My Purple Toes Children’s Book Review and Giveaway

My Purple Toes is a creative children’s board book written for children under eight-years-old that tells a story about a father’s experience navigating life with purple painted toenails. From mom to the kids to their dog, everyone reacts differently to dad’s purple toes showing their surprise, embarrassment, and even laughter.

Throughout the book, children can look for dad’s toes in various environments and also find a friendly frog with purple toes that hides on each page. In addition to entertaining, “My Purple Toes” teaches a simple, yet relevant lesson about the importance of acceptance, enjoying life and being different.

“My Purple Toes” features cheerful, imaginative illustrations by artist Tate Nation on its board-style book, offering durability ideal for young children. “My Purple Toes” can be purchased online for $10.99. (above text taken from website)


I read this book to my two year old, Jacob. Though I’m pretty sure he did not “get” the lesson of the story he still enjoyed listening to mommy read it. We pointed out the toes on each page and then I’d ask “where are Jacob’s toes?” and “where are mommy’s toes?” He is at the age where he loves identifying body parts so he really enjoyed doing that.

As a mom I loved the lessons that the book taught which are being accepting of everyone, enjoying life to it’s fullest, and letting children know that it’s ok to be different and unique. I think those are really important lessons to teach children at a young age.

I was also happy to see that a portion of the proceeds from each book supports a charity called Soles4Souls, which collects and distributes shoes at no cost to people in need.


One person will win this review copy of My Purple Toes

How to enter:

Leave a comment below telling me one “life lesson” that you think should be taught at a young age.

Giveaway ends on September 27, 2010 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: This post was written for Family Review Network & My Purple Toes who provided the complimentary product in exchange for my honest review.”


  1. Donna Warrington says

    I believe that the act of sharing should be taught at a very young age….there are eight little girls in my family, all under the age of 5, sharing is very important in our family

  2. I think kids should learn that things are not going to be handed to them. They need to participate and help others too.

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  3. The life lesson I still believe in is…do unto others as you would have them do unto you!

  4. Kirsten Thompson says

    One life lesson I think children should learn while young is that life is not fair, sometimes you do lose, and when you do to do it graciously and be happy for the winner.

  5. I think that children should be taught to know when to stand your ground and when to give up. There are times when being stubborn is good and times when compromise or backing down is needed. It is a tricky thing that even adults get wrong.

  6. I think sharing is a huge life lesson all kids should learn.

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  7. Believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see.
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  8. I think there is no better value and life lesson than ‘being kind to others helps you in the long run’. It’s a life lesson that will follow them till the end.

  9. To always say thank you when given a gift (even if you hate it or already have it).

  10. Eliza Klinger says

    I think a life lesson that should be taught at a young age is honesty at all times. Dishonesty is hurting our society, and ruins a persons character!

  11. The life lesson I think that should be taught from a young age is to love selflessly and without reserve. And that God always has enough grace to cover our lack of perfection.

  12. I’m going to have to say sharing. My son is a great sharer but whenever he’s playing with other kids, esp strangers they just whip the toy away from him

  13. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you – Parents should be the role model too!

  14. That kids will say mean things but that in no way means that they are true. And to always treat others as you would like to be treated in return.

  15. I think children should be grateful for what they have & not always want, want, want…since others are less fortunate.

  16. Children should always be taught to be polite. Yes please, no thank you – where has it all gone?

  17. I believe in teaching your children manners and how to behave at other peoples house. theres a time to be respectful and a time to let it all out and just be a kid.

  18. I believe that manners and sharing should be taught at a young age!

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  19. I think that kids should learn that they should treat others with kindness even if others are not kind (to a certain extent).

  20. Sharing is an important “life lesson” kids should learn when they are young

  21. Faith in God and what being part of a family really means

  22. April Michael says

    The best life lesson is to always treat others as you would want to be treated.