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Library : Book Reviews > Ten Apples Up On Top

Ten Apples Up On Top
By Theo. LeSieg (Dr. Suess)
Illustrated by Roy McKie

Review by: Angela Vargas

      Ten Apples Up On Top is such a fun counting book. There are three animal characters, a lion, a tiger and a dog that take us through this circus like adventure. The lion starts us off with the balancing of one fallen apple atop is head. He decides, hey, if I can do this I am sure I can do two! Then, along comes dog, sporting his two apples atop his head. Now the contest is on! Look three...then four...but they don't stop there. First comes the jump rope, then tree climbing, all while balancing four apples on their heads. Enter the tiger. How many apples atop his head? Well five of course. Six, then seven, then high wire walking. They each continue to try to out-do each other, while our children laughingly learn to count. Their escapades develop until they reach ten, then "Look out! I see a mop." A big angry bear chases after the three acrobats with a wet mop. Will the apples fall off? We will have to see. She chases them down the stairs and out the door, swinging all the way, but not a single apple does drop. Oh dear - hungry birds begin to descend, with open beaks. Off they go with ten apples each atop their heads, with the birds and the bear in hot pursuit. Then more bears join the chase, with pots and bats and croquet mallets. "Come on!", they shout. "We have to make the apples fall." On and on they go, racing and chasing until.... BAM! They all crash into, of all things, an apple cart. "Look! Ten apples on us all!" They all end up with apples atop their heads and smiles on their faces, as will our children have smiles on their faces after reading this fun loving, counting story. The best fun of all, is that they don't even realize they are learning to count!
     I recommend this book for ages 3-5.

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