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Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes - Mem Fox

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

By: Mem Fox, Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator)

Board Book Published: 23rd August 2010
ISBN: 9780547366203
Number Of Pages: 38
For Ages: 4+ years old

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An absolutely gorgeous edition of this very famous and bestselling book. The padded cover is beautiful to touch and the board book pages are sturdy and ready to test the strength of any young child. The pictures, as always, are beautifully depicted and cover the major races of people on the planet, making this book suitable for all to read and enjoy. Perfect for 1 to 3 year olds.

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.

About the Illustrator

Helen Oxenbury is the world-class illustrator of dozens of beloved picture books, including Michael Rosen's We're Going on a Bear Hunt, Phyllis Root's Big Momma Makes the World, which won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Award, and her own Tom and Pippo series. She lives in London, England

Industry Reviews

"This gently lilting read-aloud is just right for bedtime, or anytime your child could use a little extra comfort. You'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 - the storyteller Mem Fox and the artist Helen Oxenbury - merge their talents in a winsome look at babies around the world."
The New York Times Book Review

ISBN: 9780547366203
ISBN-10: 0547366205
Audience: Children
For Ages: 4+ years old
For Grades: 3
Format: Board Book
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 38
Published: 23rd August 2010
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.78 x 19.68  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.66

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Mem Fox

About the Author


Mem Fox was born in Australia, grew up in Africa, studied drama in England, and returned to Adelaide, Australia in 1970, where she has lived with her husband, Malcolm, and daughter Chloe, happily ever after.

Mem Fox is Australia's most highly regarded picture-book author. Her first book, Possum Magic, is the best selling children's book ever in Australia, with sales of over three and a half million. And in the USA Time for Bed and Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge have each sold over a million copies. Time for Bed is on Oprah's list of the twenty best children's books of all time.

Mem has written over thirty picture books for children and five non-fiction books for adults, including the best-selling Reading Magic, aimed at parents of very young children. Her book Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes beautifully illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, was on the New York Times bestseller lists for 16 weeks in 2008/2009.

Mem Fox was an Associate Professor in Literacy Studies at Flinders University in Adelaide (Australia), where she taught teachers for twenty four years until her early retirement in 1996. She has received many civic awards, honours and accolades in Australia, including two honorary doctorates. She has visited the United States over one hundred times, mostly in her role as a literacy expert although she is also a well-known author in America. She is an influential international consultant in literacy, but she pretends to sit around writing full time.

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