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Ten Black Dots Board Book Board book – June 22, 2010

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PreSchool-Grade 2 This revised and redesigned edition of Crews' 1968 book contains several changes that give the title more appeal. The larger format makes the book a more useful choice for story hour sessions. Larger and more legible type makes reading easier for beginners. Although the rhymed text to introduce objects from one to ten remains almost unchanged, the colors of the objects have been altered, and textures have been added for visual variety. The rake now moves through tiny grass bits, for example, and the piggy bank looks more like a pink porker than did its brown predecessor. Crews' unmistakable graphic style is still evident, and the striking visuals are the book's strong feature. Unfortunately, Crews does not avoid one pitfall that plagues many picture books: the relationship between objects of different sizes. The two dots that are the fox's eyes are the same size as the two in the eyes of keys on the opposite page. Hence, each key is almost as large as the head of a fox. An addition in the new version is a series of black dots to be counted at the end of the book. Despite some weaknesses, the book is a good choice for collections in which straightforward counting books are in high demand.Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, Minn.
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“Striking visuals.” (School Library Journal)

“Bold colors and briskly delineated graphics.” (ALA Booklist)

“[This] bright, clean-lined counting book features remarkable colors and textures.” (Childhood Education)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Board book: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1 Brdbk edition (June 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061857793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061857799
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By The Invisible Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In fact, quite a bit can be done with a big dot. I gave my son and daughter some large dots and we had fun experimenting with what we could make out of them.

However, art is not my reason for giving a thumbs up to this book. I like its math side.

For toddlers there is counting. And for older children (I would say preschool age) there is an chart at the end of the book which shows dots and numbers from 1 to 5 on the first page and 6 to 10 on the next two pages (only 5 dots fit per page). Having the numbers and dots shown in this manner is a marvelous way to let little ones see the `ladder' shape of the number pyramid. And an opportunity to point out how moving up or down the stairs is equivalent to addition and subtraction.

We like this book. It has a cute concept that is appealing to young children. (Toddler to Preschool)

4 Stars for being of mathematical as well as artistic interest.
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This was on the summer reading list for my first grader. When it arrived, she said she thought it was a baby book. I finally convinced her to give it a read, and low and behold it is not a book for babies. She actually really likes it and it was a little challenging to read. We had fun reading it together. My 3 year old really enjoy listening to his big sister read it as well.
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This is a great counting book for any toddler and small child. Going from one to ten, Mr. Crews uses black dots to represent things children can see day-to-day. My 2-yr-old found this book at our local library. He wanted to read it so often that I bought a copy for home. Now we read it almost every day & he never seems to get bored. This is an older book & the pictures/images reflect this-- the (obsolete) radio with four black dots for its knobs is an example. However, it still resonates with children and my son enjoys each page. His favorite page has the six marbles in a person's hands. I can't turn the page until he has put his hands on the pages to pretend he's holding the marbles as well. He also loves the last page with ten balloons flying away after being stuck in a tree. He insists on counting all ten balloons before we turn the page. The end of the book "reviews" the dots from one to ten and is a nice way to review counting from one to ten and beyond. The book is great for counting as well as early reading.
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I use this book every year with my young prekindergarteners to teach math skills, fine motor, shapes, science and creatively thinking outside the box. Donald Crews is a wonderful author/illustrator, who tells the point in a concise and engaging manner. It really gets my little ones thinking!
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Format: Paperback
Great for your Kindergarten classroom. The book is simply different illustrations of pics you can make with black dots. We use black circle stickers (very cheap) and give each child 10. The class book that follows is a hit in the classroom library!
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Great book for children! I use this in my classroom to stretch the students thinking. After reading, I give my kindergarten students black dots to create a picture. I then put all of these pictures together and make a classroom book.
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Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews is a great book!!! I heard it recommended in a few different places so we decided to read it. Both my son and I were interested to see what the next picture was going to look like as well as counting the number of dots on the page just to make sure it was the right number.

Each page gives a different number with a picture drawn around that number of dots. There is one dot that makes a sun or a moon. Two dots makes the eyes of a fox or the eyes of keys that open locks. It goes from one to ten which my son was interested in around 2-3 years old. It has a good rhythm to the writing as well as simple pictures that the kids enjoy. Amazon recommends the book for ages 4-8 years old but I would say that it is good for a much younger audience too for first exposures to numbers. Great for parents or teachers to introduce the numbers, counting and the pictures that correspond. It is much better then some other bedtime books that we get to read every night at our child's request so introduce this book and see what your child thinks.

My little guy loves numbers and math so we started with the chart at the end of the book and made our own. It was super fast for me to make up with a marker and a ruler on a regular 8 1/2 x 11 piece of copy paper. I drew the line and wrote in the numbers and my four year old used the Bingo "dotters" to make the dots. He counted and re-counted each line to make sure that there were the right number on each line. He had a little trouble fitting in 10 on the last line but made the last one squeeze in. If you don't have the bingo markers, use stickers for the same effect. It is a great craft to follow up on reading the book. If you want to see a picture or other craft ideas, check out my post here: [...]
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Format: Hardcover
My 16 month old fell hard for this simple counting book. Though my husband and I are so sick of reading this one, we have to oblige several times a day. Baby has had it over a month and still chooses it over & over again. This book doesn't look like much but it clearly resonates with toddlers. The pictures are simple and graphic and emphasize spotting the dots. I know it will grow with him as Baby becomes ready to count. I wish we had purchased a board book version because the page with the snowman's face is getting mushy from all the kisses it receives.
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