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Up to Ten and Down Again Paperback – August 24, 1995

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PreSchool-K When a lone duck paddling across the clear blue water of a pond observes two cars filled with three dogs, four boys and five girls who have come for a picnic, he quickly swims to the lower corner of the picture and crawls into the border. From this vantage point, he watches as the children play with balls, sail toy boats and, with two adults, eat a picnic lunch. When the wind blows billowy clouds and rain into the picture, causing the people to pack up and leave, the duck returns safely to his pond, where he is joined by nine of his friends. This is a counting book extraordinaire. At the bottom of each page a large numeral is shown in a box along with the name of the object featured in the illustration. The objects (cars, balls, boats, etc.) also appear in boxes at the top or bottom of the page. Thus, each illustration offers two chances to count the objects, as well as the opportunity to match each boxed object with its counterpart in the picture. Single- and double-page illustrations of charming animals and children done in bright pastels are outlined and detailed in red ink. The book has the semblance of a photo album, for each illustration appears to be attached with corners to its gray-green border. The result is an imaginative wordless story book that will delight children young and old as it reinforces counting skills. Susan Scheps, Bertram Woods Library, Shaker Heights, Ohio
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Growing up in the Midwest, Lisa Campbell Ernst enjoyed traveling with her family to the Gulf Coast and other popular vacation spots. Today she continues to appreciate the summer sand and sea when she takes her own family to the shore. Lisa Campbell Ernst has written and illustrated over twenty picture books, including Stella Louella's Runaway Book, which won the Children's Choice Award in Kansas, and the ever-popular Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Kansas City, Missouri.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (August 24, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688143911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688143916
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9.4 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,159,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although this is an engaging counting book, it appears that Ms. Ernst did not use the technique she employed in her great "Walter's Tail." In that book, she gets very luminous illustrations by building layers of pastels, and drawing over them with ink and pencil. Still, The illustrations here show action, have nice crosshatched shadings, and are easy to follow, but they pale (literally and figuratively) in comparison to MS. Ernst's splendid work in 'Walter.'

Ernst has written an interesting and creative counting book, however. There's a plot--a picnic--that drives the number-linked events. One lone duck, for example, watches and eventually swims outside the borders of the illustrations!) as 2 cars, 3 dogs, 4 boys, 5 girls, 6 balls, etc. arrive at the park. In a clever twist, the duck steps ourside the borders of Ernst's pictures and looks in on the action just as the reader does. ALong with the main scene, there are small squares containing something referred to in the 2-page spreads, and these small focused sub-pictures facilitate counting. For example, when 7 boats arrive on the scene, your young counter will see them in the river, but will also see 7 much smaller pictures--one for each boat--at the top of the spread. ERnst put a lot of thought into the book's design.

The phrase "10 clouds" is repeated, and the picnic-goers look at what seems like a gathering storm. In fact, 9 hats are blown off of 9 heads! They begin packing up the picnic party objects in reverse order of their arrival, as rain begins to come down. It's a great lesson in counting forwards and backwards to ten, all within a completely plausible narrative. After they leave, our 1 duck jumps back intothe pond; after all, water rolls off this bird like...well, water off a duck's back!
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The text is written of a pattern of numbers followed by plural nouns. This makes it easy for students of English as a second language to understand.
If you are teaching Asian students, who usually have trouble with the plural form, you might like this book.
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