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Children's Fiction Imagination & Play

Moví la mano / I Moved My Hand

by (author) Jorge Luján

illustrated by Mandana Sadat

translated by Elisa Amado

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2014
Imagination & Play, Fantasy & Magic, Mythical
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2014
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2014
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 2 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12


A simple but empowering poem about creating a world, told from a young child's perspective.

When a little girl moves her hand, she changes the world as she discovers it. As she moves her known world she discovers her own power and creates everything anew.

The poem, written by Argentine poet Jorge Luján, comes from a culture saturated with magic in which even the very young can make the world by reaching out and moving it. Mandana Sadat’s imaginative illustrations deepen and enrich the text. Movi la mano / I Moved My Hand is a special contribution to the world of children’s books for the very young (and the not so young).

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

About the authors

Jorge Luján is an author, poet and musician who has published forty-four books and recorded eight CDs. With many of the world’s greatest illustrators, he has created an outstanding body of work — translated into 15 languages — including Stephen and the Beetle, illustrated by Chiara Carrer; Doggy Slippers and Numeralia, illustrated by Isol; Colors! ¡Colores!, illustrated by Piet Grobler; Moví la mano / I Moved My Hand, illustrated by Mandana Sadat; and Brunhilda and the Ring, illustrated by Linda Wolfsgruber. Jorge has just published his first novel, Salando el río con una cucharita (Salting the River with a Teaspoon). Among other distinctions, he has won the Premio de Poesía para Niños de ALIJA (IBBY Argentina) and has been nominated four times for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. See more of his work on Facebook (Jorge Luján. Poesía y Música), on the Jorge Luján YouTube channel, on his Bandcamp page, Soundcloud and

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Mandana Sadat is an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books who lives near Paris. She has a diploma in illustration from Les arts décoratifs de Strasbourg and has published many books in Europe, Asia, North America and South America, including Mon lion (Prix France Télévisions) and Tarde de invierno (Premio CANIEM). She has exhibited her art in Portugal and Italy, including three times at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Visit

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Editorial Reviews

A tutu-clad child encounters existentialism through movement in this poem by award-winning Argentine poet Lujan.

Kirkus Reviews

The girl's creativity and imagination aren’t merely flights of fancy, but forces with legitimate power.

Publishers Weekly

A dreamy paean to creative expression.


The girl’s giddy logic rings true; the marvelous use of color and expert pacing propel the dance. Sure to inspire fresh flights of fancy!

School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

A simple but profound picture book about the power a child has to create her own special world through movement, imagination, and magic.

CM Magazine

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