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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of "hidden" value, September 29, 2008
This review is from: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes... (Board book)
At first glance, this book appears to be simply an illustration of a kids song. Some reviewers have complained that that's all there is..so why buy it. But actually, there is a lot more there if you look.

First of all, while illustrated songs seem like an odd choice sometimes to adults, little kids LOVE them. Invariably, they are the ones my two year old brings to me again and again. They are also the first books that kids are able to memorize. This is important because they like to pull them out when they are playing independently, and model reading on their own. What a satisfying experience for a pre-reader! Plus, for parents for whom it doesn't come as naturally to bring music into their children's lives, these sorts of books are a great way to do so.

This book does an excellent job of being really clear with the pictures lining up the words and the body parts. The first line, she gives each body part it's very own page, so that they can be large and really obvious -- the little animal on the page mirroring the same body part as the baby is also very adorable.

When she gets to eyes, ears, mouth and nose, she adds another dimension by putting in item on the page that you can do with that body part -- for eyes - books, for ears - baby instruments, for mouth - baby food and sippy cup, and for nose - flowers. So there is a discussion element if you are reading this with your baby and choose to take it.

The back of the book has the last "knees and toes" echo...pretty cute, and also has the whole song written out under a staff with musical notes. My older daughter has taken to grabbing this 'baby' book and asking how to pluck it out on her little piano keyboard. So the book can have a second life for that purpose later on.

The pictures of the babies are endearing.. I love their happy little faces. It is worth noting that while the babies are definitely different "shades" -- it's hardly what I'd call multi-cultural, which is a shame because there's no reason why it couldn't have been. She did throw in a couple girls.

All and all, if the multicultural issue doesn't concern you, I'd recommend this highly for your own little on, or for a gift.
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Initial post: Jul 22, 2010 8:11:43 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jan 1, 2011 3:21:22 PM PST
A wonderful review indeed!

Well said! "The pictures of the babies are endearing.. I love their happy little faces."

- author Sam

Posted on Jul 31, 2011 12:35:51 PM PDT
You are so right. I really don't like the book but they are my toddler's favorites so we keep them around. She brings them to me again and again to get me to sing the songs for her. She already can say "head" and "toes" and she can point to all the body parts and she is not yet 18 months old.

Posted on Jan 21, 2012 8:38:36 PM PST
you summed it up perfectly :) my daughter loves her book too :) she pats her head so i sing the song and she goes and gets the book :) or the other way around she will bring me the book and then pats her head :) she has also learned her nose from the book :) and is now showing interest in toes :)
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