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King Leopard is wise enough to plan for a successor: 'I must seek out the cleverest beast in our jungle. I must find one who is wise enough to rule well.' He plans a contest; the winner is to be named a prince and marry his daughter. Contestants must throw Leopard's spear up in the air and count to ten before it comes to earth again...The story is a strong one and will be an effective read-aloud. (Booklist)

The noted actress retells this lively, well-paced, and involving version of a Liberian folktale. Meddaugh's color-pencil and water-color paintings suit the text well. Readers and listeners of all ages will find this an irresistibly satisfying tale. (Publishers Weekly)

A clever tale about the jungle beasts learning to count, showing once again that being strong is not the same as being smart. (The New York Times)

About the Author

Ruby Dee (1922-2014) was an actress and social activist. She was the author of the children's book Two Ways to Count to Ten: A Liberian Folktale.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (March 15, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805013148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805013146
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.1 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 2000
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I have used this book to teach mathematic lessons to grades one through three. It serves as a great springboard for discussion on factors, prime numbers and patterns. The pictures are delightful and the children love to make predictions on just who will make the King happy. My students choose to return to this book over and over again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tracee on January 19, 2013
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This book is a childhood favorite. The animals all try to shoot an arrow and count to ten before it lands. if they succeed, they become the next king of the jungle. Finally, an animal steps up, and although he is not the strongest, he wins through his knowledge of skip counting. It's an easy, quick read, but it provides a clear reason for why skip counting is a needed skill to learn. Furthermore, it reminds the kid how intelligence is a useful attribute and should be worked for (which will help them focus on skip counting even more).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By *Avid Reader* on October 8, 2008
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I came across this story in a condensed book of African Folktales. This is a really great book to read to a younger child!
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By momof4ms on January 18, 2015
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This wonderful book plays a key role in my math classroom. The basic theme of the story speaks to people of all age groups. I have read this story to 1st graders and to college students. The story reminds people not to judge someone (including themselves) too quickly. I use this book to remind my students to try their best, and to remember that we don't all have to take exactly the same approach to get to desired end result.
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My son learn reading. It is my goal to encourage my children as well as my sunday school children in church to have a passion of reading and a apprieciation for good stories.
Anymore suggestion on African Tales. Do ley me know.
Thank you.

Odamesa
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I lost my old copy. This book is a great resource for teaching factors.
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