Monday, December 8, 2014

12 Books of Christmas--Day 6

For the 6th book of Christmas a good friend gave to me...

Ten little fingers and ten little toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury

A friend recommended this to me when my granddaughter was born several years ago. (almost 6 years ago!! wow) It has become my favorite to gift for new babies and is PERFECT as the bedtime "go to" book.Would make a great Christmas gift for anyone with small children. Below is the starred review from Booklist.

*Starred Review* 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. The first lines set up the text’s repetition and rhythm: “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.” The subsequent spreads follow the same theme in similarly bouncing, rhyming lines: babies around the world may be different (one baby is born near ice, another in a desert tent), but the refrain of each baby’s 10 fingers and toes reminds us of what we all share. Oxenbury’s spare pencil-and-watercolor pictures, set against pure white pages, zero in on pudgy little hands and feet, offering many interactive opportunities for young viewers to point and count. Clusters of adorable multicultural 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. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Gillian Engberg

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