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Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb Board book – Jan 20 1998


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Product Details

  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Brdbk edition (Jan. 20 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679890483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679890485
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.3 x 14.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Al Perkins, Illustrated by Eric Gurney --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Josh on Nov. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane on March 8 2002
Format: Board book
Our speech therapist recommended this book because of its simple lively rhyming and easy rhythm. My sons were not 2 1/2 yet and not saying many words. But they certainly understood hands and drums and rings and monkeys, so they took to it from the beginning.
Unfortunately, it hasn't become a favorite of theirs. I'm not sure if the colors are too "earthy" (mostly brown, yellow and orange) for them or if they just have other stronger interests (horses and firetrucks and construction trucks right now at a little over 2 1/2) However, I like to pull it out and read it simply because *I* enjoy the rhyme and rhythm.
But as the therapist pointed out, it is a great book for early readers and for toddlers to participate in the actions and to "read" (memorize). And it uses lots of sounds that are often difficult for children (th, ending consonant sounds on one syllable words). So while the color scheme is not the bright primary colors of many toddler books, I still recommend it for the easy and fun reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ritaroja on Feb. 19 2004
Format: Board book
We've been reading this book to my 18-month-old daughter since she was just a few months old and she loves it. In fact, reciting it to her when she's crying -- on an airplane for instance -- will make her stop crying immediately and start drumming on her belly with her hands. She was attracted to the rhythm and rhyme from a very early age. It is not necessary to understand what monkeys and drums are in order to enjoy this book ... it is perfect for babies of all ages!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31 2005
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
I purchased this book for my 8 month old nephew. Whenever I get books out to read to him he reaches for this one -- it's by far his favourite! The rhyme and repetition in this book is excellent and my nephew loves it when I tap out a beat while reading the words. This is a great silly book and I would recommend it to anyone looking for simple books to read to their baby or young child.
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 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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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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