Illus. in full color. A madcap band of dancing, prancing monkeys explain hands, fingers, and thumbs to beginning readers.
Very young children will appreciate 'HAND HAND FINGERS THUMB' on the most basic finger-playing, hand-clapping level. This comic, rhythmic book gets 'drummed' and memorised first and read later. A book to last from babyhood to early school.
Bright and Early books help even the youngest child get ready to read.
Simple stories and basic concepts are humorously presented in rhythm and rhyme. Pictures that fully explain the text help even babies make the important connection between word and meaning.
It's never too early to find out that 'Learning to read is fun'.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
To help other parents apply this advice, as a parent of four I consulted an expert, our youngest child, and asked her to share with me her favorite books that were read to her as a young child. Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb was one of her picks.
What is most unusual about this early reader is that it adds a beat to make the material more memorable and fun. The story has monkeys using their hands to beat on various drums. All children will find themselves pounding on something to match the rhythm of the rhyme. "Rings on fingers. Rings on thumb. Drum drum, Drum drum, Drum drum drum." (By the way, for parents old enough to remember Ringo Starr, this does seem to be a satire on Ringo here.) That use of drumming adds a useful kinesthetic clue that will ingrain the material faster. Children start to learn to read by memorizing, and this book is unusually well designed to assist in that process.
But the main thing is that it is fun to read this book. You would have a smile on you face if you read it alone. The smile will broaden when you read with your child, in response to her or his pleasure in the book. That's a great gift for you, as well!
There are lots of jokes about musicians in here that you should enjoy. One of the beats is a play on the word "ditty" for a song. "Dum ditty, Dum ditty, Dum dum dum." Naturally, you can also read this as: Dumb song, Dumb song, Dumb dumb dumb.Read more ›
The book name should be changed to "Dum-ditty-Dum" as this was what my "wee one" asked for all of the time.
The artwork is very colourful as one would expect, with just the right amount of writing on each page to keep a toddler satisfied. As you read the book it does take on a life of it's own. Very simple, but very clever. However, I would recommend that no actual drums are nearby, or you could find yourself reaching for the headache tablets very quickly.
AN EXCELLENT BOOK FOR ANY TIME OF THE DAY OR NIGHT