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# Ten Black Dots

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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!

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!

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Paperback, 32 pages

Published
September 21st 1995
by Greenwillow Books
(first published 1968)

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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 ...more

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

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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:

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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 ...more

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 ...more

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 ...more

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 ...more

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.

Topics: counting, rhyming, numbers 1-10, shapes within everyday objects, colors, reading numbers.

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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
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