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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Review: Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

Another gorgeous book by Mem Fox, this beautiful story travels the world introducing us to babies born in different places and circumstances.

The simple rhyming text make it delight to read aloud and little ones will soon be joining in the refrain -

And both of these babies, as everyone knows,
had ten little fingers and ten little toes.

Helen Oxenbury’s enchanting illustrations are deceptively simple. The babies are all so expressive and engaging in their own home settings, with their bright smiles, shy looks and delighted faces, as they engage with each other and the reader, showing off their ten little fingers and ten little toes.

At the end, you will be drawn so perfectly into that warm, loving feeling of the unique bond between mother and child, sharing that special moment where your little one’s face will soon tilt up in anticipation of the ‘three little kisses on the tip of its nose’!

This gorgeous picture book subtly opens children’s eyes to the world and how other children’s life experiences may be different yet they are still the same in so many ways. This book really reminds us of the universality of a beautiful, smiling child no matter what their background.

A must for every toddler’s bookshelf!

Title: Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
Author: Mem Fox
Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury
Publisher: Puffin, $16.95
Publication Date: June 2009
Format: Hard cover

ISBN: 9780143503583
For ages: 0 - 5
Type: Picture Book, Board Book