This was a board book, not hard cover book. I was happy about that since I wanted a board book anyway. It is the cutest story and I've already read it to my daughter many times.
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15.50 x 18.00 x 0.15 Inches
This was one of the most simplistic books I could find in the library, but it was surprisingly full of substance. One thing I liked about it was that it had such a deep message for such a short book. It did a spectacular job of teaching acceptance and diversity in a way that very young children could understand. The big idea of the book was that even though everyone is different, we are all human. The book told of several babies who were all born on the same day, but all in different countries and circumstances. The book described these circumstances, and then went on to say that despite this, all the babies had ten fingers and ten toes: "There was one little baby who was born on the ice, and another in a tent, who was just as nice. And both of these babies, as everyone knows, had 10 little fingers and 10 little toes." The simplistic illustrations did a great job of highlighting the important points of the story, as well. For example, one of the pages highlighted a baby "wrapped in an eiderdown." The illustration on that page consisted of only a baby wrapped in a blanket. This way, children are able to figure out what the word means by looking at the picture. Overall, the book did a great job of weaving an important message into a fun, enjoyable story.
Summary: This is a story that talks about children all being the same all over the world. It explains that one baby is born here or there one baby is born like this or like that but all babies are born with ten fingers and ten toes. Personal Experience: I have a connection to this book because my sons friend is a different race than he is. The neighbor boy has practically been raised in my house. He is there all the time. I had to explain to my son that there is not a difference between us because of our skin. Classroom Extension: 1. I would get several different magazines and let the students cut out several different ethnic groups of people and glue them on constrution paper showing we are all the same except our skin. 2. I would talk to the students about how dogs look different but are all dogs and the same for snakes, cats, birds and so forth
I think this is the most ADORABLE book! I love everything about it. I would read this to any child that was about to become an older sibling to a new baby. I love that each picture depicts a different nationality. I love the repetition of the essential things - that each baby has ten fingers and ten toes. The big message here is to show children that even though we all look different and come from different backgrounds, we are all essentially the same. We all have things in common no matter where we come from. I give this book five stars!
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