Ten Tiny Toes

illus. by Marc Brown. 32p. CIP. Little, Brown. Sept. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-316-12921-3; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-316-23045-2. LC 2011042799.
PreS—Baby toes are irresistible, and Tarpley and Brown honor them with finesse. Cut-paper and gouache collages chronicle the tootsies from diaper days and first steps to skipping and jumping. Creative vignettes, like adult fingers creating a heart shape that nestles baby's toes in the middle, showcase Brown's never-ending talent. His pigtailed baby in sunglasses, another feeding peas to the dog, even the belly button self-examiner keep the art playful. Tarpley's rhymes add to the bliss with yummy lines like, "Toes that were little/and tender and tasty,/toes more delicious than cinnamon pastry." The book ends in the future, when the baby has a child, shifting its audience but remaining sweet. "…nothing on earth/you could ever suppose/can ever be loved/quite like ten tiny toes."—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
"Into the world / came ten tiny toes, / a hundred times sweeter / than one could suppose." A simple rhymed story celebrates the irresistibility of infants' toes. Patterned cut-paper, gouache, and colored-pencil illustrations warmly convey babies' development from infancy to first steps and beyond; the round faces of the babies reflect diverse families.

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