Synopses & Reviews
"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.
"This gently lilting read-aloud is just right for bedtime, or anytime your child could use a little extra comfort. Youand#8217;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 and#151; the storyteller Mem Fox and the artist Helen Oxenbury and#151; merge their talents in a winsome look at babies around the world."and#151;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
and#8220;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.and#8221; --Washington Post Book World,
September 7, 2008
"Fans of the first book will be delighted to extend their bedtime reading time with the second, and they'll welcome the chance to pump up the volume."and#8212;Publishers Weekly, starred review
and#160; "The complete opposite of the delightful The Quiet Book, this deliciously worthy companion title earns 'applause loud' . . . Act out a few of these moments during storytime for a joyous romp."and#8212;School Library Journal, starred review
"Fortified with the same charm and humor as the first book, this has enough activity and drama to elicit interesting observations and reactions from young audiences."and#8212;Booklist
"Aand#160;worthy companion to their previous success."and#8212;Kirkus Reviews
The much louder companion to the bestselling Quiet Book is now available inand#160;aand#160;cozy padded board book edition!
BANG! CRACKLE! BOO!
Just as there are different kinds of quiet, there are alsoand#160;different kinds of loud: good louds (HOORAY!), and bad louds (CRASH!), and accidental louds that make youand#160;the center of attention (BURP!).
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Loud Book presents all these kid-friendly noisesand#160;in a way that is sure to make readersand#160;CHEER! Now in a padded board edition just perfect for little hands. Pair this with its equally entertaining (but quieter) The Quiet Book.
A modern nursery rhyme about the things babies everywhere have in common
Just like there are lots of quiets, there are also lots of louds:
and bad louds
(CRASH!) And louds that make you feel like you are
the center of attention (BURP!).
The Loud Book compiles all these kid-friendly noises
from morning to night,
in a way that is sure to make readers
About the Author
MEM FOX is the author of many acclaimed books, including Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes,andnbsp;Possum Magic, Koala Lou, Time for Bed, and, for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia.HELEN OXENBURY is the world-class illustrator of dozens of beloved picture books, includingandnbsp;Michael Rosenand#39;s Weand#39;re Going on a Bear Hunt, Phyllis Rootand#39;s Big Momma Makes the World,andnbsp;which wonandnbsp;the Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Award, and her own Tom and Pippo series. She lives in London, England.