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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.
A perennial best-selling favorite about the wonders of nature, gravity, tides, and migration, as well as the welcome of a new baby. This edition now includes a fresh redesign; a CD with a reading by the author and an original musical composition; and additional content that offers creative ways for families to celebrate their childand#8217;s arrival. The perfect gift for baby showers and expectant parents.
This beloved poem by Langston Hughes, in picture-book form for the first time and illustrated by the award-winning Sean Qualls, is an irresistible celebration of poetry and the love between mother and baby.
and#8220;My little dark baby, / My little earth-thing, / My little love-one, / What shall I sing / For your lullaby?" With a few simple words as smooth as a song, the poet Langston Hughes celebrates the love between an African American mother and her baby. The award-winning illustrator Sean Quallsand#8217;s painted and collaged artwork captures universally powerful maternal moments with tenderness and whimsy. In the end, readers will find a rare photo of baby Hughes and his mother, a biographical note, further reading, and the complete lullaby. Like little love-ones, this beautiful book is a treasure.
A tender collection of endearments for children the world over.
All over the world, people express their love for their children through endearments, such as and#8220;sweetie pieand#8221; or and#8220;peanut.and#8221; A child might be called little angel, angelito, in Spanish or precious, bao bei, in Chinese or my sweet little moon, mera chanda, in Hindi.
Little Treasures offers a wealth of endearments in fourteen languages to share with your own beloved poppet and petit chou.
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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