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Ten, Nine, Eight

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  1,864 ratings  ·  202 reviews
Bedtime! A happy game to lure the most persistent sleep evader. A warm and reassuring countdown to the land of dreams.
Board Book, 16 pages
Published September 20th 1996 by Greenwillow Books (first published May 9th 1983)
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We've tried to pick up some Caldecott books, because I've heard good things about them, and this was our first. Although I wasn't that impressed, it did have some merit. The counting goes backwards, like the title suggests, which is an important skill to learn when learning numbers. Many books just focus on counting forwards and not backwards. The reading level probably wasn't even a level 1, not enough words. My 5 yr old who is doing first grade work wasn't interested, but it held the attention ...more
Debbie Reiber

Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang is a picture book. It is a Caldecott honor book of 1984. The age group this book is intended for is nursery. The book is a countdown to bedtime.
I thought this was a good bedtime story and I like that each time you look at the pictures there is more to find. If the child is a little older, he/she can count the number of items on each page, some more difficult to spot than others. The good thing is the numbers go down so as you are trying to get them to sleep they do
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Gwen Martin
This was a very good book about a father putting his daughter to bed. They count various things in her bedroom and get closer to the bed each time they say a number. You can tell the father loves his daughter very much, and therefore you can tell how much effort the author put into the words of the story. A counting book would be difficult to add emotion to, since you are just counting things, but Bang did it with no problem. This book would be very helpful in putting a child to bed in a loving ...more
Sarah Seasor
"Ten, Nine, Eight" by Molly Bang is a picture book that counts backwards from 10 to 1 in a story while a father is putting his daughter to bed. For a book that is focusing on teaching children how to count, i do not think counting backwards is very effective because children must be able to accomplish counting forwards before moving onto a higher level skill. The book seems like it tried to rhyme, but it did not do a very good job of this and it felt awkward to read. The author would only rhyme ...more
Madison Snow
The cover of "Ten, Nine, Eight" written by Molly Bang shows a little girls room. Her toys are scattered about and she is dressing for bed. Inside is a light blue binding, a second page with the cover repeated, and a dedication page. The book begins with the number ten and shows an image of ten small toes. The book continues to count down the numbers showing images of things in her room as she gets ready for bed. The last number, one, show her being a big girl and getting ready for bed. The last ...more
Personal Reaction
I enjoyed the colorful illustrations this book had to offer. I like how the book had a visual for everything it talked about. For example one sentence said “seven empty shoes in a short straight row” and then the next pages mirrored just what was written.
Purpose in classroom
This book would be good to use in the classroom before naps. It is a bedtime story that also incorporates an educational purpose. This book would be good for a math unit as it incorporates a number sequence.
Ten, Nine, Eight is a short picture book about counting down before going to bed. The main character is a young black child. Items in her room and on herself on being counted down as she goes to bed for the night. Each page shows illustrations of items and counts them for the reader, such as a picture of stuffed animals that says "9 soft friends in a quiet room." Along with the counting down, it also rhymes which I think is fun for young children to read. The illustrations are really nice in thi ...more
Alexis Keable
This bedtime story helps illustrate and teach counting from ten down to one. Intended for young children, this picture book offers a unique change to many other counting books due to the fact it counts down from ten. While the focus of the book is counting, the story told by the pictures depicts a loving dad putting his daughter to sleep. Overall, I found this book bland and wish there was more story behind the numbers.

The theme of this story is book is counting down from ten.

For young childre
Taylor De La Fe
This book was alright, it was pretty simple. I think I would only want it in a preschool classroom or possibly kindergarten. All this story does is count down from 10 but it does so in a way kind of like the twelve days of christmas. It will say "9 soft friends in a quiet room" rather than just saying the number 9. This was not a very exciting story, so I don't think children old enough to read it would really find it super interesting. This could help kids visualize different numbers, though an ...more
Cara Byrne
This a great book that counts down objects in a little girl's bedroom as she prepares for bed. My five-star review is based on my baby daughter's fascination with this book. She seemed to be very attracted to the contrast on the left hand side page, which was always white and has the words and phrases in contrast with the vivid right hand side page containing an illustration of said objects. Bang, who wrote one of my favorite books on understanding the visual devices illustrators use to express ...more
Gabrielle Goodstein
Caldecott Honor Book
Notable Children’s Books (ALA)
Where’s the Math: This is a counting book, but all the items being counted backwards from 10-1 are related to a young African American girl who is going to bed. So, we begin with “10 small toes all washed and warm” and end with “1 big girl all ready for bed”, and in between we see 9 stuffed animal friends in her room, her 8 window panes with snow falling outside, 7 of her shoes, a mobile made of 6 shells, 5 buttons on her nightgown, 4 sleepy eyes
Title: Ten, Nine, Eight
Author: Molly Bang
Genre: Counting

Summary: A counting bedtime story

A. A critique of the illustrations used in this story

B. The illustrations in this story reflect very well the theme of a count-down when putting a little girl to sleep. The illustrations show the setting, but none of illustrations show anyone talking, running, or making any type of noise. This adds a sense of quietness and calm in the story that reflects the theme of preparing for bedtime. Also, by placing t
Natalie Varnell
Genre: Children’s Picture Book: Counting
Summary: This book demonstrates a count-down from ten to one as a father prepares his daughter for bedtime. Together they count various items found in the young girl’s bedroom.
a) This book has a very warm tone.
b) Although this book is a counting book, it seems to convey more than just numbers. The special bond between a father and daughter seems to be as much about the book as the numbers.
c) As the book goes through the progression of the countdown, it als
Angelita Beltran
Ten, Nine Eight is a recipient of the Caldecott Honor. It was written and illustrated by Molly Bang. It is a countdown from ten to one in a little girl’s room who is getting ready for bed. The main characters are the little girl and her father. The point of view switches from the little girl to a third person perspective (only in the illustrations). It is written in a lullaby format. She starts with ten, when she counts her ten toes. The countdown continues to number five, where the little girl ...more
1984 Caldecott Honor

This is a book featuring various things around a little girl as she gets ready for bed with her Daddy and counts them down from ten to one (9 soft friends in a quiet room, 4 sleepy eyes which open and close, etc.) The illustrations are bright and compelling--each scene not only shows what is being counted, but there are additional things for the reader to look at, such as a black cat that is looking out the window in one scene and is later shown playing with a shoe (probably
1. Counting
2. This is a counting book that uses large numbers and colorful pictures introduce children to the idea of counting backwards.
3. Critique
a. Ethnic Diversity
b. I was glad to see an African American family featured as the characters in the illustrations in this book. The majority of the children’s books I read as a child, and have read through school, typically feature a white family. Providing counting books with diverse ethnicities gives all children a chance to feel more connected to
1. Genre: Counting Picture Book

2. Summary: A father is putting his young child in bed, using a lullaby of counting items in the room from ten to one.

3. a) The greatest strength of this book is the ability to relate to the story and the items used to count down.

b) I think parents and children can relate to this lullaby of bedtime. The strength of this book is the way the author uses objects in the room that the child can see. Other counting books go from one room to the next, but this book foc
Jessica Vanhemel
My first impression of the book is that the illustration are a little outdated, but that will happen when the book is written in 1983. Taking that into consideration the illustrations are alright, nothing spectacular, but they follow along with the story enough.

The story is about a little girl and her getting ready for bed routine, her and her count through the different items in her room and on her person. You start with ten toes, 9 friends, 8 window panes, 7 shoes, 6 seashells, 5 buttons, 4 s
Sara Lynn
Ten, Nine, Eight
by: Molly Bang

1. Genre: Picture Book/Counting

2. Summary: A young girl gets ready for bed by helping her father count all of her cherished items that can be found in her bedroom.

3. Critique:
a. One of the greatest strengths of this book is the use of adjectives by the author.

b. Molly Bang helps her readers get ready for bedtime by taking them through a young girl’s bedtime routine of counting the items she loves in descending order.
“10 small toes all washed and warm” (p. 1). Each
Concept Picture Book—Counting
2. A daddy puts his little girl to bed in this countdown book.
3. A. Text/ Illustrations
B. Eyes focus on the text to the left because other than text, the left page of each spread contains only white space. According to Kathleen T. Horning in From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books, “the standard size typeface for beginning readers is 18 points…[and] beginning readers should have lines between two and ten words in length” (2010, p. 126). The tex
Ashton Livsey
Genre: Counting Children’s Book
Summary:This is a counting book that describes a room and a little girl going to sleep.
Critique: a) Illustrations and story that coincides.
The illustrations in this book have a warm feel, even with the bright colors. The drawings are softly drawn without harsh lines. The pictures are colorful, which usually makes a book seem more alive and have a loud aspect to it, but they make the colors seem happy and comfortable. The words also choose comforting items to talk
Katlyn Campbell
Genre: Counting
Summary: This title tells the nighttime story for a little girl counting down to bedtime. The illustrations are bright, warm, and colorful and have a unique quality to them. The text goes along well the illustrations as it tells and depicts each item the young girl counts on the way to bed.
a. Although this is a Caldecott winner I think that the text outweighs the illustrations in this title.
b. The text in this title describes the things that the little girl counts in he
Citation: Ten, Nine, Eight, Molly Bang, Greenwillow Books, 1983, 22p., Picture Book/Concept Book

Genre: Concept Book/Counting

Summary: This concept book is a countdown to bedtime using the things in a child’s real world.

Critique: A. I like the way this book uses a theme of order to let help the child feel at ease so that she can sleep.
B. What makes this theme strong is that the objects that the author has chosen to order her world are quiet things. There is no indication of talking, singing, or
Ten, Nine, Eight
By Molly Bang

Picture Book- counting

Summary: In this reverse counting book, a girl and her father make a game about her bedtime routine, counting all the way down to being done and ready to go to sleep.

A) The greatest strength in this book is how relatable the story is to the young readers listening. It is also rhythmic, which allows the readers to share in the process.

B) Students can get a sense of the bedtime process and the little girl's life with her father while counting do
1. Counting Picture Book
2. This is the story of a little girl getting ready for bed with her father. The book counts down from 10 and describes things she sees in her bedroom at bedtime.
3. a. The text of this book
b. We often see books that count to ten, but this book does a great job of counting down from 10. The author/illustrator also incorporates common bedtime things well.
c. The use of words are great. Despite this being a picture book for young children there are actually some great vocabu
Della Bowens
Ten, Nine, Eight is a good book to read to children who are in the early childhood age group.this book is a counting book and is counting backwards from ten to one. the author, Molly Bang based this book on a father and a daughter. The father is counting down all the things the daughter has to do/does before she goes to bed.

What I liked about this book is, it is very relatable for children. Just about every child can relate to having specific things before they go to bed. in the book, the little
Lisa Mason
1. Counting Picture Book

2. This Caldecott Honor book is dedicated to those final moments before bedtime. The reader counts backward from ten as he or she inspects the warm and washed toes of a young girl getting ready for bed, see the five round buttons on her gown and feel the two strong arms of her dad as he gives her a hug goodnight.

3. A. Illustrations. B. The brightly colored illustrations in this book are an interesting contrast to the soft and quiet mood the book creates. C. The book is dr
Ariana Thomas
Reading Level – Early elementary
Grade level equivalent: 2.2
Guided Reading Level: H
DRA: 14
Lexile: 500L

Genre: Picture Book, Informational (counting and numbers)
Main Characters: a young girl and her father
Setting: at the family’s house in the young girl’s bedroom
POV: main characters

This rhythmic reverse counting book is a Caldecott Honor award winner that is sure to be a treat any time of day or night. In this book, traditionally a bedtime story, a young girl and her father get ready for bed. Hig
Rachel Pence
"Ten, Nine, Eight" is a special book showing the bond between a father and daughter as he is putting her to bed. The book is a counting book that starts at ten and counts backwards until it reaches one. This book keep you wanting to keep reading to see what they paired next with each number. After reading each page it made me want to go back and really look at the illustrations and really see the beauty in each picture. Opening the book you seeing the picture on the first page of a little girl i ...more
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