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Ten Friends Hardcover – August 1, 2001


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From Publishers Weekly

"If you could ask 10 friends to tea, tell me who your friends would be," begins Goldstone's (The Beastly Feast) rollicking, rhyming approach to addition and multiplication. In each of 10 spreads, the unseen narrator suggests different combinations that add up to 10, which Cahoon (Word Play ABC) interprets in vibrantly saturated spreads of an anthropomorphized menagerie. A rose-hued stage scene featuring a sextet of flamingos en pointe, partnered with four leaping frogs, for instance, illustrates the equation 6 + 4; while 8 + 2 translates into eight mouse tailors cavorting among spools and thread, joined by two plunger-toting elephant plumbers. Whenever the equations lengthen beyond two addends, the rhyming text takes on jovial patter-song silliness: "How about 1 prince, 1 painter, and 2 potters, 1 diner, 1 miner, 1 major, and 3 otters?" Finally, the book offers up the cumulative possibility of what would happen "if ALL your friends show up": it's the number 100, the magnitude of which is driven home by a page filled with thumbnail portraits of every one of the participants. Exuberantly stylish, this painless introduction to the power of 10 should prove to be many aspiring mathematicians' cup of tea. Ages 3-7. (Aug.)
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

reS-Gr 2-Many concepts are crowded into this overly ambitious counting book. It begins with the question, "If you could ask 10/friends to tea,/tell me who your/friends would be." Goldstone first suggests 10 firefighters; then 9 grizzly bears and 1 forest ranger; or 8 trusty tailors and 2 proud plumbers; and the pattern emerges until 5 shepherds and 5 sheep are proposed. However, as the pages go on, readers are introduced to groups of 4, 3, and 3; 1, 2, 3, and 4 in increasingly fragmented units. The randomness is as awkward as the text: "The sailors and the divers/and the plumbers/and the otters come." The computer-generated illustrations feature flat cartoon figures in colors varying from primary to muted secondary tones. The overall effect is chaotic. The final question is, "What if ALL your friends show up? What will you do then?" The presentation of 100 being 10 groups of 10 (various) creatures is muddled by too many details. Although preschoolers may get swept up in the frenzy, they probably won't grasp the math.

Dorian Chong, School of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University, CA

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (August 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805062491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805062496
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.3 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,511,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I've been a writer since I was a kid growing up in Ohio, but I've always dabbled in art and design as well. These days, my main job is writing textbooks, but I also do graphics for a New York theater company. I'm thrilled that I found a way to combine these interests in my own books.

Starting with the Great Estimations series, I've had a lot to do with how my books look. For those two books, I was the photo stylist, which meant I got to spend hours counting and arranging macaroni elbows, google eyes, fake cockroaches, and rubber ducks. And then beginning with 100 Ways to Celebrate 100 Days, I started taking some photos for my books, too. (I don't have much room here, so if you see a photo of something like an elephant in one of my books, chances are pretty good that I didn't take that one.)

Books have always been a big part of my life, from buying dusty old paperbacks in any used bookstore I could find to my first job, shelving books as a page at the Shaker Heights Public Library. I even love that word: I was a page!

In 2002, I decided it was about time I learned to speak a foreign language, so I started taking Spanish lessons. One of the biggest joys of this ongoing project/struggle has been learning to read literature in another language. These days I feel just as proud and excited to finish a book in Spanish as I did when I first read Half Magic, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, or The Once and Future King.

Oh, about those textbooks. I've written thousands of pages in pretty much any subject you can think of, from reading and math to social studies and science. I try to make them as interesting as possible, but even so, I'd like to officially apologize for any math problems or grammar worksheets that any of my readers found particularly annoying.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My two-year-old son adores this wonderful book. The rhymes are clever, and the counting is so much fun. It would be even better for older children who are starting to learn how to add and subtract. I would recommend this book to anyone! Beastly Feast, Bruce Goldstone's previous book, is equally wonderful.
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A literary mom
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By Thelonious Junk on September 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Our young daughters both love Ten Friends! As parents trying to expose them to basic math concepts w/out scaring them, we found this book very, very helpful. The clear, compelling copy moves right along. The beautiful illustrations hold the attention of young readers. In short, Ten Friends has it all. If you have friends w/young children, this would make a great gift.
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By A Customer on September 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My two-year-old son adores this wonderful book. The rhymes are clever, and the counting is so much fun. It would be even better for older children who are starting to learn how to add and subtract. I would recommend this book to anyone! Beastly Feast, Bruce Goldstone's previous book, is equally wonderful.
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A literary mom
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By A Customer on September 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Don't listen to anyone who is not a big fan of this book. It has everything a children's book should have--good writing, fun illustrations, and a clever concept. Trust me, your kids will love it. Mine do.
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By A Customer on September 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking for a counting book for your little mathematician, this is it. Ten Friends makes numbers fun! My son can't get enough of it.
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