Give Me a Hand
by Melissa Stewart
Benchmark Books, 2010
for Grades 3-5
ISBN 978-0-76144-158-8
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The Secrets of Hands, Feet, Arms, and Legs
The lively, conversational tone and blend of photos and cartoon-style art make Give Me Hand: The Secrets of Hands, Feet, Arms, and Legs is a perfect blend of fun facts and serious science learning about grabbing, grasping, and moving from place to place. Here at last—a book that’s irreverent enough to captivate young readers, yet authoritative enough to win the praise of teachers, librarians, and parents.
Honors and Awards
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrator Nonfiction Research Grant
Research Notes

“Of all the books in this series, this one initially made me the most nervous. When I started out, I wasn’t sure there’d be enough fascinating facts to make this book as interesting as the others. Boy, was I wrong. I should know by now that if you do diligent research, you’re almost never let down. The world is a weird and wacky place.

“What did my research uncover? Well, for starters, I learned that in many ancient cultures, body parts were used to measure things. I also discovered that dogs and cats can be either right-handed or left-handed and that a millipede can have up to 400 legs. Just imagine what it would look like doing a jig! See, I told you. Fascinating stuff.”
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