Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781328852250
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 782,982
Product dimensions: 15.20(w) x 19.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 3 Years

About the Author

Mem Fox is the author of many acclaimed books, including Time for Bed and Where Is the Green Sheep?.  She lives in Adelaide, Australia. You can visit her website at www.memfox.net.

Helen Oxenbury is the beloved illustrator of dozens of picture books, including Michael Rosen's We're Going on a Bear Hunt. She lives in London, England.


A Message from the Author

Hi, there! I'm one half of the team (the writer) that created Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes and I want to say a big thank you for loving my new book enough to look me up on the B&N.com website. I love the book too! I'm thrilled that it appeared on the bestseller lists in its very first week of publication and that it's still there as I type this in late October, 2008.

What's the story behind this story? One day in 2005 I found myself in Boston talking to a large group of parents with many differences: some were black, some white, some brown, some well-to-do, some poor, some young, some older. Their children, and in particular their babies, were universally adorable and s the parents bent over the table afterwards as hey were having their books signed, I played with the babies' fingers, marveling at their exquisite tiny-ness. I left Boston late on that snowy Friday afternoon to begin my very long plane journey from Boston to my home in Adelaide, South Australia. In a dreamy state, as I dozed on the plane, I recalled the similarities of the peoples of the world, the tiny fingers of every single child, and once again wished we could focus what we all had in common instead of the differences and hatreds that divide us. The book appeared in my brain before I was even fully awake.

Aside from writing, my other passion is begging parents to read to their children from an early age, for the huge fun of it, let alone for the untold benefits it bestows, both socially and educationally. My careful advice and noisy opinions on this subject can be found between the covers of my book for parents: Reading Magic: How Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever.

Would it be outrageously cheeky of me to suggest that parents begin to read to their babies as early as possible, starting with Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes? The rhythm of the words and the delight of the artwork will, I hope, entrance every little child in the world, as well as bring to their tired parents a certain kind of quiet and loving calm.


Mem Fox

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Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
busterMB More than 1 year ago
This story shows children from many different cultures -each one as delightful as can be. The repetitious "ten little fingers and ten little toes" invites your toddler to join in the reading of the story. My two year old grand-daughter loves this story. I've bought two more to give as gifts to expectant parents.
katknit More than 1 year ago
Beautifully illustrated, this little rhyming book is a charming way to introduce the concept of counting to toddlers. Most two year olds will understand every word in this vocabulary, and when I read it to my grand daughter last week, her impulse was, of course, to check out her own fingers and toes. A fun bit of word play and learning.
GrandmaLaLa More than 1 year ago
We selected this book as a first Christmas gift for our new niece, who was adopted internationally this year. We appreciate the message of common traits in children from all different places and circumstances. As the educators in our family would say, we are more alike than we are different!

A lovely message with equally lovely illustrations. A treasure to keep and share for years!
shelf-employed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury - 'nough said. It's a winner!
rmbowers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A sweet counting book, Ten little Finger and Ten Little Toes is filled with sweet moments and cute rhymes! Perfect for younger children, this book encourages empathy while also counting fingers, toes, and babies! It is a cute book that children will enjoy!
aconant05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a cute book showing little babies born in all sorts of places have ten little fingers and ten little toes. The art in this book was adorable-especially when the babies were interacting with one another. Also the rhyming gave it a nice rhythm making the book very satisfying and warm.
JeneenNammar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Birth to 3. Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury celebrate diversity for toddlers in the picture book Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes. In it, eight babies from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds meet one by one. Each time they do they immediately embrace one another, because evidently they recognize that no matter their different appearances, they each have "ten little fingers and ten little toes." Mem Fox's poem is sing-song but enjoyable and upbeat and Oxenbury provides exuberant illustrations. She uses whitespace as her background to keep the readers' focused on the babies. Her penciled drawn lines and watercolored, realistic illustrations are soft on the eyes, and her images depict just what Fox's poem is referring to but with humor and enthusiasm. Although a critic might say what if, a child did not have "ten little fingers and ten little toes," this book is still recommended to library collections, and storytime for toddlers and preschoolers. Even though the text is focused on the one refrain of how most of us are alike (as in having ten fingers and toes), the illustrations communicate visually that the characters are embracing one another for more reasons. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes is a visual affirmation of how the very young know that we are the same, through our expressions and being, no matter our heritage.
jasmine84 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
On this book, I see the strengths of illustration is simple the art is fun with calm color but not a kind for toddler that is the weakness because there was a big word I bet that toddler age will not understand "eiderdown" I think if change wrapped in a "blanket" is much better.
restock on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderful illustrations and predictable patters for emergent readers. Young children also enjoyed the book as they are they able to follow along with what will happen next.
bspentecost on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book tells about babies who are born in many different places and in many different situations all around the world. The text and illustrations show small children of many different races, but the book focuses on the refrain that all babies have ten little fingers and ten little toes. Then at the end of the book the last baby is the child of the narrator and she says just like any baby it has ten fingers and ten toes, but this baby has three little kisses on its nose. This would be a book that would be good for kindergarten children to and for use in a discussion about diversity.
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Absolutely perfect for toddler storytimes, kids will love looking at these adorable pictures of babies. I also love the variety of skintones, dress, and settings for all the babies! A great show of inclusiveness.I also really love the depictions of the chubby little fingers and toes. And the babies are all smiling, hugging, laughing - very cute.It is really cute with just the right amount of saccharine-ness and perfect rhyming text; this all combines for a great read aloud!
LDB2009 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great picture book with a nice story. The pictures show how babies are different all over the world but the story always comes back to the "ten little fingers and ten little toes" all babies share. The illustrations of the babies are cute and the babies are all smiles. It would be a fun book to share with a toddler...I shared it and a couple other books with my fourth-graders as we discussed how we are all same but different.
CChristophersen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love Mem Fox. She gets it. This is an adorable story telling that no matter where you come from you have ten fingers and ten toes. We are all the same. It has a lyrical rhyme to the text. The reader can easily interact with their audience by counting and kissing fingers and toes!
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully illustrated book featuring babies and their "ten little fingers, and ten little toes."
rachelsticka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We had this book in my classroom ful of toddlers when they were really interested in babies. We discussed what babies have in common and what they may have different. Summplementing this book with books on babies from different countries was useful too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must have for your collection! Helen Oxenbury has made this simple book come to life with her beautiful illustrations. Mem Fox's words are wonderfully written and will engage your infant/toddler over and over again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it may show acceptance of many different cultures, but not everyone is born with 10 fingers and 10 toes.  way to discriminate against handicapped children.
tcj62811 More than 1 year ago
My son loves this book. We received it as a gift and he loves pointing out the fingers and toes in the book, and then his. It's great to watch him understand the point of the story even!
moeMH More than 1 year ago
so sweet, so beautiful, and the illustrations are fantastic. my 18 month loves it and is engaged and joyful every night when we read it before bedtime!
AndiMama More than 1 year ago
My 11 month old loves this book for the rhyming and cute pictures. I love this book because of the great message, that we all have more similarities than differences, no matter how we look or where we are born. I also love that my daughter wants me to kiss her nose at the end, just like the mama does to the baby in the book. :-)
moira38 More than 1 year ago
Sweet little book with delightful pictures! Love this one and every young child should have one!! Mem Fox books are the best!!
Julia_Shpak More than 1 year ago
"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." This book is full of great simplicity and easy to remember rhyme that floats easily with repetition. All kinds of babies from different ethnic backgrounds are shown on the pages of this book, but all of this babies have something in common - ten little fingers/and ten little toes! The book sweetly ends with the sketch of narrator's baby who is "truly divine" and has 10 little fingers and ten little toes ... as well as "three little kisses on the tip of its nose". Detailed pencil-and-watercolor pictures offer opportunities to point and count for the little ones, making the reading even more entertaining for the whole family.
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