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Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toesby Helen Oxenbury and Mem Fox
Synopses & Reviews
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.
English author/illustrator Helen Oxenbury, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, teamed up with celebrated Australian illustrator/author Mem Fox for this around-the-world look at babyhood, to be published next month. The happy result is a jig-along rhyme sure to delight parents and tots alike. "There was one little baby who was born far away. And another who was born on the very next day. And both of... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review) these babies, as everyone knows, had ten little fingers and ten little toes." As the rollicking rhythm continues, a variety of chubby knees, belly buttons and tousled heads join the fingers and toes of the refrain in a jolly homage to the similarities and differences of infants across the globe. 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. Kristi Jemtegaard is the Youth Services Coordinator for Arlington (Va.) Public Library. She teaches children's and adolescent literature and has served on both the Caldecott and Newbery Committees. Reviewed by Kristi Jemtegaard, Washington Post Book World (Copyright 2006 Washington Post Book World Service/Washington Post Writers Group)
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"'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
"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
"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
In their first-ever collaboration, two of today's most gifted picture book creators deliver a gorgeously simple book that celebrates baby fingers, baby toes, and the joy they — and the babies they belong to — bring to everyone.
A modern nursery rhyme about the things that babies everywhere have in common, now available in a Spanish/English bilingual board book edition.
Baby's bedtime is more cuddly than ever!
Tired little eyes,
ready now for bed,
Tired little everything,
By the end of a busy day, little knees are tired from crawling, little arms are tired from stretching—even little lips are tired from blowing kisses. But with the help of gentle verse, and art as sweet as a bedtime lullaby, tired little eyes will quickly give way to sleep.
Shhh . . .
"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." No matter which part of the world a baby comes fromand#8212;born on the ice or in a tentand#8212;that baby has and#8220;ten little fingers / and ten little toes,and#8221; the pleasing refrain of this wonderful, rhyming tribute to the chubby, sweet universality of babies of all colors. Helen Oxenburyand#8217;s soft, rounded babies are captured perfectly in soft, rounded watercolors.
A modern nursery rhyme about the things babies everywhere have in common.
About the Author
Mem Fox has published with Harcourt for more than fifteen years, and her beloved stories have sold more than four million picture books. She lives in Adelaide, Australia.
Helen Oxenury is the illustrator of dozens of celebrated picture books, including Michael Rosens Were Going on a Bear Hunt; Phyllis Roots' Big Momma Makes the World,which won a Boston Globe Horn Book Award ; and her own Tom and Pippo series. She lives in London, England.
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