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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Counting Basics: Ten Tiny Toes by Caroline Jayne Church


MOUTH, EARS,

EYES, NOSE,

ARMS, BELLY, LEGS,

AND TEN TINY TOES.

It's a top-down tale, from a tousled, tow-headed tot's head, his ticklish belly, and those made-for- counting toes at the bottom, in Caroline Jayne Church's best-selling board book, Ten Tiny Toes (Scholastic Cartwheel Books, 2014).

Church rhymes the names of the body parts as she goes--nose and toes, of course, but also ears that wiggle and a belly laugh that giggles.  There is plenty of movement in the mix, touching toes down low and standing straight with hands over head as up they go.  There's a sneeze from that little round nose, and at the end, a full body hug for his ever-present Teddy.

Church's illustrations, bounded by smoothly curved black line and filled in with warm palette, emphasizing the lines of the toddler's rounded face, tummy, and ten little piggy toes, make this toddler board book a jolly exercise in story sharing for parent and child. A comfortably-sized board book, with rounded edges and semi-soft cover for easy handling, Ten Tiny Toes is a must-have for little learners. And now that tots know the body parts, put some clothes on by pairing this one with Church's equally adorable Let's Get Dressed!

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