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Moví la mano / I Moved My Hand

Written by Jorge Luján

Illustrated by Mandana Sadat

Translated by Elisa Amado

  • 32 Pages
  • 9781554987405
  • 9.5" x 9.5"
  • from grade Pre K
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic



Publication Date September 24, 2014

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).

Selected for the Tejas Star Reading List 2015


Jorge Luján

Jorge Luján is an author, poet and musician who has published 42 books and 7 CDs. With many of the world’s greatest illustrators he has created an outstanding body of work, which includes Stephen and the Beetle, illustrated by Chiara Carrer, Doggy Slippers and Numeralia, illustrated by Isol, Colors! ¡Colores!, illustrated by Piet Grobler and Moví la mano / I Moved My Hand, illustrated by Mandana Sadat. Jorge has twice won the Premio de Poesía para Niños de ALIJA (IBBY Argentina) and has been nominated three times for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

Mandana Sadat
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

Elisa Amado

Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. She has written Barrilete: A Kite for the Day of the Dead / Un barrilete para el Día de los muertos, Cousins (Primas) and Tricycle (El triciclo), which is on the Américas Award Commended List and is a USBBY Outstanding International Book. She is also the author of Why Are You Doing That?. She lives in Toronto.


Star Review

"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

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

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

"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

"A dreamy paean to creative expression." Booklist