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Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes (2008): All Those Babies, Nose to Toes

Mem Fox, Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008)


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Not the cover we got, but I like this one better.

Of the books from this week’s library haul for the bean, the biggest hit by far has been Mem Fox’s simple and beautiful Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, a celebration of diversity and motherhood. The book reads more like song lyrics than poetry (for all I know, it may actually be), focusing on a chorus of “…both of these babies, as everyone knows, had ten little fingers and ten little toes.”, with the kinds of illustrations (expertly done by Helen Oxenbury) one expects. (I have to say, I had no idea that baby fingers and toes were such a fetish, but my wife posts pictures of the bean’s toes on Facebook on a regular basis, and each one gets a chorus of oohs and aahs.) The words take a right turn towards the end, and the story goes in a different, and equally wonderful, direction. The bean would ask for this one multiple times in a row every night we had it out of the library, and I didn’t mind in the least reading it every single time. This is good stuff indeed, and there is a strong possibility he’ll get his own copy for his upcoming birthday. ****

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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