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Ten Apples Up on Top!

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  20,487 ratings  ·  299 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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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
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...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...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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
This book makes counting interesting and fun for children. The teaches counting in order and backwards. The book show the competitiveness of the characters.

L.E. ~ make a number ring and go through the numbers with the children adding a number each week.

Put the children in teams and have them put bean bags or sandwich bags of rice on their heads and have them walk about the class room. Adding a bag each time.

Three animals compete in the first half of the book to see who can have the most apples on top of their head. During the second half of the book, they escape an angry mob, happily collide with an apple truck, and end up giving the entire town ten apples on their heads as well. (What fun! Ten apples up on top! We are not going to let them drop!)

This is a good book both for early readers, and for young children learning to talk. Very simple, rhyming vocabulary, of the sort with intuitive spellings...more
Holly N.
Ten Apples Up On Top! by Theo LeSieg, also known as the talented Dr. Seuss, is a simple book with fun rhymes that can help preprimary children learn to count as they read. This can be a great first introduction to number sense and counting. It's a useful teaching tool with the added bonus of the easy, entertaining rhymes and simple illustrations of different animals.
Sujeewa Ranasinghe
Ten apples Up On Top! book is very helping to young children with reading and counting. Same time they learn count up to ten and vocabulary. Repetitive words and nice illustrations are greatly impact to children's reading and memorizing the story. It is an interesting book to read over and over, so children may spell some 3 letters words.
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A book that is wacky fun for children as the story unfolds. Children will easily follow the story and use the illustration as contextual clues to predict what will happen next. The simple rhyme makes it appropriate for children to remember the story line.


This would make for a great asset in the areas of Math when counting to ten. They would be able to build knowledge when counting to ten.It would also spark a great discussion on apples. How they grow? and What seasons do they grow best?
Rachel White
This counting book is adorable. It isn't your typical counting book. This book makes counting fun.

This story is a tale of three friends, a lion, a tiger, and a dog, that are all competing to see who can balance the most apples on their head while participating in random daily tasks. While doing this, they are counting to ten.

I feel that students, more than likely in the age group of kindergarten through second grade, will enjoy this book because it is telling a fun and interactive tale while a...more
Dirty Gert
As a Dr. Seuss fan this was wicked disappointing... no wonder he used his pseudonym. The rhymes were pleasing but predictable and way too simple. The illustrations were so basic as to be boring. My son brought this home from the kindergarten library; so glad I didn't buy it. I'd rather him count apples in my kitchen.
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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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