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Moví la mano / I Moved My Hand

by Jorge Luján
illustrated by Mandana Sadat
translated by Elisa Amado

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imagination & play, mythical, fantasy & magic
list price: $18.95
also available: eBook
published: 2014
  • Commended, Tejas Star Reading List
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A simple but empowering poem about creating a world, told from a young child's perspective.

When a little girl moves her hand, she changes the world as she discovers it. As she moves her known world she discovers her own power and creates everything anew.

The poem, written by Argentine poet Jorge Luján, comes from a culture saturated with magic in which even the very young can make the world by reaching out and moving it. Mandana Sadat’s imaginative illustrations deepen and enrich the text. Movi la mano / I Moved My Hand is a special contribution to the world of children’s books for the very young (and the not so young).

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.


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Editorial Reviews

A tutu-clad child encounters existentialism through movement in this poem by award-winning Argentine poet Lujan.

— Kirkus Reviews

A simple but profound picture book about the power a child has to create her own special world through movement, imagination, and magic.

— CM Magazine

The girl’s giddy logic rings true; the marvelous use of color and expert pacing propel the dance. Sure to inspire fresh flights of fancy!

— School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

A dreamy paean to creative expression.

— Booklist

The girl's creativity and imagination aren’t merely flights of fancy, but forces with legitimate power.

— Publishers Weekly
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About the Authors

Jorge Luján

Jorge Luján is a prolific and highly respected author and poet. He has worked with many of the world’s greatest illustrators to create an outstanding body of work. Jorge lives in Mexico City. Visit Jorge Luján's website: http://jorgelujan.com/home.htm
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Mandana Sadat

Mandana Sadat is an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books who lives near Paris. Her books have been published in many countries in Europe, Asia, North America and South America. Visit www.mandana.fr. Visit Mandana Sadat's website: http://mandana.microburo.com/
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Elisa Amado

Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. She has written My Friend (Mi amiga), illustrated by Alfonso Ruano; Un Barrilete para el Día de los Muertos / Barrilete: A Kite for the Day of the Dead; Cousins (Primas), illustrated by Luis Garay; Tricycle (El triciclo), illustrated by Alfonso Ruano, which is on the Américas Award Commended List and is a USBBY Outstanding International Book; and What Are You Doing? and Why Are You Doing That?, both illustrated by Manuel Monroy. She lives in Toronto.

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