Book Review - 26 Big Things Small Hands Do (Coleen Paratore)

~ Posted on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 10:29 AM ~

I have the privilege of reviewing my 1st book under Free Spirit Publishing, a children's alphabet book by Coleen Paratore (illustrated by Mike Reed) called "26 Big Things Small Hands Do".

Seriously, I have a thing with alphabets stuff. Books, posters, flash cards... and I'm not very keen on the common A for Apple, B for Book, C for Cat type of stuff. So, whenever I get the chance to review the out of ordinary alphabet books, I am superbly excited and this is one of the moments for me to be superbly excited!

Just look at this awesome book!

Look at the girl blowing bubbles with one of them looking like our planet Earth! What a neat idea!

Reminded me so much of a picture of Ben and his bubble thoughts...

Anyway, I'm not a fan of blurry illustrations but this book is OK for me. It is not so blurry that it annoys my eyesight.

The pictures on each page are a delight to see.

And the fact that they come packed with awesome ideas incorporating the 26 alphabets with positive actions which we (and our little ones especially!) can do in our daily lives. I love it!!

On the first night we got the book, Ben was already flipping through the pages, pointing at the things he's familiar with - dogs, birds, guitars and so on. There is a page at the end, where it said "Yy   Small hands... YES! Hurray! High five!" with a picture of several childrens' hands raise up high and Ben followed that after looking at the picture!  Cute!

The next morning, Ben goes through the book again, pointing at guitar, dogs and so on.

Ben pointing at the cute little doggie on the front cover and then staring long at it again on the back cover.

One thing I don't like about this book is the extra side flaps (also known as French flaps) on the front and back covers. Maybe it's meant to be some sort of bookmark for the book but I find it quite annoying as it keeps jutting out and I ended up taping the flaps to the cover. Other than that, nothing much bad or negative I can comment on this awesome book!

Overall, I give this book an 8 out of 10.

This book has a total of 32 pages, all nicely illustrated, has softcover, size: 11¼" x 9¼".

Feel free to view the excerpts or read a note from the author.

Btw, this book also won the following awards:

You can get this book from Free Spirit Publishing, and many more.

I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a copy of the book by Free Spirit Publishing in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

And if you'd like to read my previous book reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My Book Reviews"

Comments (2) -


Those books look great!! I am working with some kinder students at my school that have no knowledge of the alphabet so I will be checking these out for sure!!

I'm a full-time mummy

Hi Jen!
Thanks for your comment. I love this book too! Am so glad I've been given this wonderful opportunity to review the book. Hope you (and of course the kids at the school) have fun with the book! Smile

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