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Book Review – Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb

That’s right folks another Bright and Early Board Book selection and with good reason. Al Perkins 1969 get stuck in your head masterpiece Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb has become required reading in our house. The words are hypnotic and make you fall into a kind of trance, which isn’t as scary as it sounds. The words also make you feel like you have to read them faster and faster, but right when you are about to burst it ends and everything is okay again. I know what you are thinking, I’m not describing it well, so here are the words/lyrics for you to judge for yourself or if it is just me that is crazy.

One thumb One thumb Drumming on a drum. One hand Two hands Drumming on a drum. Dum ditty Dum ditty Dum dum dum. Rings on fingers. Rings on thumb. Drum drum Drum drum Drum drum drum. Monkeys drum…and monkeys hum. Hum drum Hum drum Hum drum hum. Hand picks an apple. Hand picks a plum. Dum ditty Dum ditty Dum dum dum. Hands play banjos Strum strum strum. Hands play fiddles Zum zum zum. Dum ditty Dum ditty Dum dum dum, Hand in hand More monkeys come. Many more fingers. Many more thumb. Many more monkeys. Many more drums. Millions of fingers! Millions of thumbs! Millions of monkeys Drumming on drums! Dum ditty Dum ditty Dum dum dum.

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