Tail Feather Fun: Counting by Tens

Tail Feather Fun: Counting by Tens

by Michael Dahl

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Introduces counting by tens by counting the number of woodpeckers sitting in a tree.


Introduces counting by tens by counting the number of woodpeckers sitting in a tree.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
Woodpeckers have ten prominent tail feathers and this book uses that to its advantage. Counting tail feathers on redheaded woodpeckers helps children learn how to count by tens. In a "take-away" plan, this book begins with 100 tail feathers on birds sitting in a tree. It then progresses with the numbers 90 to 0, as one bird flies away on each two-page spread. This backward progression is fun for youngsters. This book, like others in the "Know Your Numbers" series, utilizes blocks of ten at the bottom of each spread to help with counting. Additionally, numbers from 100 to 0 are hidden in the illustrations to add appeal. The illustrations of the redheaded woodpeckers enhance the text and some simple rhyming sentences add to the presentation. End material consists of facts, a glossary, a safe Web site, and answers to where the hidden numbers can be found.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-These four books all tell their stories through the structure of counting by 10, and they do so in various ways. Ten ants carry off picnic food, 10 woodpeckers each have 10 tail feathers and the number of feathers decreases by 10 as each bird flies away, a young bear gives away 10-petaled flowers to folks in his community, and 10 toes join the fun at the beach. Throughout the books, the featured numbers are hidden in the collage-style illustrations and are shown through a grid with a matching number of dots. Although there is certainly a need for easy books to use when teaching the times tables, there is no need for four such similar ones, and none of these books is outstanding. The texts are choppy, the illustrations are uneven, and the elements seem disjointed. Toasty Toes and Tail Feather Fun are the best of this bunch, but there are better choices for math picture books, such as Stuart J. Murphy's "MathStart" series (HarperCollins).-Genevieve Gallagher, Murray Elementary School, Charlottesville, VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Know Your Numbers Series
Product dimensions:
10.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Dahl is the prolific author of the bestselling Goodnight Baseball picture book and more than 200 other books for children and young adults. He has won the AEP Distinguished Achievement Award three times for his nonfiction, a Teacher's Choice award from Learning magazine, and a Seal of Excellence from the Creative Child Awards. And he has won awards for his board books for the earliest learners, Duck Goes Potty and Bear Says "Thank You!" Dahl has written and edited numerous graphic novels for younger readers, authored the Library of Doom adventure series, the Dragonblood books, Trollhunters, and the Hocus Pocus Hotel mystery/comedy series. Dahl has spoken at schools, libraries, and conferences across the US and the UK, including ALA, AASL, IRA, and Renaissance Learning. He currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota in a haunted house.

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