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Ten Apples Up on Top! (Bright & Early Board Books(TM)) Board book – September 8, 1998
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Most simple books try to teach only counting or reading. I found it to be a great idea to combine the two. It makes the task both easier and more interesting for your child.
By using only 75 words, there is much repetition to help your youngster identify words that she or he will reuse throughout life. Here is an example:
"One apple up on top!
Two apples up on top!"
The illustrations nicely cue the young person to the words and the numbers involved. With these words I have quoted, you see the lion with the requisite number of apples balanced on top of the head.
The illustrations are also very active, and help draw interest to the story. Mr. Roy McKie's colorful, dynamic illustrations bring the story to life. Otherwise, how interesting can a counting book be?
Most children will have no trouble memorizing this story. Then, they can "read" along as you read aloud. Later, you can stop for certain words that they know how to identify, and they can read that word as part of the sentence you are reading aloud. You can also encourage them to count the number of apples aloud on each creature's head.
You can extend the value of this book by adding some pages of your own that involve numbers beyond ten. Your child will enjoy helping your with the illustrations for those pages. With the simple text structure, you cannot help but match what Dr.Read more ›
This is a good book both for early readers, and for young children learning to talk. Very simple, rhyming vocabulary, of the sort with intuitive spellings (so much of English orthography is a mess...!)
Please note that I do not recommend the board book version at all. They cut out the entire second half of the book, as well as good parts of the first half. In addition, the board book is poorly constructed. Just wait and get the real version instead.
It all starts out pretty straightforward. Stacking apples on heads, I mean, who hasn't had an apple stacking competition, right? I know that I personally can stack no less than twenty apples up on top. Nothing goes with a little apple stacking like breaking and entering. And we all know that the reaction any sane creature would have to a pack of wild animals in their kitchen attempting to stack (stolen) apples on their heads would be to grab the nearest mop and slap the apples off. In fact, the whole town knows this, which is why the crew gets chased out of town. No need to call the police or press charges though, we just crashed into an apple cart which in the illustration shows a number of smashed apples, but the aftermath is somehow just everyone with apples balancing on top of our heads. The truth is much more gruesome - several died that day in that terrible apple cart accident, and they should not be forgotten.
Seriously, though, the writing isn't that great. It is trying too hard to not be nonsense and it just makes it stupid. Some of the rhyming seems like the good doctor was just feeling a bit lazy when he wrote it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has such a strong chemical smell (not ink) that we put it away and I tried to air it out. Still smells after putting it outside in the garage open for a few weeks. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Rachel G.
My first graders and I love this book. It is great for the first week of school to review counting and numbers up to 10. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Linda
A fun book, not our sons favorite but he does choose to have it read sometimes.Published 1 month ago by Benjamin K.