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Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes padded board book Board book – August 23, 2010
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Starred Review. PreS—"There was one little baby/who was born far away./And another who was born/on the very next day./And both of these babies,/as everyone knows,/had ten little fingers/and ten little toes." So opens this nearly perfect picture book. Fox's simple text lists a variety of pairs of babies, all with the refrain listing the requisite number of digits, and finally ending with the narrator's baby, who is "truly divine" and has fingers, toes, "and three little kisses/on the tip of its nose." Oxenbury's signature multicultural babies people the pages, gathering together and increasing by twos as each pair is introduced. They are distinctive in dress and personality and appear on primarily white backgrounds. The single misstep appears in the picture of the baby who was "born on the ice." The child, who looks to be from Northern Asia or perhaps an Inuit, stands next to a penguin. However, this minor jarring placement does not detract enough from the otherwise ideal marriage of text and artwork to prevent the book from being a first purchase. Whether shared one-on-one or in storytimes, where the large trim size and big, clear images will carry perfectly, this selection is sure to be a hit.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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*Starred Review* A standout for its beautiful simplicity, this picture-book collaboration between Fox and Oxenbury aims a message of diversity and tolerance at very young children. The first lines set up the text’s repetition and rhythm: “There was one little baby who was born far away. And another who was born on the very next day. And both of these babies, as everyone knows, had ten little fingers and ten little toes.” The subsequent spreads follow the same theme in similarly bouncing, rhyming lines: babies around the world may be different (one baby is born near ice, another in a desert tent), but the refrain of each baby’s 10 fingers and toes reminds us of what we all share. Oxenbury’s spare pencil-and-watercolor pictures, set against pure white pages, zero in on pudgy little hands and feet, offering many interactive opportunities for young viewers to point and count. Clusters of adorable multicultural babies from around the world toddle across the pages until just one child receives three kisses on the nose from her loving mom, a sweet gesture that parents will want to act out with their own children. A gentle, joyous offering. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Gillian Engberg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
As for quality, it's very thick and sturdy.
As for the product, the soft padded cover is awesome for younger babies, and the board pages stand up to a ton of use/abuse at the hands of a toddler.
Now, if only every prejudiced adult had a copy of this book (and understood it), the world might be a better place! A must-have in my library!
The text is repeated sets of rhyming couplets: "There was one little baby who was born far away/and another who was born on the very next day. And both of these babies/as everyone knows/ had ten little fingers and ten little toes!" The first two lines change to describe other babies, but the two concluding lines remain consistent. It reads smoothly and bouncily, with plenty of page given for each line of text. The last bit changes, when the narrator introduces her own baby. Not only does that baby have ten little fingers and ten little toes, but also "three little kisses on the tip of its nose!" What a lovely little finish! This is great fun to read with youngsters and babies, especially if you can give them three kisses just like the baby in the book.
But honestly, the rhyme on its own probably wouldn't have caught me if not for Helen Oxenbury's adorable illustrations. This veteran of children's illustration knows just the right touch to pair up with the text. There are very few illustrations with full backgrounds--most of the pictures focus on the baby characters. When there are occasional simple backgrounds or objects, these are mere props to the babies themselves. Oxenbury's multicultural cast of babies adds an extra dimension to the rhyme without being preachy or clumsy with the presentation. She also has our cast of babies growing up slowly through each couplet. While the first has tiny babies that cannot crawl yet, by the end of the book, they are toddlers, walking and climbing and laughing delightedly as the narrator mother holds her own baby to give it three kisses. The simplicity of the images make it a good pick for a younger child, and the rhyming repetitive text are excellent for helping children predict what comes next.
I'll be buying this book for all my new moms this year!
Happy Reading! ^_^ Shanshad