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Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes [Hardcover]

Mem Fox , Helen Oxenbury
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Sept. 1 2008

As everyone knows, nothing is sweeter than tiny baby fingers and chubby baby toes. . . . And here, from two of the most gifted picture-book creators of our time, is a celebration of baby fingers, baby toes, and the joy they—and the babies they belong to—bring to everyone, everywhere, all over the world!

          This is a gorgeously simple picture book for very young children, and once you finish the rhythmic, rhyming text, all you’ll want to do is go back to the beginning . . . and read it again! The luminous watercolor illustrations of these roly-poly little ones from a variety of backgrounds are adorable, quirky, and true to life, right down to the wrinkles, dimples, and pudges in their completely squishable arms, legs, and tummies.

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"This gently lilting read-aloud is just right for bedtime, or anytime your child could use a little extra comfort. You’ll go ga-ga yourself over the adorable watercolors of babies around the world." --Parenting , September 2008

"Put two titans of kids' books together for the first time, and what do you get (besides the urge to shout, "What took you so long?")? The answer: an instant classic . . . there's real magic at work here."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes gently presents--but never preaches--a satisfying lesson about humanity and international harmony."--BookPage

"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. . . . Clusters of adorable mulitcultural 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."--Booklist, starred review

"Fox's lilting verse just has to be read aloud, and preschoolers will quickly pick up on and join in on the anticipated refrain. Oxenbury's spacious illustrations, featuring her irresistible round-headed tots (and, of course, plenty of chubby baby digits), emphasize the babies' differences and will engage even the youngest listeners in the on-page action."--The Horn Book Magazine, starred review

"In 'Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes,' two beloved picture-book creators — the storyteller Mem Fox and the artist Helen Oxenbury — merge their talents in a winsome look at babies around the world."—The New York Times Book Review

"A witty and winsome look at babies around the world that has a toe-tapping refrain: the words sound easy and familiar, as though they have been handed down to children forever. And the story ends with a pitch-perfect moment: one little baby who is 'mine, all mine.' "--The New York Times Book Review, Notable Children's Books of 2008

"'Light as air and sweet as honey' might be a way to describe this delectable confection about babies, here, there and everywhere."--The Globe and Mail

Wichita Eagle, Great Gift Recommendations 2008


“Blonde top-knots, springy black curls, haystack red straw and sleek black hair surround smiling, frowning, sneezing or contemplative baby faces. Anyone who has ever tweaked a little piggy will quickly start chanting the infectious refrain from this 'digital' romp.” --Washington Post Book World, September 7, 2008


"an instant classic"

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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 STAR! March 31 2014
Format:Board book
Wonderful book that is rhytmic, with beautiful images and promotes cultural bonding and love. So cute, LO loves it no matter how many times i read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars for my grand-daughter Sept. 18 2013
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she loves this book with it's story & beautiful pictures. Would recommend it for sure. My other grandkids also have it.
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A beautiful story that makes my daughter giggle - she loves looking at the adorable illustrations! I think this is a great for our multicultural world, for babies of mixed families, for families with adopted babies...just a great book to promote understanding, kindness & love! Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A FAVORITE FOR EVERYONE ! May 20 2012
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This book is a favourite! The rhymes are very fun and the repetitive words are easily remembered. The illustrations are bright and so playful, with adorable baby pictures from around the world! This is a treasure in my child's library of favourites, and so enjoyable that I will purchae several copies to give as baby gifts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This one should get 6 stars! Oct. 12 2008
By Annette Towner - Published on Amazon.com
As an early childhood professional, I am always looking for new books to share with children, their parents & teachers. When I saw this one reviewed in the National Association for the Education of Young Children's magazine, I immediately ordered several copies. I have already used them for teacher training & as baby shower, welcome-to-world new baby & now-you-are-grandparents gifts.

The book includes all of the elements of appropriate books for young children. The story/text is simple and incorporates rhyme, repetition & interesting vocabulary. The illustrations are soft yet colorful & clear, subtly addressing similarities & differences.

The book provides opportunities to initiate discussions about numbers by counting the fingers, toes & babies. It also addresses social/emotional aspects of development by illustrating empathy & caring interpreted through the faces & actions of the characters.

I have yet to see anyone look at this book & not melt into the long "awe" we often hear when looking at something that truly touches our hearts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely perfect! Sept. 23 2008
By Shannon B. Lipan - Published on Amazon.com
Mem Fox has done it again!! I can't wait to share this story with my 1 year old daughter so please publish it in a board book edition! I love the message that we're all so alike as babies despite where we live or what color our skin is. It is so relevant to babies as I am always kissing my babies toes and fingers. Helen Oxenbury has produced beautiful illustrations that are pivotal to the language! Can't wait for the board book!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars So sweet a storybook Oct. 13 2008
By Armchair Interviews - Published on Amazon.com
Nothing is sweeter than tiny baby fingers and chubby baby toes-and the babies they go with, of course.

Ten Little Finger and Ten Little Toes is a celebration of babies everywhere. City babies, country babies, sick babies, and well babies, all over the world. And the ten little fingers and ten little toes they all come with.

The pictures are adorable, the text is cute, and the book held the attention of my six-year-old (who loves babies) and my three-year-old equally well. Both of them wanted the book read over and over and liked looking at the pictures.

If you have a child or grandchild about one- to four-years-old, don't miss Ten Little Finger a It is sure to entertain little ones with both the text and the pictures on the 40 page hardcover book.

Armchair Interviews says: A real charmer.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darling Book Oct. 6 2008
By A. Cushman - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of the sweetest books I have ever read. It is a perfect bedtime story. It would also make a special baby shower gift.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Mem and Helen, for coming out of retirement one last time! Oct. 30 2008
By Elisabeth - Published on Amazon.com
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Dear little babies with their characteristically busy little fingers and stubby little playdough toes delight the reader with their realism. Thank you, Helen Oxenbury! A singalong rhythm that is "easy to read to" encourages the listener to join in after a couple of repeats. Thank you, Mem Fox!

Although these two gifted women had "retired", this book, and the Baby World, is as fresh and light-hearted as these babies are. Focusing on the similarities rather than the differences, their message of peace is tenderly and subtly played. I can't wait to give this as a baby gift!
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