New Board Books

Cover of "Ten Little Fingers and Ten Litt...

Cover of Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

Here are a couple of books for the very young first published within the last decade (which might make them easier to find than some of the others). (My mother sent us both of them.)

35. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury

I think this one may have the potential to become another classic. It has beautifully drawn and coloured (in water paints) pictures with a gently rhythmic and repetitive text. We are shown eight very young children from what look like very different backgrounds around the world, where their differences are acknowledged and appreciated, but their inherent similarity (as exemplified by each having “ten little fingers and ten little toes”) and potential friendship is emphasised in the pictures. The book’s last few pages end with pointing out that the beloved baby being read the book also has ten little fingers etc. This is probably my favourite so far.

Cover of Fred's Fire Engine

Cover of Fred's Fire Engine

37. Fred’s Fire Engine by Sally Hobson

This one is simply fun. There’s a very simple story (of a firefighter going to put out a farm fire) with the opportunity on each page (sometimes more than once) to press the button and/or otherwise make fire engine noises. I can see this being very popular at certain stages with a young child, and also us declaring it thus not suitable for Shabbat when/if we get tired of the noise. (If DD liked it that much she’d get it back on the Sunday, of course!) The pictures are bright and cheerful.


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4 Responses to “New Board Books”

  1. hakea Says:

    I read Ten Little Fingers, Ten Little Toes at playgroup. The children enjoyed putting their hand to the picture of the hand at the end of the story. It was really nice.

    Good to see you back.

  2. Karyn @ kloppenmum Says:

    I like the sound of the Mem Fox book, too. Must look at getting it for the Butterfly’s second birthday. Thanks for the recommendation. 🙂

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