Monday, February 28, 2011

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Mem Fox, ill. Helen Oxenbury

For a long time, Peepo! was my favourite book for babies. However, this book has now joined Peepo! in first place.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes is a gorgeous books for babies. Written in rhyme Mem Fox has created lots of little babies, all with one thing in common:
There was one little baby who was born in the hills.
And another who suffered from sneezes and chills.
And both of these babies as everyone knows
had ten little and ten little toes.
Helen Oxenbury (illustrator of We're Going on a Bear Hunt) has designed lovely illustrations and some very realistic looking babies, with an impressive array of multicultural features - your baby will look like one of these!

The ending is a lovely way to turn the book into a special one for your own child:
But the next baby born was truly divine,
a sweet little child who was mine, all mine.
And this little baby, as everyone knows,
has ten little finger, ten little toes,
and three little kisses on the tip of its nose.
A very special book.

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