Discover the beauty of Handimals: hands modeled and painted into animals paired with facts and photos of the corresponding animals in nature.
With a gift for fine art and a lifelong love of nature, Guido paints magnificent animal subjects on an unconventional canvas—human hands. This awe–inspiring collection showcases sixteen creatures ranging from polar bears to alpacas to Komodo dragons and provides factual information about the various species.
Silvia Lopez brings her sharp eye to these important animals with insightful facts to raise awareness and appreciation for Earth’s precious wildlife. A perfect choice for artists and environmentalists of all ages.
Christy Ottaviano Books
About the Author
Silvia Lopez holds both a BA in English and a Specialist degree in Educational Technology, as well as a Masters in Library Science. She served for four years on the Sunshine State Young Readers Award selection committee. Silvia is a National Board Certified teacher and has been a children’s librarian in Miami-Dade County Public Schools for over two decades. Handimals marks her picture book debut.
Guido Daniele is an internationally acclaimed artist who pioneered a body painting technique, which he calls Handimals or Manimali in his native Italian. Daniele is also an environmentalist and the recipient of Animal Planet’s Hero of the Year Award. Guido lives and works in Italy.
"This informational picture book uses Daniele’s Manimali, or Handimals in English, to highlight 16 threatened and endangered animal species around the world. A concluding roundup offers even more facts about each animal, particularly why humans have caused it to become vulnerable and endangered. Plenty of animal titles abound, but few are as quirky and enthralling as this picture book. —Booklist, starred review
"Daniele crafts animal heads of startling realism. A worthy successor to Mario Mariotti and Roberto Marchriori's Hanimals, with a low-key message about the importance of animal conservation carried in a handful of nature notes."—Kirkus