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Ten Black Dots

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,255 ratings  ·  155 reviews
What can you do with ten black dots?

One dot can make a sun, two dots can make the eyes of a fox, and three dots can make a snowman's face.

And that's just the beginning in this unique counting book!
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 21st 1995 by Greenwillow Books (first published 1968)
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Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Only one page is dated (the radio), but otherwise this is great for today's kids. It's a bit like a cross between The Dot and Meta counting books, in that it inspires children to make their own drawings starting with a certain number of dots. The little library hardcover I read is actually a 1968 edition and is cute in that it's the size of a board book, so a small child can 'read' it herself. It's also pretty well worn out, from being oft-circulated.
Ashley Adams
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: education, children
A children's book to teach counting and engage the imagination.
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, math
Big hit with my little number guru! He loves reading it over and over. After the usual pointing out the number and counting all the dots we've moved on to adding dots on facing pages to make the number. There are many ways to use this book for exposure to numbers.
Rocheal Hoffman
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ece-3601, math
This book is a fun way to introduce counting, graphing, tens frames, and much more. Inside are creative ways to see numbers, opening the door to engaging activities.
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Five year old likes it.
Marisa Taddei
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: marisa-taddei
Title: Ten Black Dots

Author: Donald Crews

Illustrator: N/A

Genre: Concept Book, Counting Book

Theme(s): Counting, rhyming

Opening line/sentence: “What can you do with ten black dots?”

Brief Book Summary: This book uses big black dots imbedded in the illustrations to help the reader count from 1-10. On the first page, the author raises the question: what can you do with ten black dots? Each subsequent page shows what 1,2,3…etc. dots can look like (a sun, two eyes, a snowman’s face…). On the final
Grace Noto
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title: Ten Black Dots
Author: Donald Crews
Illustrator: Donald Crews
Genre: counting books
Theme(s): numbers
Opening line/sentence: “One black dot can make a sun or a moon when the day is done.”
Brief book summary: A visual book that shows all the different things that can be done with ten black dots. One can make a sun, two can make a fox’s eyes, and eight can make the wheels of a train.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1:
Name of reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
Name of Source: CLCD
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Title: Ten Black Dots
Author: Donald Crews
Genre: Counting book, Concept Book
Theme: Counting, Numbers
Opening Line/sentence: What can you do with ten black dots?
Brief Book Summary: The book practices counting to ten using black dots as the object the signify the number being taught. For each number, 1-10, the black dots are used to symbolize something reminiscent of their shape, that children would see in their lives.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1:
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Genre: Picture Book- Counting Book
Awards: None
Audience: Pre-K/Kindergarten
A. This book starts with what 1 dot can make and then 2, 3 all they way up to ten. It then ends counting up and down to 10.
B. The author used color by making the dots black and the background colorful. It makes the black dots stand out and seem out of place. It draws the reader’s eye to the dots, which are the most important part of the story.
C. I would use this with a whole group read aloud in Kindergarten as an engage
Sarah Lee
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Genre: Picture Book - Counting Book
Awards: None
Audience: ages 2-5 years
A. In the book Ten Black Dots, each page contains a different number of black dots that also complete a picture. Each page has one more dot than the page before, ultimately ending with ten black dots.
B. The illustrator incorporates the use of shape very well in his illustrations. The emphasis of the number of black dots are very evident on each page.
C. In a learning environment, I would use this book to teach a child or
Aug 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: math
Counting book with pages for one through ten dots. Some numbers have multiple examples.

The book is in rhyme. The examples for the numbers early in the book seem more natural/tied to the number than the ones later. (Eyes of a fox is definitely two, but "seven dots can make the spots on a snake" is more arbitrary.)

There's very little arrangement of the dots in groups that make subitizing easy. The six dots are in two groups of three, and the nine dots are split into five, three, and one. Some of
Josie Miller
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ten Black Dots is a counting book for early readers. Each page rhymes as the reader counts the dots page by page from the number 1 to the number 10.

I would recommend this book for kindergarteners. Standards wise students should be able to count to 10 by the beginning of kindergarten but there are kids that are behind or that don't speak english as this first language. This would be a helpful book for them. It also rhymes which is a great tool for helping kids who are beginning to read as well as
Pamela Hatch
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very simple book in its design. Main concept is counting the black dots from 1 to 10. But I think its strength and uniqueness is inspiring to look beyond the dots to see what more they could be. For example: 4 dots could be seeds in a garden row or 4 knobs on a radio.

Give kids 10 dots and see what they can come up with on their own.

The book says redesigned and revised -- not sure what was changed, but I like this edition. Large font, simple but colorful pictures.
Kenyatta Hicks-cooper
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I throughly enjoyed reading this book. I loved the large pictures and the black dots that were used to help the kids learn to count. This book is very inviting and I feel little kids would love looking at the pictures and counting the large dots. The great thing about the large dots are that the kiddos little fingers can fit right on them. I think anybody would have a love learning how to count to using this book.
Shelby Miller
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-book
This was a creative take on counting dots in a children's book. The dots were large and easy to find, but also represented items with each new number. Rhyming was also present throughout the text, which made it an enjoyable read.
Topics: counting, rhyming, numbers 1-10, shapes within everyday objects, colors, reading numbers.
Lu's Reviews
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lu loved the dots and loved counting the dots. Over and over and over and over and over. I'm selfishly not putting this on the find-a-copy list (at least for another month) because there are only so many dots a mom can take. My number seems to be 9.

(GrandMary's house, July 2019)
Rachel Smith
This is one of my favorite Donald Crews’ concept books! It is quite creative in the use of 10 black dots on every page, and untraditional in the ideas for what the dots could be used for. I would love to have students come up with their own dot art as part of a counting activity.
Sarah Harper
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-about-math
This book details how the same amount of an object can be placed differently, or seen differently, yet still equal the same amount. There is an emphasis on Number Talks, and this could be used in sequence with this concept, curriculum activity.
Nora Manriquez
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: math
This book is okay. I don't really like it. But this would be a great book to read to children when you are teaching them to count to 10. I do like the coloring in the book and the creativity in the book.
John Yelverton
May 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Honestly, this is a less than impressive children's book about counting and attempting to teach children to use their imagination while doing so.
Marisa Severin
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: math-counting
This book is perfect for teaching counting. It is ideal for preschoolers because not only does it teach counting, it also turns on their imagination. I love it.
Eh, is alright. Some ideas are more clever than others. However, it rhymes and teaches children to count and recognize the dot shape.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Truly excellent counting book. A classic. Great to read in conjunction with an activity.
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Pretty much love everything.
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A cute counting book. The featured dots are large and great for counting.
Ms Threlkeld
Eye-catching illustrations show various ways to create with dots from 1 to 10.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: math
This is one of my favorite books. Having math in the library part of the classroom or math books in the math center is wonderful. it helps children make connections and better understand things.
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was very numbery. I like how they took dots and made things and they did it in number order. ,
Milton Louie
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Imagination with dots. B
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: marlospike
LO didn't take to this. He adores ALL Crews' other books.
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Donald Crews (born August 30, 1938) is an American illustrator and writer of children's picture books. In 2015, the American Library Association (ALA) honored him with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, recognizing his lasting contribution to children's literature. Common subjects of his include modern technology (especially travel vehicles), and childhood memories. His stories often include few ...more
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