when you face new challenges.” At this point, the book becomes an explicit call for the protection and recognition of the worth of African American boys: “Black lives matter. Your life matters.” The didacticism is inherent to the form and theme of the text; the interplay between the commercial design of the book and its political point is intriguingly subversive. While the book does not speak as much to young children as it does to their caregivers, the pictures of a young black boy growing to adolescence and adulthood and the power of the mother’s prayer (“I will pray that you can always hold your head up, and that you grow old and raise sons and grandsons who will be exalted for the suns that they are”) make it one that may well transcend early readings to become a book to return to as a child becomes a man. roger sutton

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