Mem Fox: Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

Mem Fox books Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, cover artMem Fox books Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, cover art
Title: Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little ToesMem Fox books Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
Author: Mem Fox, (illustrations: Helen Oxenbury)
Genre: Baby Board Books
Age Category: Infant to 5 years

Baby’s toes are one of nature’s wonderful features.  When I catch a glimpse of them I can’t help but marvel a bit.  The toe pads are almost perfectly circular.  And the skin is so fresh and pure-looking.  As parents know, they are also great for tickling and nibbling on…okay, okay, I’ll stop now.  Suffice it to say, for all you fellow baby-toe-lovers out there, this Mem Fox book is a gem that’s sure to make you and your baby smile.  It was first published in 2008, but has recently been released in a baby board book edition.

Mem Fox Book: Summary

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little ToesMem Fox books Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury opens with the following lines:

“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.” Continue reading

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Pippo Gets Lost, by Helen Oxenbury

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Title: Pippo Gets Lostpippo gets lost by helen oxenbury
Author: Helen Oxenbury
Genre: Best Baby Board Books
Age Category: Infant to 2 years

In my view, Helen Oxenbury’s old-school baby board books set the gold standard for children’s books in the infant-to-2-years age category.  Here I review a board book from her delightful series about Tom and Pippo.  For my review of Oxenbury’s equally delightful baby board book Clap Hands, click here.

Best Baby Board Books: Summary

Tom is a toddler with a favorite toy monkey named Pippo.  On the first page of the board book—the page with the publication details, before the story begins—there is a picture of Pippo wedged between two books on a bookcase.  As the title suggests, Pippo is lost, and this first illustration shows us where he is hiding.

When Tom discovers that Pippo is lost, he begins looking for him.  The board book’s opening line, “Sometimes Pippo gets lost…,” suggests that Pippo has been lost before (does this bring to mind any toddlers you know?). Continue reading

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle

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Title: The Very Hungry CaterpillarThe Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Author: Eric Carle
Genre: Baby Board Books
Age Category: Infant to 2 years

The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Summary

Eric Carle’s classic baby board book, The Very Hungry CaterpillarThe Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, begins with a small white egg resting on a leaf by moonlight.  When the sun comes up the next morning—on Sunday—the little egg hatches and a tiny, very hungry caterpillar pops out.

The caterpillar goes searching for food over the course of the week.  It finds and eats holes through several kinds of fruit, food that you might expect a caterpillar to like.  For example, on Monday he eats through an apple, on Tuesday two pears, on Wednesday three plums, and so on.  However, after eating five oranges on Friday he is still hungry (he is a very hungry caterpillar!), so on Saturday Continue reading

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Grandfather Twilight, by Barbara Berger

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Title: Grandfather Twilightgrandfather twilight, by barbara berger
Author: Barbara Berger
Age Category: Infant to 2 years
Genre: Baby Board Books

Grandfather Twilight, by Barbara Berger: Summary

The central character of Barbara Berger’s baby board book Grandfather Twilightgrandfather twilight, by barbara berger is, logically enough, an old man with white hair and beard named Grandfather Twilight.  He lives in a beautiful deciduous forest and spends his days reading in a comfortable armchair, accompanied by his dog, his cat, and a bird.

The story of this board book traces Grandfather Twilight’s evening routine.  He takes a pearl from an endless strand he keeps in a wooden chest and goes for a walk with his dog.  As he walks, the pearl grows, the sounds of the forest hush, and the colors of a beautiful twilight sky fan out behind him like a misty ethereal wake.  At this point the illustrations alone tell the story for a time, unaided by text. Continue reading

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