For our second night of the Great Reading Streak – yes, now it’s all capitalized – Max and I settled down to read “Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes” by Mem Fox, with illustration by Helen Oxenbury. Max was immediately taken with the hardcover that actually felt squishy soft. He kept trying to shut the book so he could squeeze the front and back, which feature Oxenbury’s cute little baby characters.Besides the appeal of the covers, Max took the subject of the story into his own hands – literally. The little guy loves to play with his own toes, so he played along with the little ones in the board book. We counted his toes along with the fingers and toes in the book, and he let me play little piggies, even though I swear he rolled his eyes at me as I was doing it.
Fox introduces the reader to babies from all over the world, those born in Asia, and those in Antarctica; those in the city, and those on a hillside; those with penguins, and those with chickens. The diversity provided in the book is a wonderful lesson for little ones, to let them know that even if they are a part of a nuclear family with parents of the same faith and culture, there are other ways of doing things that are just as ‘right’ as what our families do.
Our favorite part of the book – I’m going to speak for both of us here and judge by the volume of his giggles – is the interactive ending.
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 fingers, ten little toes, and three little kisses on the tip of its nose.
Maxman loves when Mommy cuddles him close and gives him lots of kisses! FYI, I don’t stick with three to his nose because his ears and eyes and cheeks are just so cute!
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes deserves 4 snacks: