Top positive review
Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2019
This is such a beautiful book! Not only does DANCING HANDS introduce a Teresa Carreno, a Venezuelan musician, but it shows an intimate time in Abraham Lincoln’s life when he is grieving the death of his son while trying to abolish slavery. Poet Margarita Engle’s language soars in phrases including:
"hymns that shimmered like hummingbirds,"
"clouds that bucked and kicked across the wild sky like angry mules,"
"and notes that rose, swayed, rippled, and dipped like a bird in a blue sky above a green forest."
The illustrations, painted Rafael López, are the perfect accompaniment for the rich language in this biography. The mixed-media illustrations use color to evoke the beauty of Venezuela, the dark despair of the United States at war, and the joy of music which swirls across the pages. This is a book that will inspire everyone who reads it.