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Feast for 10 Paperback – February 1, 1995

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From Publishers Weekly

A family's dinner preparations, from supermarket to table, are the foundation of what PW dubbed a "cozy counting book." Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreSchool-K-- In this rhyming counting book, an African-American mother and her children shop for and prepare a festive family dinner. At the supermarket, the count begins with one grocery cart and ends with ten hands helping to load the car. Back at home, the father joins in the preparations and the numbers build a second time to "ten hungry folks" seated around a table ready to share a tasty meal of fried chicken and greens. The successful rhyme scheme builds a natural rhythm that helps the simple text read smoothly. Collage illustrations combine colored paper, patterned fabrics, and felt in a clear, uncluttered design. Muted colors and simple shapes are set off by a stark white background. Most of the figures, especially the baby girl with her rounded limbs and bouncing braids, are animated and expressive. At times, however, facial features seem slightly stilted and relentlessly cheerful. Still, this is an appealing glance at a typical extended family. --Joy Fleishhacker, New York Public Library
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (February 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395720818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395720813
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.1 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Cathryn Falwell is an illustrator and author of more more than 25 picture books for children. Born and raised in the midwest, she has lived on Frog Song Pond in Maine since 1996. Ms Falwell frequently visits schools, libraries and nature centers to talk with children about books, imagination and creativity. She enjoys hiking, drawing, gardening, snow-shoeing, and watching the turtles from her treehouse. You can learn more at her website: www.cathrynfalwell.com or on her blog: www.cathrynfalwell.blogspot.com

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By St. Louis teacher on July 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book has been around for a long time, but it continues to be a favorite in my classroom. It's one of those simple books that sparks so many different curriculum paths! Counting, number groupings, nutrition, cooperation, family activities, word choices, story writing, and more. It has also initiated collage art projects, quilt making, and paper mache vegetables! FEAST FOR 10 is a goldmine. I see that it's coming out in a board book soon, too. We have both the hardcover and several paperbacks in my class.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Should Be Doing Laundry on August 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
We make sure at least 50% of the books we check out or buy depict non-White folks, as we are an adoptive family and I have a Black son along with three homegrown kiddos. I have noticed, most of those books we've found about African Americans, the ones not from Africa, are about racism, which I think is *vital* to talk about with kids, and we do, but I don't want every. single. book with Black people in it to be about racism. It gets heavy for the toddler and preschool set sometimes. This book is perfect!!!!! Illustrations are darling, we love it. For an extensive list of the children's books we've checked out or bought that are from other cultures, countries or just have non-White characters, follow this link: [....]
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mica Jade on September 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
A sweet 1-10 counting book that has a nice rhyme scheme and builds its story by counting to ten, not once, but twice. The art designs feature a black extended family, however, this is not central to the story. What is emphasized is the feeling of family warmth and cooperation throughout as everyone pitches in to create the feast for ten. Children can also count the items in each picture that correspond to the poem. Well done.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "ruuu" on November 28, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
This is a wonderful book. I have been using it for years in special education and preschool settings. Children always respond to the excellent illustrations and simple text. The pages easily correspond with the text making it a very satisfying counting and retelling experience.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ulyyf on July 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
Or about living in Africa, or living in the past, or some sort of troubles (modern or historical). It's so nice to just see a family doing what families *do*. (They even recycle!)

My nieces ask me to read this book to them often. It's a very fast book, suitable both for very young children and for slightly older ones. We love looking at various details - like the fact that "five kinds of beans" includes JELLY beans, or the fact that the baby sits on a lap at dinner. It's just a quick, sweet book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marie Finnigan on November 24, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
This is a delightful preschool or kindergarten age counting book about an Afro-American family shopping and preparing a holiday meal together. The illustrations are large and colorful, making the book good for group storytimes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shanna A. Gonzalez on December 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
Feast For 10 is a warm, rhythmic story about a family taking a trip to the grocery store and preparing a meal to enjoy together. Each page introduces a number with an action: "One cart into the grocery store/ Two pumpkins for pie/ Three chickens to fry..." and so on, counting up to ten twice.

The book has much to commend it: on a cultural level, the story features a large family, which is cheerfully cooperative and hardworking without being annoyingly sweet. The children play an important role in the food preparation, and the ritual of sharing a meal together helps underscore their familial unity.

On an aesthetic level, this well-written book is illustrated with high-quality collage art, and it easily incorporates the counting exercise without detracting from the story. Because of its rhythm and rhyme, it will be well received by a preschool and early elementary audience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shavonne on September 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is wonderful. It reminds me of when I was younger. My mom would take me and my siblings to the store with her. When we got home I love to help her in the kitchen and watch her cook. I have learned so many things from her. It is something about cooking a meal with your family that brings you all closer. I have read this book to my kids as well as got them helping me cook meals and keep me company in the kitchen.
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