Singsong verse and cuddly illustrations of round-faced toddlers characterize this picture book.
Less a story than an album of pictures of a diverse array of barefoot toddlers, the simple text invites readers to look at young children in slice-of-life moments. The human diversity arises in depicted skin tone and hair texture, though the title and the text as a whole reiterate other books’ and rhymes’ universalization of bodies with “ten little toes on two small feet.” The children play, sleep, and count their 10 toes, and on four pages adult caregivers make an appearance. Whereas previous spreads showed the toddlers alone or with these adults, the final one depicts three children, two white and one with brown skin and dark, textured hair, going off together: “Ten little toes are off again!” A cleverer closing might’ve counted all 30 toes in this spread, but this isn’t a book bent on being clever so much as being sweet.
Ten and two don’t add up to much new. (Picture book. 1-3)