Ten Tiny Toes

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Into the world came ten tiny toes,
a hundred times sweeter than one could suppose....

There's nothing sweeter in the world than a baby's ten tiny toes. From tiny feet nuzzled and tickled in the crib to bath time, playtime, and those very first big steps, here is a wonderful way to commemorate the unforgettable moments in a young child's life.

Marc Brown's adorable collage illustrations bring Todd Tarpley's ...

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Into the world came ten tiny toes,
a hundred times sweeter than one could suppose....

There's nothing sweeter in the world than a baby's ten tiny toes. From tiny feet nuzzled and tickled in the crib to bath time, playtime, and those very first big steps, here is a wonderful way to commemorate the unforgettable moments in a young child's life.

Marc Brown's adorable collage illustrations bring Todd Tarpley's rhythmic text to life in this tender read-aloud. It is a joyous celebration of the unbreakable bond of love that guides a child through each exciting milestone and beyond.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
It is a truth universally acknowledged that babies have irresistible toes—“a hundred times sweeter/ than one could suppose,” as Tarpley (How About a Kiss for Me?) writes. And according to Brown’s terrific cut-paper, gouache, and colored pencil illustrations, it’s a sentiment that even the family dog can embrace. But toes are more than delicious and cute—they’re an essential player in ensuring that babies literally get a toehold in the world (“They tricked and they treated,/ those tiny toes did./ They pushed and they pedaled,/ they skated, they slid”). As Tarpley’s simple, bright rhymes gently accelerate in momentum along with the progress of their subject matter (“And one day those ten/ tiny toes tried a test./ Five toes took a step/ out ahead of the rest”), Brown (Dancing Feet!) shows babies of every background moving from adorable, giggly reactiveness to calm, clear-eyed independence. The veteran illustrator’s masterful juggling of color and patterning—which could have turned to visual mushiness in less experienced hands—brings a fresh warmth and celebratory energy to even the most familiar childhood scenes. Up to age 3. Agent: Rachel Orr, Prospect Agency. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
Tarpley pays homage to babies and the miraculous ways in which they inspire love. When they first enter the world, their toes are wriggly and nibbly and kissable. They begin to crawl and take those first steps of exploration. Now they learn to be masters of their world as those toes take them running, hopping, skipping and jumping, not to mention skating and pedaling into all the experiences of a happy childhood. The verses move as quickly as the babies, bouncing along in quatrains in ABCB rhyme, in a somewhat singsong meter that is pleasing to young ears. Brown's tender illustrations, rendered in cut paper, gouache and colored paper, are textured and colorful. They call forth love and joy in their expressive depiction of babies and young children in all their glory and in all manner of action, instantly recognizable and universal. This is a work obviously designed to be read aloud to the littlest of listeners. The final verses are also a call to grown-ups to remember and pass along the kisses and for all children to have a loving and carefree childhood. It's a worthy and noble idea, but tiny listeners may not be able to make that leap of understanding. Nevertheless, a cozy, sweet cuddle that is just right for bedtime. (Picture book. 1-4)
School Library Journal
PreS—Baby toes are irresistible, and Tarpley and Brown honor them with finesse. Cut-paper and gouache collages chronicle the tootsies from diaper days and first steps to skipping and jumping. Creative vignettes, like adult fingers creating a heart shape that nestles baby's toes in the middle, showcase Brown's never-ending talent. His pigtailed baby in sunglasses, another feeding peas to the dog, even the belly button self-examiner keep the art playful. Tarpley's rhymes add to the bliss with yummy lines like, "Toes that were little/and tender and tasty,/toes more delicious than cinnamon pastry." The book ends in the future, when the baby has a child, shifting its audience but remaining sweet. "…nothing on earth/you could ever suppose/can ever be loved/quite like ten tiny toes."—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316129213
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 200,222
  • Age range: 1 - 3 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Brown is the creator of the bestselling Arthur Adventure book series and creative producer of the number-one children's PBS television series, Arthur. He has also illustrated many other books for children, including If All the Animals Came Inside, Wild About Books and Dancing Feet!. Marc lives with his family in Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard.

Todd Tarpley is the author of the picture book How About a Kiss for Me? He lives in a magical kingdom called New York City, inside a teeny-tiny castle, with a beautiful princess, two ninja sons, and a menagerie of barnyard animals. You can visit him at toddtarpley.com.

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  • Posted January 31, 2013

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    Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite ¿Into the world

    Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite

    “Into the world came ten tiny toes,
    a hundred times sweeter than one could suppose ...”

    Don’t you just love the feet of babies? And especially their toes?

    "And as they got older their confidence grew.
    They learned to do things that small toes couldn't do."

    But those toes do not stay small, just as the baby grows, so does the feet and the toes, just as author Todd Tarpley writes in his precious little book, “Ten Tiny Toes.”

    This is the cutest book! I really like that Mr. Tarpley starts when the child is a baby and continues the journey through adulthood. And we see that at each stage, those feet and toes have a different purpose, and each stage is special and important. I really like this precious story, and I enjoyed the illustrations by Marc Brown as well. The pictures are so child-like, capturing the attention of your children. And I have a little reviewer who tells it better than me. My four year-old niece loves “Ten Tiny Toes” and I have read it to her many times. She also loves to ‘read’ the book herself, by looking at the pictures, remembering what she can of the story, and making up the rest. It is precious to witness it! I highly recommend this adorable little book for anyone who has small children. And if you are looking for a gift that keeps on giving, then this is a wonderful choice because it can be read over and over for many years!

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