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)
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.
What I dislike about this book is that the book is suitable for second and third graders not sixth graders like me. So I wish for a chapter book. Read morePublished on June 20, 2005 by Brittany