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Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb (Bright & Early Books) Hardcover – September 12, 1969
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About the Author
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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My 20 month old loves it! She has already memorized some of the words in it.Published 22 hours ago by Evelyn Reyes
My 20 month old son loves this book. This is the second copy we have purchased within 6 months. He wanted it read to him several times a day. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Ron Woods
Adorable book! I ordered for a friend and their kids absolutely love it.Published 9 days ago by Bridget Thompson