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Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb (Bright and Early Books) Paperback – June 30, 1983


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Product Details

  • Series: Bright and Early Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books (June 30, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0001712705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0001712706
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,609,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Illus. in full color. A madcap band of dancing, prancing monkeys explain hands, fingers, and thumbs to beginning readers.   --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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By Al Perkins, Illustrated by Eric Gurney

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I loved reading this book to my children.
Renee Frank
The words in this book have a great rhythm and the pictures are cute.
Love to read
I love this book & so does my 15 month old son!
AJDunn

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By J.A. on August 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In case anyone is interested, here is the text that's missing from the six pages that were cut from the Bright & Early Board Book version:

Monkeys come
And monkeys go.

Hands with handkerchiefs.
Blow! Blow! Blow!

"Hello Jack."
"Hello Jake."

Shake hands
Shake hands
Shake! Shake! Shake!

"Bye-bye Jake."
"Bye-bye Jack"

Dum ditty
Dum ditty
Whack! Whack! Whack!
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Researchers constantly find that reading to children is valuable in a variety of ways, not least of which are instilling a love of reading and improved reading skills. With better parent-child bonding from reading, your child will also be more emotionally secure and able to relate better to others. Intellectual performance will expand as well. Spending time together watching television fails as a substitute.
To help other parents apply this advice, as a parent of four I consulted an expert, our youngest child, and asked her to share with me her favorite books that were read to her as a young child. Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb was one of her picks.
What is most unusual about this early reader is that it adds a beat to make the material more memorable and fun. The story has monkeys using their hands to beat on various drums. All children will find themselves pounding on something to match the rhythm of the rhyme. "Rings on fingers. Rings on thumb. Drum drum, Drum drum, Drum drum drum." (By the way, for parents old enough to remember Ringo Starr, this does seem to be a satire on Ringo here.) That use of drumming adds a useful kinesthetic clue that will ingrain the material faster. Children start to learn to read by memorizing, and this book is unusually well designed to assist in that process.
But the main thing is that it is fun to read this book. You would have a smile on you face if you read it alone. The smile will broaden when you read with your child, in response to her or his pleasure in the book. That's a great gift for you, as well!
There are lots of jokes about musicians in here that you should enjoy. One of the beats is a play on the word "ditty" for a song. "Dum ditty, Dum ditty, Dum dum dum.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By P. Bonoff on April 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is still our family's favorite book, after some 30 years. We had to search for it when grandson was born in 1999. Amazon's search under "monkey" actually turned it up, so we immediately sent it down to him in New Orleans. He prefers eating the book right now, but he's got the rhythm and loves the pictures. Every child would love this book. It grows on you, and excites your memory of reading. I recommend memorizing it (easy) and chanting it in the car, on a stroll, or on the pot. It's interactive in the best ways.
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44 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany Holley on September 14, 2005
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
This is a nice enough board book, but be advised that it is NOT the full version of Dr. Seuss' book! They've left out several (charming!) pages of text and illustrations for the Board Book... What a disappointment to loyal fans, and how unfair to the newest generation of fans-to-be.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rosanna Landis Weaver on January 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
You know how some children's books you've read so many times that you just cringe when your toddler picks them out? This one I still like to read. It was a favorite of my daughter's at 8 months and is still a favorite at 20 months.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alanna Christine Del Bosque on February 6, 2011
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
My son absolutely LOVES Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb. It was a book that my mom and I adored as children as well. I wanted to buy it for him and saw that this item was priced pretty low. However, it is an abridged version and my son was rather irritated the first time that I read it to him. He thought that I was "skipping pages" since he practically has this book memorized. I would have given this book five stars if it was the full version. It should be listed somewhere in the description that the bright and early books are not the full versions...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 2001
Format: Board book
My son would NOT sit through a book at 15 mos. old. I decided to bring out my childhood favorite. It's new name is the "Monkey Book" and it is read several times a day, every day. He's 18 mos. old now and has it memorized. The book doesn't even have to be open and he knows the next line. He loves this book so much, that sometimes he just gives the monkeys kisses as he looks at the pictures, narrating when he feels compelled. Highly recommend this book to anyone having trouble getting their young ones to appreciate reading. My son now has a love of reading that I thought would never blossom 3 months ago.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By NYC Mommy on February 17, 2010
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
I ordered several of these board books thinking I was getting a great deal. SO disappointed when they came as TINY, ABRIDGED versions of the real stories. These should be labeled better! I shouldn't have to sort through 100 reviews to realized they're not what they appear to be. We bought 4, paying almost $20 plus shipping, but only got $9 back after paying return shipping costs. Biggest rip-off ever! If I had wanted books to put in my diaper bag- these would have been great. But as it is, I just feel swindled. Amazon- PLEASE clearly indicate that these are not the original Dr. Seuss books!
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