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 baby fingers, baby toes and the joy they - and the babies they belong to - bring to everyone, everywhere, all over the world!
About The Author
Mem Fox has written over 25 books for adults and children including Possum Magic, which has sold over three million copies and is the bestselling picture book ever in Australia. Mem has been presented with many awards including an AM in the 1993 Australia Day Honours for services to the cultural life of Australia; an SA Great Award for Literature in 2001; the Prime Minister's Centenary Medal in 2003; and she was shortlisted for the Australian of the Year in 2004. She worked as an Associate Professor of Literacy Studies in the School of Education at Flinders University, South Australia for twenty-four years and is now an international literacy consultant.
Mem's recent books with Penguin include Where is the Green Sheep?, Hunwick's Egg, A Particular Cow, Where The Giant Sleeps, Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Hello Baby!, The Goblin and the Empty Chair and A Giraffe in the Bath. She lives in Adelaide, Australia.
'Mem Fox's books are like a warm blanket; they have a way of making the world seem a little cosier.' Sunday Age
About The Illustrator
Helen Oxenbury is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed illustrators in the world. Her numerous books for children include the Kate Greenaway Medal-winning Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and one of the best-loved picture books of all time We're Going on a Bear Hunt written by Michael Rosen. She lives in London, England.
A pleasing poem that celebrates babies around the world. Whether from a remote village or an urban dwelling, a tent or the snow, Fox notes that each "of these babies, / as everyone knows, / had ten little fingers / and ten little toes." Repeated in each stanza, the verse establishes an easy rhythm. Oxenbury's charming illustrations depict infants from a variety of ethnicities wearing clothing that invokes a sense of place. Her pencil drawings, with clean watercolor washes laid in, are sweetly similar to those in her early board books (Clap Hands, 1987, etc.). Each stanza introduces a new pair of babies, and the illustrations cleverly incorporate the children from the previous stanzas onto one page, allowing readers to count not only fingers and toes but also babies. The last stanza switches its focus from two children to one "sweet little child," and reveals the narrator as that baby's mother. Little readers will take to the repetition and counting, while parents will be moved by the last spread: a sweet depiction of mother and baby. (Picture book. 3-5) (Kirkus Reviews)
For Ages: 2 - 5 years old
For Grades: PS - K
Number Of Pages: 40
Published: 1st September 2008
Dimensions (cm): 28.6 x 24.3 x 1.3
Weight (kg): 28.6
Edition Number: 1