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Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb (Bright & Early Books) Hardcover – September 12, 1969
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Henry Payne is a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist for "The Detroit News. "He has been a runner-up for both the Pulitzer Prize and the Mencken Award. He lives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
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And monkeys go.
Hands with handkerchiefs.
Blow! Blow! Blow!
Shake! Shake! Shake!
Whack! Whack! Whack!
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.Read more ›
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bought this for my son, he loves it. Its nicely sized for him and can withstand him tossing them everywhere.Published 2 days ago by Nikia J
My 19-month old requests this book almost daily. It's a fun, silly book.Published 18 days ago by Janai Maughan
Another favorite of my 2 year old's. We actually still have the copy that my parents used to read to my sister and I as children. It's a fun read, with good rhythm and rhymes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rachel
This was one of my finances favorite books as a child so we bought it for our son for his first Christmas (9 months old). It's now one of our sons favorite books! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Autumn
I don't think my son liked this at first but now he digs it. Lots of rhyming, lots of monkeys.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer