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One Is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab: A Counting by Feet Book

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If one is a snail, and two is a person... we must be counting by feet! Children will love this hilariously illustrated introduction to simple counting and multiplication with big feet and small - on people and spiders, dogs and insects, snails and crabs - from one to one hundred!
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Published May 3rd 2004 by Walker Books Ltd. (first published May 1st 2003)
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Orla Byrne
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
One is a snail, two is a person, three is a snail and a person, four is a dog, five is a dog and a snail!

This is a really clever book which has strong cross curricular links with numeracy. The author is using feet/footprints as a counting tool. This is a great book which can be used across all primary year groups. The author carries on until 10 like this and then moves on to counting up to 100 (100 is ten crabs!) Lots of activities can stem from this book and can span a whole range of maths
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Cassie Houck
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a counting book that counts by feet, a snail has 1 foot, a person has 2, and 3 is a snail and a person. this counts all the way to 100 using feet.

I loved this book for its sweet illustrations and who doesn't like counting with adorable animal feet?

I would use this in a younger class or at home.
Janet
Nice colorful illustrations. Although labeled as a counting book, it quickly goes into addition and multiplication. Definitely will need a parent or teacher for this one. Will be confusing for the preschool set who will be drawn to the illustrations and to their parents thinking this is a beginning counting book.
Sofia Smith
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really interesting book. Unusual to see maths in such a creative and fun way
Stephen Stopper
Title: One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab: A Counting by Feet Book
Author: April Pulley Sayre, Jeff Sayre
Illustrator: Randy Cecil
Genre: Counting Book
Theme(s): Counting, Seashore, Feet
Opening line/sentence: “To the beach. One is a snail” (this is a snail’s foot).
Brief Book Summary: This book is entirely about counting, and uses unique and creative ways of showing children how to do so. The book begins by showing the reader that a snail has one foot, so they begin there at one. Then it continues that
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Jonathan Ayres
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely and funny counting book that can help children develop their mathematical thinking, through ideas of how to make larger numbers by combining different sets (i.e. the animals feet). Could easily be used as a read aloud in a maths lesson when looking at number bonds or multiplication (especially when trying to explain the commutative property of multiplication)
Wendy
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Genre: Children’s, Counting

Summary:

Using animals and people as the elements to count from one to one hundred, this book uses small numbers to first introduce the concept and then through repetition and building on that concept teaches how to reach much larger numbers. In relying upon the foundation of one through ten, with each number being represented by a cute creature, the reader is taught how to build math skills in a fun, inviting format.

Critique:

The concept of using small skills to create
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Alison Flemming
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
One is a Snail Ten is a Crab by April Pulley Sayre and Jeff Sayre illustrated by Randy Cecil (Candlewick Press 2003). 32p. Counting Picture Book.

Summary: This is a creative book on counting. Sayre uses animals’ legs to teach children to count while also teaching children how many legs different animals have.

Critique:
a. This book has bright colors and is simple and easy to read.

b. It is good the way that Sayre has the numbers on each page very large and then keeps the words after (what the
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johane
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
One is a snail ten is a crab: a counting by feet book
Reviewed by Johanne Weston, Public & Indigenous Library
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One is a snail ten is a crab is a picture book written
by April Pulley Sayre and Jeff Sayre and illustrated by
Randy Cecil.
Using feet as counters, it has basic addition, counting to 100, counting by sets of 2’s,
4’s and 10’s and multiplication. This educational picture book covers various age
groups. Younger children can learn colours with green, blue, purple and orange
colours on
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Jenna Sommerkamp
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: counting-book
The book "One Is A Snail, Ten Is A Crab" is a simple, kid-friendly book to help students learn to count. The book uses a variety of animals' legs to help learn to count along with the legs of humans. This not only helps students to learn to count, but it allows for them to learn how many legs different animals have, while also learning how many legs we as humans have. The numbers illustrated in bold text on each page with the words following the number help student identify how many and what the ...more
Darren Walland
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A story which can accompany maths lessons on the four operations of arithmetic.
Emily
Feb 20, 2016 rated it liked it
A perfect cross curricular book with strong links to numeracy. This story is all about counting with feet! "One is a snail, two is a person, three is a snail and a person, four is a dog, five is a dog and a snail!" By using pictures as an effective tool for counting in arrays, children can see the link to counting in multiples of 10 and can even use the pictures to help them come up with their own sums. I like the way the story builds up slowly with illustrations. This allows children, ...more
Jordyn Matthews
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
One Is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab: A Counting by Feet Book, written by April Pulley Sayre, is basically a counting math book for younger children. The book starts off on the first page by saying that “1 is a snail” which a picture of a snail because a snail only has one “foot”. It continues on each page by adding something else that has one more leg, which encourages children to add up and count the feet of each animal on each page till it eventually gets to 100 on the last page.

I think that this
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Jennifer Parrish
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This counting picture book gave me insight on new ways to learn about counting and the relationship between numbers. This picture book uses feet as a method of counting. It is a funny story that shows children that learning about numbers is fun and quite simple. April Pulley Sayre relates each number to an animal of some sort, or a human. Once she gets to 20, she starts adding the animals together to simplify the base ten system. For example, she says "ten is a crab." Once the reader gets to 20, ...more
Rachael
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
This cute book is witty and full of information! However, I did give it 4 stars because of the level of math I think that it involves. I think, based on the pictures and the theme of counting with feet, the intended age or grade level is about k-3. But the concept of counting is kind of lost when it really becomes a book of multiplication. That is just my opinion of how I read it. It also seemed to go very fast pace for the "counting" part of it. I find it hard to believe that a young child who ...more
Quinn
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: math
The book “One is a snail, ten is a crab: a counting by feet book” is a counting/addition book for young learners. This book starts off by saying that “1 is a snail” because a snail only has one “foot”. It continues on each page by adding something else that has one more leg, and so on. This book is very clever in the way it incorporates addition into it and can become a challenging math lesson for children while still being enjoyable. It includes bright, fun illustrations that create a visual ...more
Laken Doom
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
This counting picture book was written by April and Jeff Sayre and illustrated by Randy Cecil. The cartooned pages will excited kindergarten or first grade students when learning to count. Bright colors and smiling faces of all the creatures would keep children entertained and interested in the topic. It would help make them want to learn and gain the skill of counting. This book could be used by older students as well by having them create more complex ways of getting to the number the book is ...more
Kaitlyn Stanfield
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab the author counts by feet. Snails have one foot, Humans have two, One snail and one dog has five feet. As the story goes on, it counts by 10 and tells how many of whatever animal would equal that number. The illustrations are great as well. The pictures are very literal, which helps a child to see how many that is and lets them count one by one. I love the fact that this book uses math to show the numbers, such as one snail and one dog equals five feet, a snail ...more
Lucy
Apr 08, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a book that closely relates to maths and makes maths fun. The book is beautifully illustrated with bright bold images. The book uses feet to count, using different animals that the children can relate to.

I used this book in reception, when turning the page we used addition as a class 5+1=....6, 6 is a?..... giving the children the oppoutunity to identify what the animal is, I also asked if they could think of any other animals that have 6 feet? This is a perfect book to encourage the
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Juso
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
"One Is A Snail, Ten Is A Crab," is a cute book about counting! The book is about counting different feet, from snails and dogs to people and crabs. The book starts off with counting from 1 to 10, then continues with counting by 10s. At times, the books even compares numbers. For example, the number 40 is represented with four crabs, since they each have 10 legs. Another way 40 is represented is with ten dogs, since each dog has 4 legs. This book could be used for Kindergarteners or 1st graders ...more
Josie B.
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Do you want to add some numeracy skills to your storytime? "One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab" counts to a hundred using animal feet. When counting one to ten, Sayre uses the lowly snail to make up all her odd numbers, and once the children catch on to the pattern they will laugh and call out "And a snail!" From twenty to one hundred you are counting in crabs, people, dogs, insects and spiders which introduces counting by twos, fours, eights, and tens. Pair it with "Best Foot Forward: Exploring ...more
Courtney Hendrix
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a counting book for young children. It also involves counting skills involving various objects such as snails, crabs, humans, dogs, insects, and spiders.

Although this would be a great book for teaching students how to count and add, it would be important to make sure that the students you present it to are good at adding. This book doesn't appear to be for as young of readers as you might think. It can be too advances for some readers. However for the students who can understand it, it
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Sarah Tuttle
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidlet
As a physicist, I'm always on the lookout for books that teach numeracy in a fun way. (And as a mom, for that matter). This one has been with us since my son was young, and he's loved it all the way through. The counting by feet is fun, and funny. And at each developmental stage he gets different bits. As you move up in the numbers, the feet are combined in two different ways to reach the same number - a nice segue to multiplication eventually. But even very early on, there is just talking about ...more
Christina Edwards
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab presents the concepts of counting, adding, and multiplying. I think this book will be useful in a lesson about either subject. I believe younger students could benefit from how the book uses the number of feet on animals to illustrate and introduce counting and cardinality, while older students will be able to apply adding and multiplying. I think this book will be very amusing for students. I love the way that it can extend acroos subjects and different age groups.
Evelyn
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
The book One Is a Snail, Ten is a Crab by April Pulley Sayre is a great book used to teach young students how to count. The book uses different sea creature's feet to visually show students how to count. The book teaches students how to count by ones from 1 to 10 and also how to count by tens. The book also addresses the concepts of even and odd numbers. I would use this book with students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade.
Reade
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
This book counts feet on different living things to work on children's counting skills. Each page goes up in the value of feet between the living things.
3 book topic ideas
1.) This book can be used for younger kids to work on their counting skills.
2.) Students could use other body parts of animals to create their own counting book that goes up by 1's, 2's, 3's, 10's, etc.
3.) Students could use this book to open to different pages and add the amount of feet between two different pages.
Trang
Feb 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: math
This is a great book for skip counting and allowing children to see numbers in all different ways. It also allows for problem solving when presenting certain numbers to represent different animals according to the amount of feet on each animal. I would use this book to introduce skip counting and to allow each student to come up with their own animal and let their classmates try to guess their animal.
Roxy
Nov 08, 2015 added it
Shelves: abc-books
This book introduces counting and begins the process of understanding the multiples of 10. It uses examples like snails, people, dogs, insects, and crabs feet to understand the numbers of 1 through 10. It later uses the crab to understand 10 times a number or the other examples time 10 to achieve a certain total. This book uses vibrant images to connect with numbers to begin the process of skip counting.
Joyce Munzwandi
Grade Level: Kindergarten
This is book that can be used to teach counting to Kindergarten. It teaches counting using feet. The students will learn that as the number of feet increase the number they write becomes bigger. it is great for making connections with things such as pets if students have any and just animals and insects students may be familiar with.Students can talk about the insects and their characteristics.
Stef Rozitis
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: early-childhood
A fun way to count, will lead into understanding times tables once the children get a little bit older. Can lead to all sorts of counting games with feet of dolls, teddies, animals and the children themselves or counting wheels of cars and trucks.

The pictures are lovely, children tend to pay attention when I read it.
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April Pulley Sayre is an award-winning children’s book author of over 55 natural history books for children and adults. Her read-aloud nonfiction books, known for their lyricism and scientific precision, have been translated into French, Dutch, Japanese, and Korean. She is best known for pioneering literary ways to immerse young readers in natural events via creative storytelling and unusual ...more