Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox is one of the very first books that was in Pickle's library, gifted to us as soon as he was born. We loved it immediately, taken by the lilting cadence and rhymes so perfect for a read aloud. The manner in which it celebrates diversity, highlighting our differences in lifestyle and culture while at the same time recognizing that we are all one and the same is such a beautiful message to share with even the youngest of children.
The book is wonderful in its simplicity, highlighting that all babies, everywhere around the world, each have ten little fingers and ten little toes. It's rhyming couplets are sweet and rhythmic, making the sing-song narrative one that children just adore. I also love the repetitive text - it is fantastic for helping toddlers anticipate the coming words, remember information, and enhance memory development. And let's not forget the charming illustrations by Helen Oxenbury. The pages depict the cutest little babies, all highly expressive in their actions, who convey emotions such as glee, curiosity and acceptance with each page turn. Most importantly, whether born on the ice or in a tent, in the hills or the city, the story is a beautiful testament to the power of humanity. This makes for an excellent gift for a new baby and is sure to be a hit in any little one's library.
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