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Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb Board book – Jan 20 1998
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Illus. in full color. A madcap band of dancing, prancing monkeys explain hands, fingers, and thumbs to beginning readers. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Al Perkins was the author of many Bright and Early and Beginner Books.
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. --This text refers to an alternate Board book edition.
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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.
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 ›
Most recent customer reviews
My daughter loves this book. Fun rhymes which make her laugh each time we read it to her!Published 4 days ago by HM
Great book for teaching tesol Preschool age children their body parts. Fun words and simple art. A joy to read.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Another family classic that all of the kids have enjoyed for the last 50 years.Published 22 months ago by Susan McMurray
Wonderful book with good rhythm and rhyme patterns for early literacy.Published 22 months ago by Morgaine
Thought this was the regular book that I had read to my children but turns out that it is a small board book that doesn't have all the text and pagesPublished on June 17 2014 by Barry Bokhaut
This is such a fun book for toddlers. My daughter whom is coming up on one, loves when I sing this book to her. Read morePublished on April 18 2014 by Brutus McNutus
This was my second board book. The first one I got is falling apart because my little guy keeps flipping through it. Read morePublished on April 17 2014 by Diamond Lo
Great condition! Came so fast! Nice size for baby fingers. Good. Why is there a minimum requirement word count for comments?Published on Nov. 24 2013 by Gaelah McBirnie