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Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

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As everyone knows, nothing is sweeter than tiny baby fingers and chubby baby toes. . . . And here, from two of the most gifted picture-book creators of our time, is a celebration of baby fingers, baby toes, and the joy they—and the babies they belong to—bring to everyone, everywhere, all over the world!

This is a gorgeously simple picture book for very young children, and
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 2008)
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Bionic Jean
How old does a child have to be before it will enjoy being read to? Do you have to just “tell” a story to a tiny child? Or will they be able to appreciate books on paper at a very early age?

If you are looking for the very first book to read to a baby, Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes is just about perfect. Written in 2008 by Mem Fox, it features all sort of babies, from all around the world, but what they all have in common is ten tiny fingers and ten tiny toes. Each baby in this book may
Dec 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
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.
David Freudenburg
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rhyming picture book with repetition that allows for children participation.
Monica Edinger
Dec 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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
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Matthew Meade
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is my jam
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Helen Oxbury’s illustrations lull me into a sense of instant happiness! This is a lovely rhyming and counting book for EYFS with repetitions to encourage word recognition. Some of the language would need higher level contextual understanding in order to understand the rhymes if alone, but the images provide accessible cues and suggestions for the rhyming patterns. The illustrations also celebrate diversity, highlighting that we are all the same. A soothing, rhyming, repetitious read!
Cathie Stumpenhaus
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Delightful! Read it to my tiny grandson and will continue with to do so until he can read it himself.
Mar 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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
Jinya Situ
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I like this book because when we read this book to young child , we can teach them to count their fingers and toes. This book is teach how many fingers and toes do everyone has,even though people have different skin color and live in different place ,but we all have same body part ,at the end of the story teach young child how to show their love to their mother and give their mother kiss everyday because in the world we only have one mother ,we have to love our mother. I think young children wil ...more
Elle Harris
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Lizzy Herda
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes is the perfect book to show your students the concept of acceptance and ethnicity. It is a book that shows many ethnicities have different skin tones and some features may be different, but overall we are all equal.
The narration in this book is very basic and straight forward for readers to comprehend the main point of the book. By having this easy narration, it makes it understandable for young readers to relate to other ethnicities yet still go back to
Braeden Neal
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it
There is no significant story line for this book. The book consists of several different babies who are born at the same time, but in different locations. The book has a rhythmic pattern throughout; the author states where two babies are from, but reminds the reader, both of these babies, as everyone knows, has ten little fingers and ten little toes. This pattern continues throughout the book until the book is finished. One of the aspects of this book that makes it successful is the message that ...more
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
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.
Sep 13, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Santana Martensen
The adorable counting book called Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes shows the love of little baby finger and toes by the realistically simply illustrations that make you want to pinch the cheeks of the babies on the pages in front of you. This book not only allows the reader to get caught up in the rhythmic melody of the words from page to page, but it allows the reader to see many different looking babies all sharing the same traits of having ten fingers and ten toes no matter their outwar ...more
Relying on abundant white space to surround the images of various diverse little ones, this picture book shows readers just how much alike we all are and how much we have in common, even down to those adorable diminutive fingers and toes babies have. The use of repetitive language makes the story feel as though it's both a lullaby and a praise song, and readers will be quickly drawn into the lines. While there is no plot since there really doesn't need to be one in this case, the book can be reg ...more
Sabrina Osman
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes is a fiction children’s picture book that starts out with two new baby boys that are born one day apart from each other. Each baby may look or speak a different language, but they all have the same features. For example, both baby boys in the beginning of the story have ten little fingers and ten little toes. Throughout the story, we learn about more babies being born in the world with ten little fingers and ten little toes. The illustrations by Helen Oxenb ...more
Amie Williams
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury

Copyright Date: 2010

Number of Pages: 38

Book Format: Hardcover

Grade or Reading Level: Preschool and up

Genre: Picturebook

Lit Requirement: Interactive Book

Summary & Review/Response:
All babies can look different, but one thing they all have in common is ten little fingers and ten little toes. In this book, several babies are born across the world that are all unique in their own way. However, the reader is reminded that each of them still have ten little fingers and te
Rachel Doran
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I absolutely adored this book. It was beautifully made, and perfect to show children that we all have different backgrounds. The book shows two babies and how they are born in different parts of the world, it then says that we all have ten fingers and ten toes. The book uses rhyme and rhythm to engage readers and I would consider this to be a predictable book. The only thing I might have changed in this book is to have more details about the places around the world. It just states that a baby is ...more
Tess Upchurch
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This short picture book highlights babies from all over the world. Periodically, after the introduction of each two babies, the author explains that all of these children are similar because they all have “ten little fingers and ten little toes.” This adorably simple book uses rhyme to move the story along and keep the reader engaged. The rhythm used throughout make it a perfect book for young readers as they can begin predicting the text and read along.

I really enjoyed the repetition and rhyme
Sarah Garcia
“Ten Fingers and Ten Toes” illustrates how much humans have in common by showing ten fingers and ten toes. The use of repetitive language in the book makes it seem like a lullaby for children and any reader can be drawn to it. There is not plot in the book but the book doesn’t need one. I loved seeing children around the world displayed because it celebrates just existing. I found this book to be perfect for younger ages to show diversity in children. I did enjoy the book but I didn’t like how m ...more
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We love this books. It embraces diversity by teaching kids we are all the same with a simple easy to understand (somewhat melodic) message.

I'm surprised there are so many haters. This book is for babies, not adults. (1) Penguins hanging out with babies will not confuse your infant, if it is really a big deal to you, tell your kid she's at the zoo. (2) For the haters that are angry about kids who don't have 10 fingers and 10 toes, buy your kid a book about being different - that's not what this
Emily Carter-Dunn
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A lovely book for any young child. My daughter loved the repetition of "ten little fingers and ten little toes" as I wiggled them every time that part came up.

The message of the story is good as well as it is about everyone being equal no matter where they are from and what sort of life they were born into. I know some say that it is discriminatory towards those who do not have 10 fingers or 10 toes, but that's being too PC. The kids reading this book are very small and have plenty of time to be
Emily Paratore
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was very cute! Each baby that is illustrated in this book is from a different culture or background, and was raised in different circumstances, but they all shared something in common; each baby had ten little fingers and ten little toes. Fox did a great job spreading a powerful message in such a simplistic way. She wrote on the surface level of diverse background all being equal, in a kid friendly way. The message of this book is great and would be a good addition into a classroom lib ...more
Zane Sproge
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I have received this book just a few says ago, but I already love it! This is deffinetely one of the best books for the littlest! It stuck to me one evening and all I could do was repeating to myself- as everyone knows -ten little fingers and ten little toes! That moment my husband reminded me that the very first thing my doctor said when receiving my baby, before I could see her- she has ten fingers and ten toes! Such a cool memory I had lost before my hubby reminded.
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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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