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Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

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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 book for very young children, and once you finish the rhythmic, rhyming text, all you’ll want to do is go back ...

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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 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.

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Editorial Reviews

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
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

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"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)

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
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

The Barnes & Noble Review
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.
Two internationally acclaimed figures -- Australian writer Mem Fox and British illustrator Helen Oxenbury -- have collaborated on a book that is sure to become an instant classic. The topic appears so obvious, one would think that it had been done before many times over -- but no. When reading it aloud again and again, as books for the little ones must be, not only does one not get tired of the words but also finds joy anew. Like a great rock song, the rhymes become embedded in the brain, and one finds oneself reciting them at odd moments -- perhaps standing in a grocery line entertaining a baby strapped to a cart, ?and this little baby as every one knows..." Oxenbury has created a diverse cast of sweet, round-faced, pudgy-limbed toddlers from around the world who populate the oversize white pages as Fox's rhyming words flow effortlessly. A master watercolorist, Oxenbury plays with light and dark, composition and line, down to the finer details of a stickily snotty baby who suffers from ?sneezes and chills? -- and doesn't slight the texture of his velvety soft green blankie. The story could go on forever as we would never run out of babies with fingers and toes, however Fox cleverly finishes with one little baby -- held this time by a doting stand-in for every mother -- who (as everyone knows) has ten little fingers and ten little toes, ?and three little kisses on the end of its nose.? --Lisa Von Drasek
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547366203
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/23/2010
  • Pages: 38
  • Sales rank: 69,471
  • Age range: Up to 2 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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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A Message from the Author

Hi, there! I'm one half of the team (the writer) that created Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes and I want to say a big thank you for loving my new book enough to look me up on the B&N.com website. I love the book too! I'm thrilled that it appeared on the bestseller lists in its very first week of publication and that it's still there as I type this in late October, 2008.

What's the story behind this story? One day in 2005 I found myself in Boston talking to a large group of parents with many differences: some were black, some white, some brown, some well-to-do, some poor, some young, some older. Their children, and in particular their babies, were universally adorable and s the parents bent over the table afterwards as hey were having their books signed, I played with the babies' fingers, marveling at their exquisite tiny-ness. I left Boston late on that snowy Friday afternoon to begin my very long plane journey from Boston to my home in Adelaide, South Australia. In a dreamy state, as I dozed on the plane, I recalled the similarities of the peoples of the world, the tiny fingers of every single child, and once again wished we could focus what we all had in common instead of the differences and hatreds that divide us. The book appeared in my brain before I was even fully awake.

Aside from writing, my other passion is begging parents to read to their children from an early age, for the huge fun of it, let alone for the untold benefits it bestows, both socially and educationally. My careful advice and noisy opinions on this subject can be found between the covers of my book for parents: Reading Magic: How Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever.

Would it be outrageously cheeky of me to suggest that parents begin to read to their babies as early as possible, starting with Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes? The rhythm of the words and the delight of the artwork will, I hope, entrance every little child in the world, as well as bring to their tired parents a certain kind of quiet and loving calm.

Cheers!

Mem Fox

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    it may show acceptance of many different cultures, but not every

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    Engaging Multicultural Story

    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.

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  • Posted June 5, 2009

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    Counting fun

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2009

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    Beautiful message matched by beautiful illustrations

    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!<BR/><BR/>A lovely message with equally lovely illustrations. A treasure to keep and share for years!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    My toddler loves to look at the babies from all over the world a

    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.

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  • Posted August 20, 2012

    My son loves this book. We received it as a gift and he loves po

    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!

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  • Posted October 27, 2011

    love it!!!

    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!

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Excellent story and concept!

    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. :-)

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

    Great book!

    Sweet little book with delightful pictures! Love this one and every young child should have one!! Mem Fox books are the best!!

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  • Posted November 4, 2010

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    entertaining for the whole family!

    "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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  • Posted February 23, 2010

    Baby's first book

    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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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    Lovely Book for the very young

    It teaches children what we all need to learn. "We are all precious in God's eyes".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2009

    Great for all ages!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2009

    childrens books

    children love the illustrations

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2009

    TEN LITTLE FINGERS AND TEN LITTLE TOES

    A CUTE BOOK FOR FIRST TIME MOTHERS, AND LITTLE ONES. THIS BOOK WAS A BIG HIT AT A TEACHERS BABY SHOWER! SUCH CUTE ILLUSTRATIONS.

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  • Posted January 10, 2009

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    Adorable Book

    This book is so precious! A nursery rhyme you can cherish for years to come.

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