BILL MARTIN JR (1916-2004) was an elementary-school principal, teacher, writer and poet, with doctorate in early childhood education. In addition to the beloved Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Martin's books include Listen to the Rain and Knots on a Counting Rope.
John Archambault is a poet, journalist, and storyteller who collaborated with Bill Martin Jr. and Ted Rand on several books, including The Ghost-Eye Tree and Here Are My Hands.
Ted Rand (1915-2005) was a prolific artist whose illustrations appeared in magazines, newspapers, and children's books. In addition to his work with Martin and Archambault, Rand illustrated My Buddy and Salty Dog.
A surprising celebration of physiological parts and their uses that includes: ``Here are my hands for catching and throwing. Here are my feet for stopping and going. . . . Here is my elbow, my arm, and my chin. And here is my skin that bundles me in.'' Rand's pictures spill off the page as different children enact the very funny, very pure chant. It's repeatable, rereadable and particularly adept at showing some of the various activities associated with the assorted limbs. Simply told, these short phrases say more with less. From the collaborators on many other books, including last season's Barn Dance. Ages 47. (April)
PreS A delightfully simple book of rhymes about parts of the body: ``Here is my head /for thinking and knowing. /Here is my nose /for smelling and blowing.'' The book includes hands, feet, head, nose, eyes, ears, knees, neck, cheeks, teeth, arm, and finally the ``skin /that bundles me in.'' A colorful double-page picture of a child showing the part of the body featured accompanies each rhyme. These are expressive and simple, and include children of various races and both sexes. Even though the featured part is sometimes lost in the gutter of the book, this is an enjoyable offering that should find its way into toddler story hours, nursery schools, and many children's hands. Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Lib . , N.Y.
"[With] bright colors, simple but evocative illustrations and a clear succinct text, this is just right for the youngest when they are learning to describe themselves." --Kirkus Reviews