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Ten Apples Up on Top! (Beginner Books B-19)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  23,119 ratings  ·  347 reviews
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
Hardcover, 63 pages
Published March 12th 1961 by Turtleback Books (first published 1961)
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I have read every Dr. Seuss book out there and have loved all of them, but this one gets extra kudos, because not only did it help my daughter learn how to count, it also encouraged her love of books! This was one of her absolute favorites as she was learning how to read all by herself and she read it repeatedly. The illustrations by Roy McKie are adorably simple, great book!
Sarah Sammis
Although I was a huge Dr. Seuss fan as a child, I missed Ten Apples Up on Top until my son started reading it. I probably missed it because he originally published it under his Theo LeSieg pseudonym. My son first discovered the edited board book version and the graduated to the full version in first grade. He in turn read it to his sister so now both children love it.

Ten Apples Up on Top is the story of three rollerskating friends, a lion, a dog and a tiger and their competition to see who can b
Austin Wright
One of the dumbest things I've ever read...ever...
still have this book from when I was a kid!
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Dr. Seuss, one Theodor Geisel, is of course best known as the writer/illustrator of just about every classic children’s book most of us have ever read. The books are silly, horrible to read to a child after the fifth time in one day, and full of made up words. What they are not, however, are offensive or controversial.

Geisel also published a number of books under a separate pen name, Theo LeSieg. While the story is that this pen name was used for book
Maureen Jehling
Ten Apples Up On Top!, by Theo LeSieg, is a story about a few animal friends who are trying to balance apples on their heads. They end up getting competitive about it, and trying to see who can balance the most on their head at one time. The friends go to all sorts of extremes to try to win the competition!Then, they get in a little trouble when a surprise visitor shows up to end their fun. Go ahead and get this book to read with your children and see what happens!

This book includes a few differ
Ten apples up on top 5-6

I like this book very much as it is very simple with very nice colors. This book is teaching the children the numbers 1 to 10 in a very simple and interesting way which is very good for children who just started to learn the math concepts. This book teaches children how to challenge themselves also, when those animals are trying to put the apples on their head without giving up trying. I like also the rhythmic and the sequence of this story too such as “Apples apples up o
I had never read this as a child and was pleased to find it.

We first used it as an early reader, but it works great as a read-aloud for little guys too. The words are fairly easy and mainly phonetic or sight words. It's fun and has a good rhythm as well.

This book would also work well for math - counting as apples are added and taken away, as additional people join, etc.
Diana Garcia
I like how the book makes counting fun. It counts forward and it was also going backwards. It shows a nice competition between friends and it gets children excited to learn. The illustrations stood out to me as well because I love seeing animals as characters. With all the ryhming and repition it gets children engaged and able to interact with the story. I also like how what first started like a friendly competition ends with all of them trying to protect their apples together. It's a great coun ...more
Nicola Mansfield
One of my absolute favourite Seuss books! I read it myself as a child and it went through my boys as being a favourite at one time or another also. This is a perfect one for reading aloud because of the rhythm of the verse. You can have a lot of fun with it. Ten Apples is also very basic reading, simple phonetic words, easiest sight words and plenty of repetition and yet it conveys an exciting story which is continuously in motion. From start to finish there is movement on every page. McKie's il ...more
Margaret Henderson
This classic, yet lengthy Dr. Seuss book is a great counting model for young children and new readers. As a young child I loved reading it myself. The rhyming and repetition makes it an easy and enjoyable read. Throughout the book, the characters begin to compete with one another, adding more and more apples "up on top"! The book demonstrates collaboration, determination, and problem solving all in one! A very entertaining way of helping children learn number recognition and a great deal of othe ...more
Ten apples up on top is a simple fun read. This book has a fantastic example of competitive friends. This is a good book for teachers or parents who are teach young children how to count to ten. There are only simple words in the story, so the children may be able to recite it and read it back to you. Overall, it is a good book and I recommend it if you are wanting material to help young children learn.

*** Learning Extension***
The Children will team up and play an Apple Tree Counting Game: the t
Brittany Stewart
I give this book 5 stars because it brings back many memories. Once I was admitted to the hospital for a month because I was very sick. That month we had a special aid that would come in and read to us and spend time with us. One day Ms. Jamie came in with a ukulele and this book. She read the book to us first then she grabbed her ukulele and played a musical tune to this story. I enjoyed reading this book again because of the memories it brought back. This book is also a great book to teach chi ...more
I did not think this book had the same quality rhyme scheme as other Seuss books. It seemed very forced. It did however deal a lot with counting, which is good. I would say the plot needed some work. But given the story was told with 75 words or less, it may be forgiven....still if someone is angry enough to come at you with a mop when you are clearly in an apple stacking contest then I find it hard to believe once everyone runs into each other and everything goes flying, they all become friends ...more

A good Dr Seuss book. An excellent beginner reader book.There are the easy words , the repeating words,
the little bit harder words, the rhymes, and then the new hard vocabulary words. His books have it all.
Add in the silliness and funny ending and it is a book a child will read and reread. Oh_ did I mention counting!

You can use this as a counting book for little kids and entertainment. For older kids, I think seeing what words we recognize on each page and learning a few more new ones each day w
A nice counting book that uses rhyme and repetition
Tishandra Mayfield
I look forward to reading this book in my class one day. This book teaches children how to count and they can interact with you while reading this book. This is a book that while reading, the children can pretend to balance apples on their head. This will really keep the children interested in the story and I think that they will want to hear this story over and over again.

Have each child bring in an apple and let the children cut up the apples and eat them with peanut butter. Hve them count th
Sara Hemenway
Another one of my son's favorite books!
Bryonna Potter
This book could be very enjoyable for young children. It has an opportunity for vocabulary development with rhyming words and repetition. I like how at first the characters were going against each other but then decided to work together. I also like the use of counting backwards and forward.

Learning Experience: Instead of using apples to balance I would have each child and a partner work together to balance 10 plastic plates on their head and walk from one end of the classroom to another withou
Mikayla Jackson
This is a great counting book for children. It will keep them entertained with the plot of the competitiveness with the apples between the three characters. After the ten apples are counted the story goes on with the characters trying to keep the apples on their head even as other characters make it difficult. I like the rhyming of the book that will make remembering the numbers easier for children, for example, " Three...Three... I see. I see.". I makes the book fun to read and easy to remember ...more
Camille Ryckman
Brief summary - A lion, dog and tiger have a good spirited competition of who can balance more apples up on top of their head as they go through some silly antics.
Annotation - This is written by Dr. Suess under Theo LeSieg and it has a familiar sound, but it is a little different. The story is fun to read and introduces number concepts.
Age appropriateness 4-7 year olds will enjoy this the most.
Connection to six early literacy skills
Phonological awareness - the rhyming pattern makes this story n
Synopsis: "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 ...more
Ashley Adams
Ten Apples Up on Top
By Dr. Seuss

1) The genre of this picture book would most likely be categorized as a counting book.

2) This picture book depicts a contest that a lion, dog, and tiger have to determine how many apples each animal can balance on his head. They all compete to get ten apples on their head, counting along the way, until they are all chased by a bunch of bears and birds, and eventually run into an apple truck, where everyone ends up with ten apples “up on top”.

3) Critique
a) This c
Joy Colclasure
This book is a fun rhyming and counting book for children. This book counts up to ten and even counts backwards from seven. I also liked how at the end of the book, all of the characters who were not friends in the beggining, became friends at the end when they all balenced ten apples on their heads together. This is a good lesson for children as well.

Extension activity: After reading this book I will allow the children to each draw a picture of themselves with how ever many red apples they want
I'm giving this book a five star-rating. Its almost impossible to go wrong with Dr. Suess(writing as Theo. LeSieg), and he proves this yet again.The illustrations in this book are wonderfully simple, with colors that contrast well to make the characters pop off the page. Also, this book could be a magnificent tool in teaching children the numbers 1-10. The apples are on every page and offer a wonderful opportunity to be counted multiple times. The story is exciting and full of action, which is s ...more
Review: I think this book is pretty interesting and fun at the same times. I love how the pictures are real colorful and you knew what the objects are. Also I love the content of the book meaning making counting fun an playful not so serious as some may make it. Also narrowing down to certain vocabulary words not throwing so many because after all it is still a children's book you do not want so many words has a lot of sight words that caught my attention.

Learning Experience: Our topic would be
This was a typical dr suess rhyming book. It was a cute story. I read it to my little girl (age 2) because I thought it would be a good 'counting' book for her, and it is great in counting; but when there are 3 animals each trying to outdo each other with how many apples they have on their heads, it can get boring fast as my little girl was trying to count each and every apple on each animal's head on every page. So after the first couple times trying to get through the book, I just started read ...more
Jennifer Bollinger
Rate: 4
Review: The book Ten Apples Up on Top is a suitable book for young children. This book was based on counting and stacking things such as fruit. This book teaches children about counting fruits and how high they think that they could stack something on top of each other. When children are stacking they should always be careful of what they put on top because that could tip the whole thing over.

LE: After you read the book to the children, the teacher should give the children different kinds
Ashleigh De nicola
Dr. Seuss books are my favorite books of all time. I am definitely guilty of having every single one written in the basement. I would only read Dr. Seuss books as a kid because I found interesting and I would always laugh. This particular was one of my favorites. I would recommend this book to parents teaching their children how to count. I feel Dr. Seuss turns a child into loving books while learning at the same time without even knowing it!
Josiah Smith
A great Dr Seuss story involving three friends who push each other to greater heights. By using apples and rhyming they move through the book constantly increasing the number of apples they can balance on their heads. But of course being different caused others to try and stop them. The ending is cute and appropriate as they share their talent and game with everyone. A great use of colour and illustrations are wonderful.
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Theodor Seuss Geisel was born 2 March 1904 in Springfield, MA. He graduated Dartmouth College in 1925, and proceeded on to Oxford University with the intent of acquiring a doctorate in literature. At Oxford he met Helen Palmer, who he wed in 1927. He returned from Europe in 1927, and began working for a magazine called Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at the time, submitting both carto ...more
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