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Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes



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Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox
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Great early picture book with strong element of repetition which will have a toddler “reading” along in no time. Superb illustrations. Ideal for bedtime.


As everyone knows, nothing is sweeter than tiny baby fingers and chubby baby toes ...From two of the most gifted picture book creators of our time, here is a celebration of babies and the joy they bring to everyone, everywhere, all over the world! 'This is a perfect read-aloud picture book ...full of warmth and appeal. It was a joy to read and a pleasure to hold.' Margaret Hamilton, Bookseller and Publisher


Shortlisted for Nielsen BookData/ABA Book of the Year Award - Booksellers' Choice 2009.


"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. Fox's (Time for Bed) text works off the simplest premise: babies around the world, even those who seem like polar opposites, have the same 20 digits in common. But there's real magic at work here. Given their perfect cadences, the rhymes feel as if they always existed in our collective consciousness and were simply waiting to be written down: "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." Oxenbury (We're Going on a Bear Hunt) once again makes multiculturalism feel utterly natural and chummy. As her global brood of toddlers grows-she introduces two cast members with every new stanza-readers can savor each addition both as beguiling individualist and giggly, bouncy co-conspirator. " Publishers Weekly

"This darling picture book is sure to be a winner. The rhyming words and outstanding illustrations will please young children and adults reading the story. The illustrations on the front and back cover are also the same on the binding, front and back. The repetitive phrase "ten little fingers and ten little toes" will appeal to the child. Parents will appreciate the fact that the baby pictures show that children are from all regions of the world and each has ten little fingers and ten little toes. There are 34 pages in this large (nine and a half by eleven inch) unpaged picture book. The large illustrations are life-like and will amuse toddlers and adults. Each page has only a few, well-chosen words that rhyme. No word is unnecessary, and the text fits perfectly with the baby pictures. They appear healthy, happy and lovable. No one will be able to resist this book about all babies having "ten little fingers and ten little toes." It makes a great gift for a young child. The binding is sturdy and can be wiped off with a damp cloth, and the pages are sturdy enough for many readings. Mem Fox, the author, wrote three companion books to Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes. "Reviewer: Jennie DeGenaro, Children's Literature

About the authors

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 OXENBURY is the illustrator of dozens of celebrated picture books, including Michael Rosen’s We’re Going on a Bear Hunt; Phyllis Root’s 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.

Release date Australia
June 29th, 2009
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