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TEN TINY TOES by Caroline Jayne Church


by Caroline Jayne Church ; illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church

Pub Date: Jan. 7th, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-545-53601-1
Publisher: Cartwheel/Scholastic

A playful exploration of the body for the littlest learners.

This deceptively simple offering engages toddlers by asking them to participate in the fun by identifying various parts of their bodies and moving them about: “Touch your ears, make them wiggle. / Touch your belly, laugh and giggle. // Touch your mouth, open wide. / Touch your arms, wave side to side.” Periodically, the action is interrupted by a catalog of body parts in the form of a catchy refrain: “Mouth, ears, eyes, nose, // arms, belly, legs, / and ten tiny toes!” The brief, lyrical text, the opportunities for interactivity and the focus on a subject dear to toddlers’ hearts—themselves and all their glorious parts—make this a candidate for repeat readings. The illustrations feature a happy, shaggy-haired Caucasian toddler and his little teddy bear. The backgrounds are kept simple, focusing readers’ attention on the little one as he explores his body as the text directs. In a sweet conclusion, the toddler embraces his teddy, no body part to highlight here—only “a love that grows and grows.”

Great fun for one-on-one sharing and a perfect toddler storytime selection.

(Board book. 3 mos.-3)