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Two Ways to Count to Ten: A Liberian Folktale

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  55 ratings  ·  17 reviews
The noted actress retells this lively, well-paced and involving version of a Liberian folktale.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 15th 1990 by Square Fish (first published June 1st 1988)
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Liberian folk tale about a dying king who needs to find a worthy successor. The next in line to become king must count to ten before the spear hits the ground. Great for use in math lessons when concentration on counting to ten different ways. Hint: there are more than two ways to count to ten.

Ages 4-8.

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Name:____Ashley Ashley____ Date:__April 30, 2006__ Age/Grade Level:___5th Grade__

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This is a fun story about a leopard who is king of the jungle. As he gets older he tries to figure out who will be his successor. He has a contest, and the winner will be able to marry his daughter and become prince. The winner has to be able to throw a spear up in the air and count to ten before it falls back to the ground.
I think this is an awesome book for students to think about different ways to a number. In this particular book, the leopard wanted to make sure that his daughter had someone to rule with her by her side when he was no longer around. He decided to hold a contest to see which animal of the wild could hold up to his expectations. Their task was to be able to throw a spear in the air and count to ten. If the spear lasted in the air for ten seconds then that animal would be king. None of the animals ...more
Amanda Harrison
This book is an African Fairytale that I hadn't previously read in a different version. The story is about a king who is looking for an animal to be prince and then king of the jungle. The animals must vie with each other in order to see who will be king. The final winner is an animal that is not strong, but who is clever, and who can count by 2's.
Great book for teaching skip counting.
Another story I found to use in the Umigo program, but probably for an older group of kids than I'm getting. In order to find a husband for his daughter, the king leopard challenges suitors to count to 10 before the leopard's spear falls back to ground after being thrown. Who will win? Will it be by strength or mathematical wits?
I also think this is great for adapting for reader's theatre or storytelling.
This is a cute folktale that would be a good introduction mini lesson to skip counting. You could read this and go over the different ways to count to 10 with your students. Then you could ask them how high and quickly they can count with skip counting. You could also bring out a number board and see if students notice any patterns when skip counting.
This is a good book. It teachss students how to use their how to think trhrough riddles. It's a cute story about who can through a spear in the air and count to ten before the spear comes back down. Only one animal is clever enough to get to ten before the spear comes back down.
Dec 03, 2011 Amanda rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Amanda by: Everyday Math
A nice folktale story about animals competing to be king by having to count to ten before the spear they've thrown lands. While they all believe they have to be the strongest, the winner is the cleverest (who counts by twos). Fun to share with my math-loving son.
Joe Ahern
I thought it was a cleaver way for the author to incoperate animals, which most children like, with learning how to count. A good way to start children on learning to count. nicley illustrated as well.
Mar 30, 2012 Irina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: math
This book is about animals who are having a contest on who can count to ten the fastest. One of them is clever and counts to ten by twos. This book is great when introducing the concept of counting by twos.
Roshunda Harris
This is a Liberian folktale about a King who is dying. In order to appoint a successor they must count to ten before the spear hits the ground. This is a great book to introduce skip counting in math.
good book to help children with their counting. Also uses animals as reference and children are able to use them in relating their counting.
Jul 06, 2007 Nancy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Storytellers / Teachers / Children
A wonderful book to use for storytelling. A clever story on how to test for the next king of the jungle.
Shelly Lindsey
This book helps students learn how to count while incoperating animals.
Nicole Sandford
Very clever counting to ten by two's. Grade 2.
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