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Picture Book Thursday

Ten Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

Written by Mem Fox

Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Harcourt Children’s Books

Age Range 3-8 years


Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up?

Written by Bill Martin, Jr. & Michael Sampson 

Illustrated by Laura J. Bryant

Marshall Cavendish Children's Books

Age Range 3-9 years


Hey gang. Welcome to Picture Book Thursday. School is in full swing for most folks and I know many of you primary teachers are talking about colors. I have been too.

Me: Do you need a marker Johnny? It doesn’t look like you have started yet.

Johnny: No thanks. I’m a ninja mutant. We don’t color.

Me: Hmmm, some of my best friends are mutants and they love to color.

While the books I’m highlighting today don’t feature ninja mutants, they do showcase beautiful illustrations with soft colors and white backgrounds. The subtle colors actually impart a calm feeling, with the white aiding this effect. They’re also chock full of rhyming text, which is always hot with students.

So you’re probably wondering what books I’m referring to. First up is Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox. This title features smiling babies and toddlers from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. Mem Fox’s text is nicely paired with Helen Oxenbury’s illustrations. My students loved the rhymes, and kept repeating the line, “And both of these babies, as everyone knows, has ten little fingers and ten little toes.” They couldn’t help but giggle along with the babies.

Next up is Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up? by Bill Martin, Jr. & Michael Sampson. This rhyming text follows the morning antics of a kitten as he dawdles from getting dressed to eating his breakfast.  While my students enjoyed hearing the rhymes in this book, they were intrigued by seeing a kitten in purple, and they fell in love with trying to find the mouse as he appeared throughout the book.  It was a definite hit with the kids.

So there you have it. Picture Book Thursday is drawing to a close but tune in tomorrow for the Kid Lit Round Up. And feel free to send me a comment; I’d love to hear about what you’re reading.

Oh, and for those of you wondering, my ninja mutant friend Johnny did a beautiful drawing.


For Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up?, make a class list of things students do to prepare for their day when they wake up. Use the list as the basis for a class book, with children illustrating the items on the list complete with kitten and mouse.

For Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, create a bulletin board display with baby pictures of your students. Post a photocopied cover of the book so that parents will know what title inspired the display.


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