Learning is elementary with this collection of concept books. Lynn Reiser uses Ten Puppies to count to 10 in multiple ways. After a shaggy brown dog, whose tag reads "MOM," adopts 10 puppies from a shelter, she groups them by different characteristics, such as "Nine had pink tongues. One had a blue tongue," always adding up to 10. The motley medley of mutts appears in panels on backgrounds of solid colors. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Kids learning their number facts will have fun discovering all the ways these puppies can be counted. From the clever watercolor illustrations, the reader sees that ten puppies (rescued from the Puppy Rescue Center by mama dog) are unique but still share physical attributes. Of these ten dogs, we find that nine have pink tongues and one has a blue tongue, eight have pointed noses and two have flat noses, and so forth. With paired illustrations, every combination of two numbers that add up to ten is demonstrated through this fascinating story of ten puppies. Ears, color patterns, tails, fur types, paws, eyes, and lengths of the dogs show the amazing similarities and differences in this one general grouping. The story ends with all the puppies growing up to be ten dogs. The colorful variety of these puppies is charmingly brought out in the drawings and the story of ten. Little ones will learn about dogs, variations, and numbers�in spite of themselves. 2003, Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 4 to 7.
Carol Raker Collins, Ph.D.
PreS-Gr 2-A lively concept book that tells an appealing story. Reiser presents 10 puppies adopted from an animal rescue center with a tally of their various physical features. "Eight had pointed noses. Two had flat noses./Seven had floppy ears. Three had perky ears." Some basic vocabulary is introduced, as well as some basic arithmetic. The action is kept short and sweet; the brightly colored watercolor illustrations are great fun. Youngsters will love this spirited tale, and will ask for it again and again.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
A kindly mother dog adopts ten puppies from the Puppy Rescue Center in this clever math-influenced tale from Reiser (The Lost Ball / La Pelota Perdita, 2002, etc.). Each puppy is a different breed (or mix), with many different shapes, sizes, and color combinations represented. Each spread divides the ten dogs into two subgroups by some distinction: color of tongue, shape of nose, type of ear, and so on. ("EIGHT had pointed noses. TWO had flat noses.") The corresponding numeral is printed in a bright, contrasting shade next to the primary-hued watercolor illustration that focuses on the characteristic under discussion. Math-minded adults will swiftly see the pattern of different combinations that add up to ten, but to kindergarteners and first-graders just beginning to explore addition, this representational rendering of all the possible combinations will be a novel and welcome way to combat hypothetical story problems. This story can also be used effectively with preschoolers who are learning about counting and classification, as well as the correlation between written number words and numerals. First-grade classroom teachers especially will welcome Reiser's perky puppies, who convey a basic addition lesson with aplomb. (Picture book. 4-7)