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.
"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
"Dunrea's feathered characters have the look and feel of preschoolers rapt in their own discovery of the world." and#8212;School Library Journal
and#160; "...Ravenous Booboo enjoys circular adventures replete with the repetitive phrases in which toddlers revel..." and#8212;Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
and#160; "It is the cleanly designed and sometimes humorous artwork that gives these small books their irresistaible charm." and#8212;Booklist, ALA
and#160; "Dunrea's simply charming ink-and-watercolor art reveals an endearing cast of diminutive critters."
and#8212;Publishers Weekly and#160; "The ink-and-watercolor illustrations are as simple as the text, and small children will recognize and relate to each story's tiny arc and resolution." and#8212;Kirkus Reviews
Gossie and Gertieand#8217;s boots are made for walking; the books they so delightfully traverse are made for treasuring. and#8212;Horn Book,
"Adding ample wry humor to both his spare ink-and-watercolor pictures and minimalist text, Dunrea imbues both goslings with distinctive, endearing personalities and chronicles experiences every preschooler can recognize." and#8212;Publishers Weekly, Starred
"The potent combination of toddler-appealing story lines and the charismatic charm of the illustrations assure that these smartly clad geese will be marching straight into the hearts of readers." and#8212;Kirkus Reviews
Two books that are sure to become favoritesand#8230;Young children will ask to hear these stories again and again, and they're just right for little hands. and#8212;School Library Journal
and#8220;Preschoolers are bound to ask for an encore reading, and theyand#8217;ll probably ask for new boots, too.and#8221; and#8212;The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
A modern nursery rhyme about the things babies everywhere have in common
"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 from — born on the ice or in a tent — that baby has “ten little fingers / and ten little toes,” the pleasing refrain of this wonderful, rhyming tribute to the chubby, sweet universality of babies of all colors. Helen Oxenbury’s soft, rounded babies are captured perfectly in soft, rounded watercolors.
This book from Olivier Dunrea's popular GossieandFriends series introduces BooBoo, who loves "good food"...make that all food!and#160;Soft covers, rounded corners, and sturdy board book pages make this new edition of a preschool favorite the perfect choice for the youngest GossieandFriends fans.
Meet BooBoo, a curious blue gosling who likes to eat good food. BooBoo eats, and eats, and eats. Is there anything she won't try? and#160; Soft covers, rounded corners, and sturdy board book pages make this new edition of a preschool favorite the perfect choice for the youngest GossieandFriends fans.
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.
Meet Gossie, one of the small goslings with big personalities from Olivier Dunrea's Gossie and Friends series!and#160;She's a small yellow gosling who loves to wear bright red bootsand#8212;every day. But one morning Gossie canand#8217;t find them!and#160;She looks everywhere: under the bed, over the wall, even in the barn.and#160;Can you guessand#160;where Gossie finally finds her boots? and#160; Soft covers, rounded corners, and sturdy board book pages make this new edition of aand#160;preschooland#160;favorite the perfect choice for the youngest GossieandFriends fans.
The second book in Olivier Dunrea's popular GossieandFriends seriesand#160;is about Gossie and Gertie, best friendsand#160;who goand#160;everywhere together. Or do they?and#160;Soft covers, rounded corners, and sturdy board book pages make this new edition of a preschool favorite the perfect choice for the youngest GossieandFriends fans.
Gossie and Gertie are friends. Best friends. They splash in the rain, play hide-and-seek, and dive in the pond together. Everywhere Gossie goes, Gertie does too. Or does she?
Soft covers, rounded corners, and sturdy board book pages make this new edition of a preschool favorite the perfect choice for the youngest GossieandFriends fans.
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.