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Ten Apples Up On Top! Hardcover – March 12, 1961

4.6 out of 5 stars 130 customer reviews

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Since 1961, Ten Apples up on Top has been helping preschoolers learn to count and read simultaneously. Simple illustrations and even simpler rhymes make this apple-balancing competition between a dog, a tiger, and a lion a fun, easy place to practice sight words and phonics. Siblings can even take turns reading phrases like "Seven apples up on top. I am so good they will not drop." The inevitable tumbling crash is a great climax for busy toddlers to enjoy, and parents will appreciate the cooperative lesson the last page offers. (Preschool to early reader) --Jill Lightner

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Illus. in color. A beginning Beginner Book, this ingenious story uses a vocabulary of only 75 different words. "A hilarious story in rhyme about a number of animals who could carry 10 apples on their heads."--"Elementary English.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Beginner Books (1961)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394800192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394800196
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Board book
My son loved the "Ten Apples Up On Top" (Hardcover) book I borrowed for him from the library so much that I ordered a copy of our own. Thinking that the board book would be more sturdy, that's what I ordered. Never imagined that the board book could be only less than half of the full version, you can imagine the surprise and disappointement we had when we sat down to read it together. Now I know to compare the number of pages when I order. I wish there were some kind of clearer indication and warning about Board book version not being the full version somewhere in the Product Description.
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This book is a tour de force for helping with reading and counting to ten, using a vocabulary of only 75 words! A lion, dog, and tiger find many interesting ways to balance ten apples vertically on their heads, building up from only one. Then the birds decide they would like the apples, and the fun really begins. The conclusion will leave your child giggling happily.
Most simple books try to teach only counting or reading. I found it to be a great idea to combine the two. It makes the task both easier and more interesting for your child.
By using only 75 words, there is much repetition to help your youngster identify words that she or he will reuse throughout life. Here is an example:
"One apple up on top!
Two apples up on top!"
The illustrations nicely cue the young person to the words and the numbers involved. With these words I have quoted, you see the lion with the requisite number of apples balanced on top of the head.
The illustrations are also very active, and help draw interest to the story. Mr. Roy McKie's colorful, dynamic illustrations bring the story to life. Otherwise, how interesting can a counting book be?
Most children will have no trouble memorizing this story. Then, they can "read" along as you read aloud. Later, you can stop for certain words that they know how to identify, and they can read that word as part of the sentence you are reading aloud. You can also encourage them to count the number of apples aloud on each creature's head.
You can extend the value of this book by adding some pages of your own that involve numbers beyond ten. Your child will enjoy helping your with the illustrations for those pages. With the simple text structure, you cannot help but match what Dr.
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I remember reading this when I was a child, so I bought the board book version for my 2yo. We were happily reading along and then - to me at least - it stopped abruptly. I was disappointed and my son was underwhelmed. So I got this copy for him; THIS is what I remembered loving as a kid! The rhythm is fun, the story is silly, and my son loves to count the apples.

Spoiler alert: the board book stops when the lion, tiger, and dog each get 10 apples on their heads, and skips the roller skates. The paper-page version keeps going, and is at least twice as long. In short: buy this, not that.
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I got the 1961 version (black cover). It's smaller than the newer (green cover) that I borrowed from our local library. While a bit of a disappointment, my son still loves to read this smaller version of the story. I would recommend this book for children, especially for those who have shown an affinity towards numbers/counting.
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By A Customer on August 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a cute book in the beginner books series which helps learn to count in a little different way. Familiar Seussian wordplay is fun to read and fun for the kids. Overly cautious parents should be aware of themes such as a big bear chasing the main characters out of her house with a mop, a rolling pin, etc.
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What can I say this is Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss is the best childrens books because it is imagination unleashed. These books are classics and no matter what generation all children and love and enjoy these books.
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Both children, 6 yrs and 2 yrs love this book. It sounds and reads very much like Dr. Suess, but is not the familiar illustrated style of the good Dr. Or son checked the book out from the school library and we were looking it up on Amazon before we finished reading it.
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I loved this story as my children were growing and just had to get the story for my grandkids. I knew from the price that board book would be different, but I didn't realize it would bug me like it does. LOVE the book and get it if you are not in love with the full story. I you know the whole story you may not enjoy this book.
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