Toasty Toes: Counting by Tens


Introduces counting by tens by counting the number of toes on the beach.

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Introduces counting by tens by counting the number of toes on the beach.

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Children's Literature
Practicing counting by tens is fun when it is embedded in a brief, simply told tale of a day on the beach. Toes are the focus, as the ten belonging to the lifeguard climb up on his stand in the morning. More and more different sets of toes arrive to splash, run on the sand, walk on the dock, line up for ice cream, play volleyball, and admire a sand castle, until a hundred toes are toasting around a bonfire at night. Although the bodies with the legs and feet seem to be constructed from cut papers pasted on beach backgrounds, they have been "prepared digitally." Designed to hold attention even as they reinforce the counting, the double-page spreads also demonstrate the possibilities of computer imagery. Boxes of ten dots accumulate along the side of the pages to help visualize the numbers as they rise. Part of the "Know Your Numbers" series, the book concludes with additional "fun facts," hidden numbers to search out, and Web sites to visit. 2006, Picture Window Books/Capstone Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404819269
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Series: Know Your Numbers Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 694,799
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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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