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Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb (Bright & Early Books) Hardcover – September 12, 1969


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 12, 1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394810767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394810768
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,408 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.  

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By Al Perkins, Illustrated by Eric Gurney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

I loved reading this book to my children.
Renee Frank
It's a great way to get children involved in reading and making it fun.
Amy Hammer
The words in this book have a great rhythm and the pictures are cute.
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34 of 34 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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56 of 59 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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48 of 59 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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9 of 9 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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13 of 15 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Henry on March 5, 2000
Format: Board book
Grandma dug out the old dog-eared copy of this book for the 12 month old grandson. Now he is 18 months and we are very relieved to find that it is still in print, because the old one has finally been loved to pieces. The book doesn't look especially unusual, just a bunch of cute monkeys, but the rhythms are fantastic. It doesn't have flaps, or textures, or bright colors, but this was the first book he would really listen to and he still wants it read to him daily. He has many books that he loves to look at, but this is the best one for listening. The old book isn't a board book and we will replace it with the same size book. We are finding that often the board book pictures lose impact because of the reduced size.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Josh on November 14, 2003
Format: Board book
I was raised on this book as a child, and have only the fondest of memories. My book that I had as a child was a first edition hardback that today is quite worn, but still in great use. My 14 month old boy has adopted this book as his favorite as well. Yet, 14 month olds don't fully understand the concept of not ripping pages. So recently I purchased the board book version of Hand Hand Fingers Thumb. I was extremely disapointed that six pages from the original book were omitted! The part omitted is the 'Hello Jack, Hello Jake... and Bye Bye Jake, Bye Bye Jack, and also the Hands with hankerchiefs blow blow blow part. While the book is still a great reading and listening tool, I was very disapointed that this great little board book, that will stand my sons pounding, is abridged.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Lipsitz on April 12, 2006
Format: Board book
This is a fun book to read and watch. The rhythm is easy for adults to say and children to hear. My daughter was hooked after the first read. It is not the original but an abridged version of the Dr. Suess classic. 5 stars if it was in full form.
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