Today I’m going to be sharing with you a favorite book in our house, Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins and illustrated by Eric Gurney. It’s an oldie, but we love it so much, and I realized that it could count in not one, but two readers challenges I am participating in this year! (Anything that takes you to Amazon in this post is an affiliate link.)
I am going to link this up with my 2014 Readers Challenge to meet the challenge for February, to “reread a favorite book from a time gone by and share it with someone you love who is in that phase of life.” This was my second daughter Middlenificent’s absolute favorite book to read between the ages of nine months and three years old. She loved the rhythm and would ask for it again and again. My third daughter enjoyed it too, but not to the same extent as Middlenificent.
This month, we gave it to our little guy. And he loves it. Really loves it! He just turned one on Valentine’s Day, and when he sees this book, he starts patting on anything he can find – the book, his leg, my head – truly anything! He grins and moves his whole body in rhythm every time this book repeats its catchy “Dum ditty, Dum ditty, Dum dum dum.” We’ve been reading it roughly three times a day since all month!
The illustrations are fun and whimsical in this book, but it’s the rhythm and the repetition that we love, oh so much! I’m sure it’s great for learning to read because of its repetition and limited word choice, but, for us, it’s really all about the rhythm. You could probably use it to teach about millions or monkeys or onomatopoeia or a myriad of other topics, but sometimes, I think you just need to enjoy a book without thinking too hard. And that’s what we do with this one. We just love it, and we love it over and over and over again!
The second challenge I’ll be linking this up with is Bruce’s Small Fry Safari Readers Challenge. This book will be my submission for the category of a book with something that comes in pairs in the title. Hands should count for that, right?!
We didn’t actually realize until tonight when I was looking for this book on Amazon for the links that there is a longer version than the one we have and love. We have the board book, which is less than $4. We’re all excited to see if we can find the longer version and see if we love it as much, but I wholeheartedly recommend this board book to you as an absolutely perfect present for any little ones in your life.
The board book stands up to the many rereads this book gets, and for both my second and third children, this was one of the first books they could “read” and so it has been carried around and slept with, and just well-loved all around. I don’t know that the larger paper-paged book would have withstood all the love, so I’m happy we have the board book version.
Either way, at under $4 for a brand-new copy, this is an excellent addition to any baby, toddler, or preschooler’s library. And even older kids, moms, dads, and grandparents will enjoy the catchy rhythm if our family is any indication. My nine-year old still sidles up to the side of the chair whenever I read this one, although she usually only stays for one or two go-rounds!
How about you? Do you have any favorite books with a good catchy rhythm? Some of our other favorites are Pete the Cat, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and we would love to hear about some new ones!
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