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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Andersen Press (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184939251X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849392518
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Learning Made Fun"Ten seeds,/ one ant./ Nine seeds,/ one pigeon." As the countdown begins in Ten Seeds by Ruth Brown, children watch the seeds (then seedlings, shoots and plants) disappear from various encounters. The last seed survives, turning into a sunflower and then dropping 10 seeds so the cycle will begin again. Printed on sturdy stock, the book's full-spread art gives readers an up-close look at gardening.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K-Cleverly combining simple subtraction with the growth of plants, Brown's plot opens with 10 seeds being snugly planted in rich, black soil. An ant lifts out the first seed, a pigeon picks up the second just as it's beginning to develop rootlets, and a mouse digs the next as it grows longer roots. A slug eats one of the seven remaining seedlings, a mole burrows under one of the six shoots, and a cat claws up the next one. Four small plants are further reduced by one ball, one puppy, and too many greenflies, until a lone surviving sunflower blooms and ultimately produces 10 seeds. With accuracy and charm, the handsome, realistic, double-page watercolor illustrations bring the cycle to life.
Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By aaa-Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have to admit to being one of those mom's who likes books that not only entertain but also teach something. Who wouldn't want to find a book that has great art, a story, AND that teaches math (and in this case science) as well--wahoo!

In this light, `Ten Seeds' provides alot. First the artwork is very nice, and the story, while short, is cute. As indicated by the other reviewers, a boy plants 10 seeds and one by one their numbers are reduced. This is a great way to introduce subtraction and to make it more `concrete'. (This also works with M&M's by the way.)

But in addition to this the artwork introduces some science. First you can see how the seeds grow, first putting out a single root that splits, then roots multiply, and the tiny plant sends out the first leaves that seek the sun. These false leaves give way to real leaves and then a flower which blooms (sunflower), grows old, leaving the boy with more seeds to plant next year.

And lest we forget, there are animals to talk about. The seeds/seedlings are reduced principally by living organisms such as an ant, a pigeon, a mouse, a slug, a mole, a cat, a puppy, greenflies. Some of these are not the usual animals we see in kids books. And in addition there are other creatures that can be seen beneath (and above) the ground such as earthworms, bees, ladybug, and other unidentifiable squirmies.

Five Stars. The artwork is very nice and the pages are more substantial than in many books for this age range. The plot is a little simple, but there is lots of message: science, math: the seasons and how things grow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Goold on January 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
We LOVE this book! I've been looking all over for a good book that portrays the growth of a seed and this book achieves that beautifully. My kids (ages 4 and 2) want it read to them over and over again. It is also a great counting backwards (or subtraction) book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Very cute and sturdy. A youbg boy plants ten seeds, which, one by one, are eaten are destroyed in some manner. All except for one seed that grows into a glorious sunflower, which produces exactly ten seeds. A definite summer hit for the young set.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rochelle Siegel on August 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is a piece of artwork you will enjoy as much as your child. I am blown away by the talent shown in these illustrations.
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By Tim Magner on September 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I've read thousands of children's books and this is in the top 10. I visit schools on a regular basis and, besides the books I've written, this is the only book I've ever read. True, I'm a sucker for books that entertain and teach, but it's rare when it works really well. The bonus: it introduces an important concept of how nature works.
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