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Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins
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Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb (1969)

by Al Perkins, Eric Gurney (Illustrator)

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I enjoyed the book “Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb” by Al Perkins. I liked the fact that the author wrote the book in a simple manner, using a few simple rhyming phrases following a simple pattern of beats. The book reads like singing a song and encourages the reader to continue forward to the next page. The illustrations of monkeys banging on drums are simple and I enjoy the familiar “Dr. Seuss” style of the drawings. As the book progresses the amount of monkeys increases until it is finally millions of monkeys on the final few pages. The book does a good job of telling a simple story through the use of rhyme and even injects some mathematical concepts through the increasing numbers of the monkeys. The big idea of the book is less about story and more intended as a tool to develop reading skills including fluency and phonemic awareness. ( )
  awhite43 | Feb 17, 2014 |
-one of my favorite poems, still ( )
  mykl-s | Aug 28, 2013 |
Used for baby storytime 3/27/09 - storytime created by Tara.
  JenJ. | Mar 31, 2013 |
Summary:
This is a fun book about hands, fingers, and thumbs. This book focuses on different things a person can do with their hands. It is a very fun and quick read.

Personal Reaction:
I love Dr. Seuss books. These are great to read with young children. I felt this was a great choice because of Dr. Seuss celebrating a birthday this week and my children have had fun at school reading Dr. Seuss books by the Cat in a Hat!

Classroom Extension:
1. I could use this book to teach very young children about their hands and what uses their hands are for.
2. This would also be a great book to begin to teach children some easy words
  WendyBrown | Mar 5, 2013 |
With the help of your monkey friends, you will learn how you can drum with your hands and fingers. Explore the many different ways you can drum and hear the sound that drumming makes. The repetitions make it easy for young readers to understand the parts of the body as well as learning the sound of the drums. The writing style is a simple sentence with short, repetitive onomatopoeia. It provides a steady flow and continues to hold the reader’s attention. The illustrations show vivid colors and a range of actions portrayed by the monkeys. Every word in the book describes the illustration, forming a perfect harmony. You can almost see and hear the sound in the background.

There are so many ways a reader can interact with this board book. By reading the book and hearing the sound, it will stimulate the reader’s hearing. By looking at the illustration, it will stimulate their sight. And when parents help act out the scenes, showing the readers what to do, it can stimulate their sense of touch. With rounded edges, this board book is safe for all ages and be a great addition to the library. ( )
  jinmoon | Sep 20, 2012 |
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"It's not (just) the refrain that makes this book so great -- it's the monkeys. Illustrator Eric Gurney's drumming monkeys are a motley collection of comic beatnik simians, sporting sweater-vests, giant muttonchops, goatees, and big golden rings."
 

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Illus. in full color. A madcap band of dancing, prancing monkeys explain hands, fingers, and thumbs to beginning readers.  

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Easy-to-read rhyming text describes what can be done on a drum with hand, fingers, and thumb.

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