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Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
Contributor(s): Fox, Mem (Author), Oxenbury, Helen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 015206057X     ISBN-13: 9780152060572
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
    OUR PRICE: $17.85  
Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: October 2008
Annotation: A modern nursery rhyme about the things babies everywhere have in common
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts - Body
- Juvenile Fiction | Family - New Baby
- Juvenile Fiction | Stories In Verse (see Also Poetry)
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2007010692
Lexile Measure: 550
Physical Information: 0.39" H x 11.04" W x 9.48" (0.98 lbs) 40 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
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.

Contributor Bio(s): Fox, Mem: - 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.Oxenbury, Helen: - 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.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring)
With each repetition of the text's refrain, two babies join a multiethnic playgroup, reinforcing their commonalities: "And both of these babies, / as everyone knows, / had ten little fingers / and ten little toes." Fox's lilting verse just has to be read aloud, and Oxenbury's spacious illustrations, featuring her irresistible round-headed tots, will engage even the youngest listeners. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2009 #1)
This love song to one very special baby begins with a happy gathering of eight little ones. With each repetition of the refrain, a cheerful baby pair joins a growing multiethnic playgroup, reinforcing what they all have in common: "And both of these babies, / as everyone knows, / had ten little fingers / and ten little toes." 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. That action slows down when the last baby is introduced: "...the next baby born was truly divine, / a sweet little child who was mine, all mine." As the other babies stop to admire this newest addition, the text and art focus on one mother and her baby, who, as we all know by now, has ten cute fingers and toes. But to everyone's delight, this baby gets a little something extra from Mommy "on the tip of its nose." Snuggle up with your favorite baby and kiss those fingers and toes to both your hearts' content. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2008 September #3)

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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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2008 December)

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

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