Books by Fred Willingham

LITTLE MAN by Dionne Warwick
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Break this one out at storytime, and don't forget the musical instruments. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A somewhat didactic, yet inspirational tale full of love and music. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2003

In this sequel to Busy Toes (1998), Bowie (a pseudonym for a trio of women) extols the handiness of opposable thumbs and fingers. In rhyming text this enthusiastic read highlights 21 samplings of what hands and fingers can accomplish—such as "Itsy-bitsy spider" and a shadow play. Also celebrated is the usefulness of these ten feelers as they help us to count or allow us to interact with the world through the simple motion of petting a dog. Willingham's multi-racial chalk illustrations superbly capture the subtlety of the children's facial expressions and the dexterity of their pudgy digits. A single picture book could not possibly enumerate the abundant ways fingers make our lives extraordinary, but this work does beg more. The reader might welcome additional finger rhymes or sign language examples. It's fertile ground, though, for preschoolers and families to think up their own finger fun. (Picture book. 1-4)Read full book review >