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Ten, Nine, Eight Paperback – January 21, 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
An African-American girl and her father count down to bedtime. There are ten toes on her feet. Nine fuzzy friends (including a clever and playful kitty). Eight windowpanes displaying the snow outside. It goes on. Each view of the bedroom is a comforting one. The observant reader might wonder why there are only seven shoes straightened under the crib, only to find that when we observe the five buttons on the girl's gown, the cat is proceeding to happily gnaw on the missing shoe. The delicate interactions between the girl and her father are undoubtedly the most tender parts of the story. Oftentimes we switch in the story from viewing things from the child's point of view (like her toes or her seashell mobile) to looking at the girl as she perches in her father's lap. After some goodnight kisses and a big hug to her furry bear pet, it's off to bed for the sweet sleepy little one. There is nothing in this book that will necessarily grab you by the guts and make you want to give this story to every man, woman, and child you know. It's just a delicately woven lullaby that expresses almost wordlessly the affection that exists between a father and his daughter. From the opening shot of the girl running to be in her dad's outstretched arms, to the final tucking in at the end of the night, the book touches a chord in the reader. It is sweet without overpowering you with its saccharine nature. Adorable without going overboard. It is a beautifully balanced work of picture book art.
The drawings of father and child are just so sweet and endearing. My children can not get enough of it. Every night they want to put their little toes over the ones that are 'washed and warm' in the book. We count our window panes, and give kisses on 'cheeks and nose' too.
An excellent bedtime book. It is also the only book out of the 30 or so that we have read thus far, that made me say: darn I wish that I had run across this book alot earlier.
Definitely worth adding to the home library.
The illustrations are realistic in style showing detail in every picture. The colors are warm and dark to help the setting with a night time feel. Bang uses many patterns, as in the floral wallpaper and the rocky chair, but the pictures are not to busy or cluttered. If the illustrations are watched closely an underlying story of the cat can be seen as well. The reader might wonder where the missing shoe might have gone from under the bed on the number seven page. It is found on page five as the cat plays with it beside the rocking chair. It seems as if the cat is woken from its nap at the beginning of the story and has a little playtime before it retires to some other corner to continue with its sleep.
As a counting book Ten, Nine, Eight reinforces counting backwards. It can be a little confusing on the number nine page however. When counting the "friends" there is a horn that stands out but if the reader looks closely there is a small mouse on the dolls lap so there are actually ten objects in the picture. This could bewilder a small child trying to learn to count for themselves. Over all this is a wonderful book that would be a loving addition to any library to be shared with that special little sleepy child.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a little surprised how much my 18-month old daughter loves this book. She won't submit to bedtime until I read it one or twice (or three times). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stephanie J Anderson
My daughter loves this book! She sees the dad holding the little girl and screams "Daddy!" at each page and points to him. Great positive black family imagery!Published 4 months ago by RD
One of the 1984 Caldecott Honor books is this bedtime story. In it we see a countdown, that is shown backwards, beginning in ten and ending in one. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Wilma Rodz
My 20 month old son loves this. He counts everything and looks for the missing shoe. It's very simple but covers bedtime routine.Published 5 months ago by TOP7
Its hard for kids to see he objects. I got it for my 18 months old. But maybe for older kids.Published 5 months ago by Swati Soni
I got this for my husband as a small "push present" at the birth of our daughter. I wanted a cute daddy-daughter book for them to read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by JenBar