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Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury


Overview - As everyone knows, nothing is sweeter than tiny baby fingers and chubby baby toes. . . . And here, from two of the most gifted picture-book creators of our time, is a celebration of baby fingers, baby toes, and the joy they and the babies they belong to bring to everyone, everywhere, all over the world

This is agorgeously simple picture book for very young children, and once you finish the rhythmic, rhyming text, all you ll want to do is go back to the beginning .
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Overview
As everyone knows, nothing is sweeter than tiny baby fingers and chubby baby toes. . . . And here, from two of the most gifted picture-book creators of our time, is a celebration of baby fingers, baby toes, and the joy they and the babies they belong to bring to everyone, everywhere, all over the world

This is agorgeously simple picture book for very young children, and once you finish the rhythmic, rhyming text, all you ll want to do is go back to the beginning . . . and read it again Theluminous watercolor illustrations of these roly-poly little ones from a variety of backgrounds are adorable, quirky, and trueto life, right down to the wrinkles, dimples, and pudges in their completely squishable arms, legs, and tummies. "

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780152060572
  • ISBN-10: 015206057X
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
  • Publish Date: October 2008
  • Page Count: 40


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Concepts - Body
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 66.
  • Review Date: 2008-09-15
  • Reviewer: Staff

Put two titans of kids' books together for the first time, and what do you get (besides the urge to shout, “What took you so long?”)? The answer: an instant classic. Fox's (Time for Bed) text works off the simplest premise: babies around the world, even those who seem like polar opposites, have the same 20 digits in common. But there's real magic at work here. Given their perfect cadences, the rhymes feel as if they always existed in our collective consciousness and were simply waiting to be written down: “There was one little baby who was born far away./ And another who was born on the very next day./ And both of these babies, as everyone knows/ had ten little fingers and ten little toes.” Oxenbury (We're Going on a Bear Hunt) once again makes multiculturalism feel utterly natural and chummy. As her global brood of toddlers grows—she introduces two cast members with every new stanza—readers can savor each addition both as beguiling individualist and giggly, bouncy co-conspirator. Ages 3–5. (Oct.)

 
BookPage Reviews

From far and near, babies all the same

Everyone wants to "Teach your children well," as the classic song suggests. If you know a new baby or have a favorite toddler, by all means introduce them to Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, a jewel of a picture book by Australian author Mem Fox. With minimal text, and sweet illustrations by beloved British artist Helen Oxenbury, it's truly an international treat.

The cast features eight beautiful babies from around the world who laugh and frolic with each other on every page. The book's message of acceptance is summed up on the first few pages:

There was one little baby who was born far away.

And another who was born on the very next day.

And both of these babies, as everyone knows,

had ten little fingers and ten little toes.

Fox's rhyming prose makes the perfect bedtime read-aloud, with its soothing yet profound words. Oxenbury's roly-poly children—part baby and part toddler—convey wonderful expressions, ranging from inquisitiveness and watchfulness, to welcome and glee. While hailing from places near and far, they immediately learn to play together. Readers see a child "born on the ice" stand beside a penguin, and on the next page, readers meet a child born in a tent. Soon the two are fast friends, playing a joyful tug-of-war with one boy's scarf.

Oxenbury is a master at drawing appealing round-faced children, and the muted colors she uses reinforces the soft, soothing message of Mem Fox's words. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes gently presents—but never preaches—a satisfying lesson about humanity and international harmony.

Alice Cary counts fingers and toes at her home in Groton, Massachusetts.

 
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