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Diez deditos de las manos y Diez deditos de los pies / Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes bilingual board book

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« “A gentle, joyous offering.” —Booklist, starred review “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.” No matter which part of the world a baby comes from—born on the ice or in a tent—that baby has “ten little fingers / ...more
Board Book, 38 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published November 28th 1979)
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This is the perfect book for my littlest one. Somehow Mem Fox's voice just seems to be there when I read it - you know her voice - soothing, and peaceful, but fun at the same time? Enchanting. Very simple rhyming sentences that you feel you are singing rather than reading. This is a book I love to give as a gift as there's a specialness to it.
Oh, dear! This is just about the most adorable, sweet-and-snuggly book-about-babies. You can almost smell their baby-fragrance and hear the darling coos. It's also a great little "message" story illustrating the "we're all the same inside" theme; no matter where a baby is born--no matter her culture or his skin color--all have ten little fingers and ten little toes and are very much loved.
We received two copies of this book when we had our baby, and it drives me nuts every time she puts it from the shelve. So, it's a book that is supposed to be about how, despite our differences, we are all the same! I mean, except for anyone who is a deformed freak. It reminds me of whenever new parents say, "The first thing I did was count his/her fingers and toes!" Really? It was? Would have thrown it back if the count was incorrect? Did you check to see if the baby was breathing first?

I think
Monica Edinger
I resisted this one unfairly because of the title and the other reviews. I figured it was another sweet, well-meaning, "we are all alike and so let's all get along" sort of book. Well it is all that, but so much more too.

Fox's simple yet perfect verse is perfectly illustrated by Oxenbury's lovely drawings and together they make this a completely and perfectly delightful book. I can only imagine that young children are going to want this book read aloud over and over, they will pour over the ima
How many fingers do you have?

On my first visit to Cambodia some years back I met a few young people and as we were chatting some made some disparaging remarks about Thai people. 'How many Thai people do you know?' I asked.

'None,' came the answer.

'So, tell me—How many fingers do you have?'


'Mmmm. Same as Thai people. And what about toes? How many toes do Cambodian people have?'


'Just like Thais. How many eyes do you have?'


'So do all the Thais I've met. And ears—How many ears do yo
Elle Harris
This book seems extremely simple at first glance, but holds a deeper meaning. It begins with telling the readers about two different babies that are born and then explains that they both have “ten little fingers and ten little toes”. The book then goes on to describe different babies that are born and continues to explain that each baby has ten fingers and ten toes. The illustrations in this book are what tell the story because they show that each baby looks different in terms of their clothing, ...more
Michaela George
This was an adorable picture book about how many babies may be born in different areas or grow up with different traditions, but in the end they all have ten little fingers and ten little toes. This was the reference that kept being given after the author would show the differences in how each baby grew. She kept relating back that each baby had ten fingers and ten toes. “There was one little baby who was born in the hills and another little baby who suffered from chills”. In the end it talks ab ...more
Mallori Allphin
This is wonderful picture book about different babies, born in different places, from various cultures, that all are recognized as being the same with their ten small fingers and ten small toes. It has beautiful illustrations that depict the babies as being of different races, but all are shown together, smiling and laughing, with their ten little fingers and toes. One thing that I think makes this picture book so enduring is its simplistic language and repetitive style. Every other page introdu ...more
Amy Adams
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes is another Mem Fox book I picked up after reading Reading Magic. This is one of those books that can teach counting without actually teaching counting. I mean, it doesn’t say “one, two, three…”, but it gives you lots of opportunities to count—children, fingers, toes, animals, etc. It also has some nice repetition.

In a (very) cursory search, I was unable to find confirmation of the materials used to create the art, but it looks like colored pencil and waterc
Gerardo Mendoza-Tovar
This story is about little babies, boys and girls, who are born in different places around the world. No matter how different the places they are born into they are all similar. Everyone knows that all of them have ten little fingers and ten little toes. The story is very simple but has a deeper meaning and shows diversity.
The book is intended for very young children. This books is very easy to read and the vocabulary level is really low. The watercolor illustrations are great because they show
Ten Little fingers and ten little toes is a picture book that shows babies being born all over the world and from different culture and backgrounds. This book highlights the similarities of children instead of identifying what makes us different or not alike. I enjoyed the simplistic nature of this book and its straight forward message that pretty much shows that we are more alike than what we tend to give ourselves credit for. I think this book would be a great problem-solving book, because of ...more
Cora Tea Party Princess

This is the first book I've bought for my wee nephew.

This book has a great message, and one I feel it's important to impart at an early age. It has a great rhythm as well which lends to easy reading out loud.

I remember my mum reading to to me and my sisters when we were little - I think it was one of our favourites.
Ashley Kerns
Apr 22, 2014 Ashley Kerns rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone children, parents, teachers
Recommended to Ashley by: TCH&LRN 307
This is a picture book that has babies being born in all different places it shows through the illustrations that they are all from different cultures. After each place where the baby is born the story says, “as everyone knows, had ten little fingers and ten little toes”. This is a book showing that babies are born in all different places but just because of that it doesn’t make us a different kind of baby, it reminds the readers that we have the ten little fingers and the ten little toes. In al ...more
Samantha Zimmerman
A children’s picture book, Ten little Fingers and ten Little Toes, compares different babies, their culture, ethnicity, language, home, values and economic status. The book compares two completely opposite babies, but also shows that no matter how different the babies may be raised of look, they all have ten little fingers and ten little toes. Because this book is for younger children I don’t think that it would be appropriate to use in an older elementary classroom. Though it does have really g ...more
Alyssa Weber
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox is a cute book that young children are sure to enjoy! Parents too! The book goes through a series of children, discussing the numbers of fingers and toes they have. The silly repetition and rhyming features are sure to make the young children laugh while enjoying this book. Another key concept of this book that I personally enjoyed was the use of diversity. The illustrations represented babies of many cultural backgrounds, which is fantastic! I l ...more
Derek Slagle
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox is a good book to read in Pre-k or Kindergarten. This book find a simple way to uncover the theme of diversity. Through out the book, it show different babies from around the world and how they all have ten toes. This would be good to help students understand that we all are similar but we all have traits that make us unique. This book was easier to read because it was rhyming and had repetition.
In the classroom I would use this this book to tea
Got this one as a gift-I was initially skeptical, but the pictures and the fun my 5 month old has when we read it won me over. The best thing about looking up children's books in Goodreads is someone always has a complaint. I do remember wondering what I would do about this book if my son didn't have ten fingers and toes; my guess is, not read him this book. The illustrations are wonderful.
Susie White
Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury team up in Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes to detail
the plain truth that every baby across the world, despite their differences, all possess ten fingers and ten toes. The book seeks to reveal that even though babies and therefore people look different, we are all human with similar qualities. Fox and Oxenbury also show our differences as humans in relation to the environment we grew up in, but that in the end we all can have similar experiences.
With mainly a
Jordan Croom
This book tells the story of children born all over the world. It highlights their differences, but the focus of the book is the commonality that all of these children have ten little fingers and ten little toes. The book is narrated by the mom of one of these children and ends with her talking about her own child. This book is simply written and targets a very young audience. The words are accompanied by striking images that add to the words. While the words make no mention of cultural diversit ...more
Savannah Spaulding
This is a story about babies around the world and how they all have something in common. The story explains that the similarity between all babies is that they all have ten toes and ten fingers. Throughout the story as each new baby is born the other ones get older. What I thought was interesting about this book was that Helen Oxenbury she started doing children’s books for her daughter when she was a baby and as her own child grew she made books custom to that age for her daughter. You can real ...more
Sara Shelton
The book, “Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes” by Mem Fox is a wonderful children’s story that promotes the understanding and appreciation of world culture. This picture book has a very simple text, however has an impacting story that could be incorporated classroom lessons that everyone is equal. I loved how this story was visually appealing, and had a sweet rhythmic and rhyming text. The only weakness is that it could include a little more in-depth treatment of cultural issues of the chara ...more
Shauna Walters
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes is a very simple book that includes drawings of all different ethnic babies. This simple book with a rhythmic pattern is about how all babies are the same, with ten fingers and ten toes. The deeper message that is being portrayed through the repetitive word choice, is how all babies are the same, which means even though people are unique, in a way we are all the same. Everyone should be treated equally because everyone has the exact same ten fingers and ten ...more
Michelle McBeth
This book is about babies all over the world with different skin color and different living situations, but who all have one thing in common--ten little fingers and ten little toes.

The concept of this book is adorable and admirable. I would like to see more picture books with children of all different colors included. Babies should be exposed to this from the very beginning to learn that skin color means absolutely nothing. The babies in this book were so cute, they made me smile.

My only negativ
Mackenzie Cannon
This is a book about different babies, all born in different places around the world. All of the babies have one similarity though; they all have ten little fingers and ten little toes. No matter what skin color, what culture, what gender, and so on, all babies have one common trait, they have the same number of fingers and toes.

An activity that students can do in classrooms could be to think about other things that people have in common, and find two different cultures and compare and contrast
Harley Stine
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes was a great book about diversity. While never coming out and saying which culture the baby comes from, the book shows many different babies born in different places with different skin colors and dress but in the end they all have "ten little fingers and ten little toes". There is large font with very few words on each page which I think will stick out to young readers. The illustrations are very simple with babies that look almost realistic with a soft qua ...more
This book is just downright enjoyable to read. The repetitive text helps my 2 year old "read" the book with me and whenever we have this book checked out from the library it is read over and over and over again on a daily basis.
Alex Sarll
A book about what all infants, regardless of circumstances, allegedly have in common. It is noticeable that among all the various circumstances in which the subjects are born, none are from either Bhopal or East Anglia.
Jaycie Shearer
This book is an excellent incorporation of diverse cultures throughout the story. It shows the differences and similarities between people with different backgrounds. The different cultures shown side by side displayed were praised for their differences. This is a great book for many ages because it introduces the idea of equality through diversity. This book is especially good for younger children because of the topics addressed. One could view it as a counting book or a book about babies. Youn ...more
5* art - not just the most adorable babies, but beautiful landscapes as well.
3* story

Squirt puts his feet right up on the book whenever toes are mentioned.
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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 Chloë, 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 million. And in th
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