My hands are clean, or are they?

Bah? Mes mains sont propres! (Bilingual English - French picture book for kids) (From the series Little Miss Maria's World

Children - Educational
28 Pages
Reviewed on 08/26/2021
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Author Biography

Brenda Akwar has always enjoyed reading and writing. Until recently, those short stories usually ended up in garbage bins. A fan of going for walks while listening to music, she is always intrigued by human and dog interactions. Children are very expressive and without any filters, so writing stories for them is a lot of fun. She aims to encourage kids and young adults to thrive and be the best version of themselves. It's hard work trying to be someone else. Focus on being the best version of yourself.

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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

In this pandemic era, it’s important to be aware of our immediate environment and to frequently wash our hands well. But, it’s also important to play outside, even if it means getting dirty. Just so long as we wash well before touching our face or eating. It’s amazing and somewhat frightening to realize how many germs we carry and how many we can quickly pick up just by playing outside – even playing in the water! Maria loves to play outside in the mud and in the ponds. She doesn’t understand why her mother insists she washes her hands – and so often. That is until her mother focuses a magnifying glass over Maria’s hands and she sees for herself what germs are covering her hands and potentially threatening her health.

Brenda Akwar’s picture book story, My hands are clean, or are they? Bah? Mes mains sont propres!, is another entertaining book in the Little Miss Maria’s World series. Written in English and French, this is an excellent bilingual resource that not only teaches young readers about an important health issue (washing hands), but it also teaches and improves their reading skills in two languages, English and French. The plot develops with Maria playing outside and getting dirty, then learning about the germs that are now on her hands and why it’s important to wash regularly and well. The language (in both English and French) is simple so young readers can follow along and the colorful illustrations help move the story forward. A great learning tool for health and language skills.

Peter Paul

Although this story is meant for children, it's really important to have this book to help children (and even adults) in this hard time

Black Teacher and Books

This is an excellent book to teach children about the importance of hand washing. Maria thinks because her hands are wet, they are clean. When she looks under a microscope she sees all of the germs. This book is colorful and kid friendly. It is also written in English and French. There are pages at the end of the book for when we should wash our hands and why.