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Ten, Nine, Eight

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  3,037 ratings  ·  294 reviews
Bedtime! A happy game to lure the most persistent sleep evader. A warm and reassuring countdown to the land of dreams.
Board Book, 16 pages
Published September 20th 1996 by Greenwillow Books (first published May 9th 1983)
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A gentle rhyming bedtime/counting book, with colourfully expressive illustrations, Molly Bang's Ten, Nine, Eight is a soothing lullaby for young children (about their various bedtime routines), whilst also counting down from the numbers ten to one. For an adult, the author's presented and featured text might feel a bit lacking in substance (and the first rhyme sequence really does not seem to work all that well either), but for the intended audience, for toddlers just learning their numbers, it ...more
Jun 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
We've tried to pick up some Caldecott books, because I've heard good things about them, and this was our first. Although I wasn't that impressed, it did have some merit. The counting goes backwards, like the title suggests, which is an important skill to learn when learning numbers. Many books just focus on counting forwards and not backwards. The reading level probably wasn't even a level 1, not enough words. My 5 yr old who is doing first grade work wasn't interested, but it held the attention ...more
Niki Marion
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm obsessed. Why is Molly Bang the greatest woke white lady in kidlit? This book--FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1983--features a black dad and his daughter at bedtime (!!!). That's an amazing dismantling of the stereotype that black fathers are "absent" and "unsupportive" right there.

It's also a great counting and going-to-bed book for toddlers, really it's a countdown to bedtime book. There are so many easy-to-name items (shoes, cat, ball, etc) to look at, name, and track throughout the spreads. Coupled
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of the 1984 Caldecott Honor books is this bedtime story. In it we see a countdown, that is shown backwards, beginning in ten and ending in one. This backwards countdown takes place in the room of a little girl, whose father is preparing her for bed. First shown are ten toes;. second come nine toys; third come eight squares on the window panes; fourth come seven shoes; fifth come six seashells; sixth come five buttons; seventh come four eyes; eighth come three kisses; ninth come two arms; las ...more
Elizabeth Gonzalez
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I like the book because it is promoting number sense. The ability to understand quantity of a set of objects and numbers to name quantiles. The story of this book is illustrating the process of sleeping time between an African American father and he’s daughter. The father helps he’s daughter before sleeping the both bond by doing a process of number naming with numerical objects. The author does not only write the number the author illustrated using different objects that represent the number va ...more
Alexis Caudill
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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1. Book summary, in your own words (3 pts)
Ten, Nine, Eight is a Caldecott Honor Book. It is a poem that the author wrote for her daughter while she was away. It is a counting book and it is about a child getting ready for bed.
2. Grade level, interest level, lexile (1 pt)
This would be a great book for Pre-K, maybe Kindergarten, students. It is a really cute book and is super easy to read.
3. Appropriate classroom use (subject area) (1 pt)
I would use this book when teaching counting in class.
4. Ind
Debbie Reiber
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang is a picture book. It is a Caldecott honor book of 1984. The age group this book is intended for is nursery. The book is a countdown to bedtime.
I thought this was a good bedtime story and I like that each time you look at the pictures there is more to find. If the child is a little older, he/she can count the number of items on each page, some more difficult to spot than others. The good thing is the numbers go down so as you are trying to get them to sleep they do
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ten, Nine, Eight A sweet bedtime story and counting book. I actually wasn't a big fan of the illustration style though I really loved what the illustrations depicted -- I hope that makes sense. I think my favorite illustration was of the cuddly creatures in the room (plush animals and a very real kitty cat) ;-) I, too, appreciated the fact that the book featured an African American family and that the father is in the nurturing role, putting the daughter to bed. Nice to see that any time, but I ...more
Sara Lynn
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ten, Nine, Eight
by: Molly Bang

1. Genre: Picture Book/Counting

2. Summary: A young girl gets ready for bed by helping her father count all of her cherished items that can be found in her bedroom.

3. Critique:
a. One of the greatest strengths of this book is the use of adjectives by the author.

b. Molly Bang helps her readers get ready for bedtime by taking them through a young girl’s bedtime routine of counting the items she loves in descending order.
“10 small toes all washed and warm” (p. 1). Each
A short, sweet counting book (counting down from 10 to 1) perfect for bedtime for little ones.

It's hard to believe that this is written and illustrated by the same woman that wrote and illustrated The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher. The two books are completely different in tone, length, illustration style, etc.
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pbf-general
A very short phrase on the left-hand page is accompanied by a lovely painting on the right-hand page, with a black cat in several of the pictures. Another nice feature is that it is Dad putting the child to bed, thus acknowledging the importance of dads in a child's life.
Apr 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: caldecott
1984 Caldecott Honor - Favorite Illustration: 3 kisses on the cheeks and nose - it is so sweet!
This is a tender little bedtime story as well as a counting book. I love the way each page is illustrated with a daddy tucking his kiddo into bed.
Jun 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
A simple little story, a great read to a little girl before going to bed.
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
A very sweet bedtime story featuring counting. Recommended for bedtime reading!
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-and-g
A really lovely book that can be read at all sorts of levels. The counting theme itself is nice, but it's fun to see what else is going on in each illustration - and yet the pictures don't seem busy at all. Quite the opposite - they're so cozy!

I had even noted to myself that it was great how the book depicts a girl with short hair, which was useful in discussing with my toddler that anyone can have any length hair. But then I was reading an article for the book's 35th anniversary in The Horn Bo
Jared Kling
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: counting
Ten, Nine Eight was a terrific book written by Molly Bang is a story of a young girl and her father and they are counting down the steps they do before she goes to sleep at night. This book obviously from the title is all about counting as the girl and her father count step by step from ten to one. The final step "1 big girl all ready for bed". This book was a fun way of counting down as well as teaching young ones the importance of doing things like bath time before they go to bed. As far as if ...more
Jenna Bailin
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reading Log
Title: Ten, Nine, Eight
Author/Illustrator: Molly Bang
Genre: Counting Book
Theme(s): Counting, Family/family relationships, nighttime/getting ready for bed
Opening line/sentence (type directly from text):
“10 small toes all washed and warm.”

Brief Book Summary (2-3 sentences in your own words):
This book features a young girl getting ready for bed, but does so very subtly. The book counts down from 10 and shows the girl putting her stuffed animals away, reading with her dad, and giving g
Danielle Elizabeth
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reading Log #1:
Title: Ten, Nine, Eight
Author: Molly Bang, 1983
Genre: Counting
Theme(s): Preschool, Board books, Counting books, Bedtime
Opening line/sentence: “10 small toes all washed and warm”
Brief Book Summary: This book is about a little girl and her father reading their own version of a bed time story. The two count down from 10 to 1 depicting different things around the household.

Professional Recommendation/Review: This board-book version of Bang's Caldecott Honor-winning countdown to bedti
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Ten, Nine, Eight" by Molly Bang is a sweet rhyming bedtime story. It counts down from ten as it describes the process of a father and daughter getting ready for bed. At first, this story did not seem interesting to me but when I remembered the intended audience I thought changed my mind very quickly. Despite it being a very simple story, it has a lot to offer with rhyming, counting, and a comforting story for younger children. I really appreciate that the story counts down from ten instead of c ...more
Madison Siegle
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this cute book, and I thought it was an effective bedtime book.
The colors were soft and made the feeling of a calming goodnight sink in because there wasn’t any sharp imagery. Each [age and subsequent thing includes a piece of the other page to connect them. For example, there are nine stuffed animals, and in the next page the stuffed animals are in the background. One of the seven shoes is shown on the next page too. The lines aren’t aggressively outlined, providing a calming, so
Angelita Beltran
Ten, Nine Eight is a recipient of the Caldecott Honor. It was written and illustrated by Molly Bang. It is a countdown from ten to one in a little girl’s room who is getting ready for bed. The main characters are the little girl and her father. The point of view switches from the little girl to a third person perspective (only in the illustrations). It is written in a lullaby format. She starts with ten, when she counts her ten toes. The countdown continues to number five, where the little girl ...more
Gabrielle Goodstein
Caldecott Honor Book
Notable Children’s Books (ALA)
Where’s the Math: This is a counting book, but all the items being counted backwards from 10-1 are related to a young African American girl who is going to bed. So, we begin with “10 small toes all washed and warm” and end with “1 big girl all ready for bed”, and in between we see 9 stuffed animal friends in her room, her 8 window panes with snow falling outside, 7 of her shoes, a mobile made of 6 shells, 5 buttons on her nightgown, 4 sleepy eyes
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
1. Counting
2. This is a counting book that uses large numbers and colorful pictures introduce children to the idea of counting backwards.
3. Critique
a. Ethnic Diversity
b. I was glad to see an African American family featured as the characters in the illustrations in this book. The majority of the children’s books I read as a child, and have read through school, typically feature a white family. Providing counting books with diverse ethnicities gives all children a chance to feel more connected to
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Citation: Ten, Nine, Eight, Molly Bang, Greenwillow Books, 1983, 22p., Picture Book/Concept Book

Genre: Concept Book/Counting

Summary: This concept book is a countdown to bedtime using the things in a child’s real world.

Critique: A. I like the way this book uses a theme of order to let help the child feel at ease so that she can sleep.
B. What makes this theme strong is that the objects that the author has chosen to order her world are quiet things. There is no indication of talking, singing, or
Lisa Mason
Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
1. Counting Picture Book

2. This Caldecott Honor book is dedicated to those final moments before bedtime. The reader counts backward from ten as he or she inspects the warm and washed toes of a young girl getting ready for bed, see the five round buttons on her gown and feel the two strong arms of her dad as he gives her a hug goodnight.

3. A. Illustrations. B. The brightly colored illustrations in this book are an interesting contrast to the soft and quiet mood the book creates. C. The book is dr
Rosemary Sullivan
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Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
1. Genre: Counting Picture Book

2. Summary: A father is putting his young child in bed, using a lullaby of counting items in the room from ten to one.

3. a) The greatest strength of this book is the ability to relate to the story and the items used to count down.

b) I think parents and children can relate to this lullaby of bedtime. The strength of this book is the way the author uses objects in the room that the child can see. Other counting books go from one room to the next, but this book foc
Katlyn Campbell
Oct 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Genre: Counting
Summary: This title tells the nighttime story for a little girl counting down to bedtime. The illustrations are bright, warm, and colorful and have a unique quality to them. The text goes along well the illustrations as it tells and depicts each item the young girl counts on the way to bed.
a. Although this is a Caldecott winner I think that the text outweighs the illustrations in this title.
b. The text in this title describes the things that the little girl counts in he
Gwen Martin
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a very good book about a father putting his daughter to bed. They count various things in her bedroom and get closer to the bed each time they say a number. You can tell the father loves his daughter very much, and therefore you can tell how much effort the author put into the words of the story. A counting book would be difficult to add emotion to, since you are just counting things, but Bang did it with no problem. This book would be very helpful in putting a child to bed in a loving ...more
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Title: Ten, Nine, Eight
Author: Molly Bang
Genre: Counting

Summary: A counting bedtime story

A. A critique of the illustrations used in this story

B. The illustrations in this story reflect very well the theme of a count-down when putting a little girl to sleep. The illustrations show the setting, but none of illustrations show anyone talking, running, or making any type of noise. This adds a sense of quietness and calm in the story that reflects the theme of preparing for bedtime. Also, by placing t
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