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Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

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by Mem Fox, Helen Oxenbury
     
 

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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 a gorgeously simple picture

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 a gorgeously 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! The luminous watercolor illustrations of these roly-poly little ones from a variety of backgrounds are adorable, quirky, and true to life, right down to the wrinkles, dimples, and pudges in their completely squishable arms, legs, and tummies.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This gently lilting read-aloud is just right for bedtime, or anytime your child could use a little extra comfort. You’ll go ga-ga yourself over the adorable watercolors of babies around the world." --Parenting , September 2008

"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 . . . there's real magic at work here."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes gently presents--but never preaches--a satisfying lesson about humanity and international harmony."--BookPage

"A standout for its beautiful simplicity, this picture-book collaboration between Fox and Oxenbury aims a message of diversity and tolerance at very young children. . . . Clusters of adorable mulitcultural babies from around the world toddle across the pages until just one child receives three kisses on the nose from her loving mom, a sweet gesture that parents will want to act out with their own children. A gentle, joyous offering."--Booklist, starred review

"Fox's lilting verse just has to be read aloud, and preschoolers will quickly pick up on and join in on the anticipated refrain. Oxenbury's spacious illustrations, featuring her irresistible round-headed tots (and, of course, plenty of chubby baby digits), emphasize the babies' differences and will engage even the youngest listeners in the on-page action."--The Horn Book Magazine, starred review

"In 'Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes,' two beloved picture-book creators — the storyteller Mem Fox and the artist Helen Oxenbury — merge their talents in a winsome look at babies around the world."—The New York Times Book Review

"A witty and winsome look at babies around the world that has a toe-tapping refrain: the words sound easy and familiar, as though they have been handed down to children forever. And the story ends with a pitch-perfect moment: one little baby who is 'mine, all mine.' "--The New York Times Book Review, Notable Children's Books of 2008

"'Light as air and sweet as honey' might be a way to describe this delectable confection about babies, here, there and everywhere."--The Globe and Mail

Wichita Eagle, Great Gift Recommendations 2008

Washington Post Book World

“Blonde top-knots, springy black curls, haystack red straw and sleek black hair surround smiling, frowning, sneezing or contemplative baby faces. Anyone who has ever tweaked a little piggy will quickly start chanting the infectious refrain from this 'digital' romp.” --Washington Post Book World, September 7, 2008

Kristi Jemtegaard
English author/illustrator Helen Oxenbury, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, teamed up with celebrated Australian illustrator/author Mem Fox for this around-the-world look at babyhood, to be published next month. The happy result is a jig-along rhyme sure to delight parents and tots alike.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly

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.)

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Children's Literature - Jennie DeGenaro
This darling picture book is sure to be a winner. The rhyming words and outstanding illustrations will please young children and adults reading the story. The illustrations on the front and back cover are also the same on the binding, front and back. The repetitive phrase "ten little fingers and ten little toes" will appeal to the child. Parents will appreciate the fact that the baby pictures show that children are from all regions of the world and each has ten little fingers and ten little toes. There are 34 pages in this large (nine and a half by eleven inch) unpaged picture book. The large illustrations are life-like and will amuse toddlers and adults. Each page has only a few, well-chosen words that rhyme. No word is unnecessary, and the text fits perfectly with the baby pictures. They appear healthy, happy and lovable. No one will be able to resist this book about all babies having "ten little fingers and ten little toes." It makes a great gift for a young child. The binding is sturdy and can be wiped off with a damp cloth, and the pages are sturdy enough for many readings. Mem Fox, the author, wrote three companion books to Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes. Reviewer: Jennie DeGenaro
School Library Journal

PreS

"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." So opens this nearly perfect picture book. Fox's simple text lists a variety of pairs of babies, all with the refrain listing the requisite number of digits, and finally ending with the narrator's baby, who is "truly divine" and has fingers, toes, "and three little kisses/on the tip of its nose." Oxenbury's signature multicultural babies people the pages, gathering together and increasing by twos as each pair is introduced. They are distinctive in dress and personality and appear on primarily white backgrounds. The single misstep appears in the picture of the baby who was "born on the ice." The child, who looks to be from Northern Asia or perhaps an Inuit, stands next to a penguin. However, this minor jarring placement does not detract enough from the otherwise ideal marriage of text and artwork to prevent the book from being a first purchase. Whether shared one-on-one or in storytimes, where the large trim size and big, clear images will carry perfectly, this selection is sure to be a hit.-Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

Kirkus Reviews

A pleasing poem that celebrates babies around the world. Whether from a remote village or an urban dwelling, a tent or the snow, Fox notes that each "of these babies, / as everyone knows, / had ten little fingers / and ten little toes." Repeated in each stanza, the verse establishes an easy rhythm. Oxenbury's charming illustrations depict infants from a variety of ethnicities wearing clothing that invokes a sense of place. Her pencil drawings, with clean watercolor washes laid in, are sweetly similar to those in her early board books (Clap Hands, 1987, etc.). Each stanza introduces a new pair of babies, and the illustrations cleverly incorporate the children from the previous stanzas onto one page, allowing readers to count not only fingers and toes but also babies. The last stanza switches its focus from two children to one "sweet little child," and reveals the narrator as that baby's mother. Little readers will take to the repetition and counting, while parents will be moved by the last spread: a sweet depiction of mother and baby. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152060572
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
146,687
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
2 - 3 Years

Meet the Author


MEM FOX is the author of many acclaimed books, including Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Possum Magic, Koala Lou, Time for Bed, and, for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia.

HELEN OXENBURY is the world-class illustrator of dozens of beloved picture books, including Michael Rosen's We're Going on a Bear Hunt, Phyllis Root's Big Momma Makes the World, which won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Award,and her own Tom and Pippo series. She lives in London, England.

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Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
busterMB More than 1 year ago
This story shows children from many different cultures -each one as delightful as can be. The repetitious "ten little fingers and ten little toes" invites your toddler to join in the reading of the story. My two year old grand-daughter loves this story. I've bought two more to give as gifts to expectant parents.
katknit More than 1 year ago
Beautifully illustrated, this little rhyming book is a charming way to introduce the concept of counting to toddlers. Most two year olds will understand every word in this vocabulary, and when I read it to my grand daughter last week, her impulse was, of course, to check out her own fingers and toes. A fun bit of word play and learning.
GrandmaLaLa More than 1 year ago
We selected this book as a first Christmas gift for our new niece, who was adopted internationally this year. We appreciate the message of common traits in children from all different places and circumstances. As the educators in our family would say, we are more alike than we are different!

A lovely message with equally lovely illustrations. A treasure to keep and share for years!
EmilyofNewMoon More than 1 year ago
My toddler loves to look at the babies from all over the world and count their little fingers and toes.  This book is adorably illustrated and perfect for reading aloud.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it may show acceptance of many different cultures, but not everyone is born with 10 fingers and 10 toes.  way to discriminate against handicapped children.
tcj62811 More than 1 year ago
My son loves this book. We received it as a gift and he loves pointing out the fingers and toes in the book, and then his. It's great to watch him understand the point of the story even!
moeMH More than 1 year ago
so sweet, so beautiful, and the illustrations are fantastic. my 18 month loves it and is engaged and joyful every night when we read it before bedtime!
AndiMama More than 1 year ago
My 11 month old loves this book for the rhyming and cute pictures. I love this book because of the great message, that we all have more similarities than differences, no matter how we look or where we are born. I also love that my daughter wants me to kiss her nose at the end, just like the mama does to the baby in the book. :-)
moira38 More than 1 year ago
Sweet little book with delightful pictures! Love this one and every young child should have one!! Mem Fox books are the best!!
Julia_Shpak More than 1 year ago
"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." This book is full of great simplicity and easy to remember rhyme that floats easily with repetition. All kinds of babies from different ethnic backgrounds are shown on the pages of this book, but all of this babies have something in common - ten little fingers/and ten little toes! The book sweetly ends with the sketch of narrator's baby who is "truly divine" and has 10 little fingers and ten little toes ... as well as "three little kisses on the tip of its nose". Detailed pencil-and-watercolor pictures offer opportunities to point and count for the little ones, making the reading even more entertaining for the whole family.
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53sunray More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my son and daughter-in-law to read to their soon to come baby. It's a great combination of I love you and "this little piggy". The illustrations are cute and colorful and it's a story all ages will enjoy
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Calle More than 1 year ago
It teaches children what we all need to learn. "We are all precious in God's eyes".
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This is one of the few books that both my 16 month old and 3 and 1/2 year old request. It is very relaxing AND the illustrations are beautiful!
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