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Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang
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Aug 14, 11

bookshelves: african-americans, children, picture-books, awards-caldecott
Read on August 14, 2011

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 the additional shoe that would have made the 7 shoes even!) Most of the counted things also show up in later illustrations. Lots to talk about with a child here. I'm not sure I agree with the reviewer who wrote that counting backwards might confuse children--I suppose it depends on the child. It probably makes sense to teach them how to count forwards first and then explain that people often count backwards to mean that something is going to happen when the numbers run out--in this case, going to sleep!

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