Ten on the Sled
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Ten on the Sled

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by Kim Norman, Liza Woodruff
     
 

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Author Kim Norman (Crocodaddy) and illustrator Liza Woodruff have whipped up a rollicking, jolly, snow-filled adventure!
In the land of the midnight sun, all the animals are having fun speeding down the hill on Caribou's sled. But as they go faster and faster, Seal, Hare, Walrus, and the others all fall off…until just Caribou's left, only and lonely.

Overview

Author Kim Norman (Crocodaddy) and illustrator Liza Woodruff have whipped up a rollicking, jolly, snow-filled adventure!
In the land of the midnight sun, all the animals are having fun speeding down the hill on Caribou's sled. But as they go faster and faster, Seal, Hare, Walrus, and the others all fall off…until just Caribou's left, only and lonely. Now, a reindeer likes flying-but never alone, so…one through ten, all leap on again!
An ideal picture book for reading-and singing along with—over and over.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—In this counting book, a caribou and his Arctic friends pull a toboggan uphill; with 10 aboard, they speed down the mountain. One by one, they fall off the sled: "Seal spilled out," "hare hopped out," "sheep shot out," and so on. While squirrel, who is wearing a skull-and-crossbones hat, squeezes out of polar bear's paws onto a pine-tree branch and almost gets struck by a zooming pinecone. All those wipeouts create a big snowball made of the various animals, and the race is on. Will it be the snowball or the sled that reaches the bottom first? Part of the fun of sledding is to trudge back up the hill to do it again, and that is what happens. The comic-style illustrations in watercolor have hints of pastel and colored pencil, especially in the sky, which gives the landscape a winter warmth while the characters themselves exhibit a playful, cheery spirit. Colored typeface for each number from ten to one adds to the page design, and alliteration plays a part in the rhyming pattern. A light read for libraries with a high demand for winter-themed books.—Sara Lissa Paulson, American Sign Language and English Lower School PS 347, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
A caribou, polar bear, moose, wolf, walrus, squirrel, bighorn sheep, fox, hare and seal all pile onto a toboggan, beginning a North Country riff on the familiar chant: "There were TEN on the sled / and the caribou said, / 'Slip over! Slide over!' / So they all slid over, / and Seal spilled out." One by one, the animals tumble off, each with a different active verb (Hare hops out, Sheep shoots out, Walrus whirls out, etc.). The final line of each stanza is printed with lively disorder, swooping, jumping and sliding on the page. Woodruff adds extra humor by collecting all of the fallen animals in an increasingly bigger snowball that rolls down the hill alongside the toboggan. What with animal identification, counting, vocabulary building and print awareness all scaffolded on a can't-lose rhyme, this one's a keeper. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402770760
Publisher:
Sterling Children's Books
Publication date:
10/05/2010
Pages:
26
Sales rank:
209,618
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD380L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Kim Norman is a graphic designer, singer, actress, and writer of books for young readers. She is the author of several other picture books, including If It's Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws!; Crocodaddy; and Puddle Pug (all Sterling). She and her husband live in Smithfield, VA. Visit Kim online at kimnormanbooks.com.   Liza Woodruff has illustrated many children's books, including If It's Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws! (Sterling) and How About a Kiss from Me? (Dutton). She lives in northern VT with her husband, Tom, and their two children. Learn more about her at lizawoodruff.com.

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Ten on the Sled 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
bassgiraffe More than 1 year ago
From the moment I saw front cover I fell in love with this book, then upon reading this fun crazy sled ride, I was even more in love with it. The artwork on this book is vivid and detailed. Liza Woodruff truly captured the images of each animal as if they were real. I have to say that the Moose is my favorite and Lee Lee loves the Seal & Walrus. But really the animals are so cute. The story flows very well together and makes it fun to read out loud. I love reading it to her every night. I also love how the book helps teach your child to count while laughing at each animal as they fall off the sled. We also learn that playing alone is no fun, and the Caribou has his friends join him again to play at the end of the book. I think this is a perfect Holiday book for your family. It's cute, a quick read, and makes you feel all warm and wintery. --------------------- I received a free sample to facilitate my review. This post reflects my honest, personal opinion and experience with the product which may differ from yours. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.
KinderTeachr More than 1 year ago
Don't quite understand the complaint that this a "small book." The dimensions are larger than most of the picture books I own (I'm a kindergarten teacher with a ton of them) and it has the same number of pages as all the other books on my shelf. And besides, it's GORGEOUS. Love the clever twist on the old song "Ten on the Bed" with the added excitement of a race. My students were familiar with the song, so they recognized the pattern and took it to heart like a beloved classic the first time I read it. They giggled at Liza Woodruff's hilarious illustrations while learning about counting, alliteration and arctic animals. We'll keep reading this one throughout the winter.
TxBookLover More than 1 year ago
This picture book is a must have for every child's bookshelves. Norman's adapation is charming. The alliteration of the animal names with their actions is perfectly placed and the cumulative aspect of the story makes it a fun read aloud sure to be requested over and over again. Woodruff's illustrations are truly beautiful artwork. TEN ON THE SLED will become a classic to be cherished by generations. This book is a fun story with such visual beauty that no adult will mind reading it again -- and again!
moirawrite More than 1 year ago
What child can resist the "ten on a bed" story, especially when it's been adapted with incredible cleverness and finesse into a winter story with winter animals? Norman's spot-on rhyme and Woodruff's amazing illustrations make this take on an old standard absolutely appealing to young and old. And it's perfectly timed to hold young readers riveted from start to finish, ending just before squirm time sets in. Don't spend another winter without this book - it's a fantastic ride!
QinMA More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my three year old son! We read it over and over! It flows well and the iilustrations are awesome.
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Beautifully illustrated in watercolor, pastels, and colored pencil, the pages seem to come alive while reading this take off of Ten on the Bed. I love the setting choice, "the moonlit land of the midnight sun", hence the choice of animals. That could be a learning lesson for primary students. The large colorful animated illustrations, along with Gramma singing the words, captured the attention of my 9 month old granddaughter.
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GrandmaJaneMN More than 1 year ago
Always searching for stories that are fun and great to share with grandchildren. The illustrations make us want to join the fun!
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I am disappointed with this book. The only option is to read it to your child. We do read all the time to our children, however I like the books on my i-pad when we are traveling and they can be read to while I am driving. I thought this book would be cute and the kids would enjoy the sing-song of the book.
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