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Eyes, Nose, Fingers, and Toes: A First Book All about You

by Judy Hindley
Illustrated by Brita Granström

Published by Candlewick Press, 1999
32 pages
ISBN: 0-7636-0440-2

Ages 9 months-3 years

"Hands are to hold and pat / and clap! / Hands are to hide behind your back." Using the childlike syntax of Ruth Krauss' classic A Hole Is to Dig (Harper, 1952), Judy Hindley's second-person narrative encourages young children to explore -- and celebrate -- their bodies. Beginning with the features of the face and moving down to the feet, the spirited rhyming text suggests physical activities that most young children can either do or aspire to, such as opening the mouth, moving arms up and down, counting fingers and toes, and stomping feet. The seven toddlers and one baby that interact with each other and the reader throughout the story are of diverse racial backgrounds and appear to be in a day care setting. Their large heads, round bodies and scaled-down features echo the style of illustrator Helen Oxenbury and, like Oxenbury, illustrator Brita Granström manages to capture the playful exuberance of young children with just a few deft lines. The combination of Hindley's perfectly paced text and Granström's appealing illustration make this a great selection for toddler story hours, as well as for reading one-on-one with babies and toddlers. CCBC categories: Picture Books for Younger Children. (KTH; July 19)  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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