Ten Apples Up On Top!

By Theo. LeSieg

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noah pan
My kids love this story. Easy for early readers. Seller had used version in very good condition. I bought several Seuss early readers and didn't want to pay $8 each. I'm very happy with the quality, and my daredevil daughter loves to 'read' this to herself regularly.
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zahraa
The book I received was in superb condition. I also want to say the speed of receiving my order was fantastic and I didn't pay for fast shipping. I highly recommend this product for anyone teaching kindergarten.
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kimberley batchelor
A simply- but vividly-illustrated pleasure to not only to read, but to read emphatically.

Another reviewer writes: "Overly cautious parents should be aware of themes such as a big bear chasing the main characters out of her house with a mop, a rolling pin, etc." I add to that that readers of all ages are cautioned against walking along power lines leading into buildings to get to the apples and drinks in the fridge of an upstairs apartment. And against stealing. There is also the pandemonium caused by crashing into a cart holding thousands of apples.
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adam stokes
This was a very good 'I can read it all by myself beginner book'. I read it to my almost 3 year old granddaughter and we loved it. (Also brought back memories of me learning to read it on my own YEARS ago; with one of my elementary school teachers how her smile and nice ways helped me to love to read!) At times the story is rhyming at other times not so much but that is okay because then the words are repeatative which would make it easier for a beginning reader to read it. Also it's a counting book of the apples the characters have on their heads. So my granddaughter and I had a counting lesson as we read as well! A plus! A timeless classic that has withstood the test of time!
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brooke everett
This book is a tour de force for helping with reading and counting to ten, using a vocabulary of only 75 words! A lion, dog, and tiger find many interesting ways to balance ten apples vertically on their heads, building up from only one. Then the birds decide they would like the apples, and the fun really begins. The conclusion will leave your child giggling happily.
Most simple books try to teach only counting or reading. I found it to be a great idea to combine the two. It makes the task both easier and more interesting for your child.
By using only 75 words, there is much repetition to help your youngster identify words that she or he will reuse throughout life. Here is an example:
"One apple up on top!
Two apples up on top!"
The illustrations nicely cue the young person to the words and the numbers involved. With these words I have quoted, you see the lion with the requisite number of apples balanced on top of the head.
The illustrations are also very active, and help draw interest to the story. Mr. Roy McKie's colorful, dynamic illustrations bring the story to life. Otherwise, how interesting can a counting book be?
Most children will have no trouble memorizing this story. Then, they can "read" along as you read aloud. Later, you can stop for certain words that they know how to identify, and they can read that word as part of the sentence you are reading aloud. You can also encourage them to count the number of apples aloud on each creature's head.
You can extend the value of this book by adding some pages of your own that involve numbers beyond ten. Your child will enjoy helping your with the illustrations for those pages. With the simple text structure, you cannot help but match what Dr. Seuss would have written (writing here under his pen name of Theo. Le Sieg -- the reverse of his real last name).
As an adult, I also encourage you to consider creating other books for your children to learn from. You could take this same structure, and introduce other nouns as well. Beyond that, you could also use this structure (with tiny amendments) to teach new verbs. By adding only a few dozen words, you can greatly expand your child's ability to enjoy stories!
Keep it simple, and everything can be understood!
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abbybrook
Three animals compete in the first half of the book to see who can have the most apples on top of their head. During the second half of the book, they escape an angry mob, happily collide with an apple truck, and end up giving the entire town ten apples on their heads as well. (What fun! Ten apples up on top! We are not going to let them drop!)

This is a good book both for early readers, and for young children learning to talk. Very simple, rhyming vocabulary, of the sort with intuitive spellings (so much of English orthography is a mess...!)

Please note that I do not recommend the board book version at all. They cut out the entire second half of the book, as well as good parts of the first half. In addition, the board book is poorly constructed. Just wait and get the real version instead.
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karen graves castilano
I was not lucky enough to have this book as a kid, but my kid was! Perfect for K'ers and first graders. Terrific for kids struggling with reading. Print is medium-sized and easy to read. You can practice counting as well, and kids enjoy the competitive antics between the animals that ends in a big crash. Sixty-three pages of fun. Written by Dr. Seuss when he wasn't drawing racist cartoons. Buy used so you don't support his descendants.
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donna west
First of all, this is a very cute book that we have loved reading with our daughter. Out of no where, she picked this book up and read it cover to cover. In skimming through the book, I realized that this book is full of sight words, making it a great book for beginners. We are so sick of the silly sight words books, created specifically using sight words, and so they are of little creative value. But this is actually a classic book with a great and fun story, that is actually packed with sight words. Boosts her confidence, exercises her new skills. Love it!
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emily wood
Ten Apples Up On Top! is a fun counting book full of rhymes where three friends put apples on their heads and count them as they compete for the most apples up on top. I have read this book the children many times and they often ask to hear it more than once so I know they enjoy it.
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kim annabella
I'm not a fan of Dr. Seuss, but this was a cute rhyming book that helps kids count.

My nephew loved it and counted along, laughing when they all fell of their heads and they had to clean them all up.

(My sister purchased this book for my nephew through an I Can Read book club.)
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aj oakes
An inspired bit of whimsy. Using spare text for very beginning readers, this story tells the absurd tale of a dog, a lion, and a tiger who start balancing apples on their heads. Soon they each have a bunch of apples stacked on top of themselves, having purloined a few from a bear's icebox. The bear is not happy with this and seeks to topple their apples with her mop. While the apple stackers start out as rivals, they soon become friends as a variety of spoilsports end up chasing our heroes, trying to get the precarious apples to fall off their heads - all of which leads to a spectacular and pleasing ending. The cartoon illustrations are direct and manage to do much with little. This story is a masterpiece of escalation, silly joy, counting, and simple vocabulary all in one. I still enjoy it as an adult!
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doris gwaltney
I remember this book from when I was a chlid and I thought my kids would enjoy it. It scores high for the nostalgia factor, but it is a "Theo Lesieg" book, which I find aren't nearly as good as the real deal Dr. Suess books. There is a reason he let someone else illustrate this one...

It all starts out pretty straightforward. Stacking apples on heads, I mean, who hasn't had an apple stacking competition, right? I know that I personally can stack no less than twenty apples up on top. Nothing goes with a little apple stacking like breaking and entering. And we all know that the reaction any sane creature would have to a pack of wild animals in their kitchen attempting to stack (stolen) apples on their heads would be to grab the nearest mop and slap the apples off. In fact, the whole town knows this, which is why the crew gets chased out of town. No need to call the police or press charges though, we just crashed into an apple cart which in the illustration shows a number of smashed apples, but the aftermath is somehow just everyone with apples balancing on top of our heads. The truth is much more gruesome - several died that day in that terrible apple cart accident, and they should not be forgotten.

Seriously, though, the writing isn't that great. It is trying too hard to not be nonsense and it just makes it stupid. Some of the rhyming seems like the good doctor was just feeling a bit lazy when he wrote it.
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christine gardener
This is a great book for a toddler. Very simple words, and counting too. There are a couple pages where the animals each have different numbers of apples on their heads, and I always stop my two-year-old and ask him to count the apples on each of them. He also likes to identify each of the animals: dog, lion, tiger, bear.

He is also learning to read with this book. He can read words like "top" and "ten" and "apples." He really surprised me though by memorizing some of the text, so that on every page he knows the first couple words! "Look, see!" "Look out!" "Come on!"

I loved this book as a kid, and yours will too. I guess the board book is not the full book, so I would get the paper-paged book once your child is old enough to not tear it apart.
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redwolf
We got this book passed down to us by a friend. My daughter (now 3) has loved it since she was two. We have the full version, not the board book. The story is charming and I love the counting. My daughter often picks it to be read to her. She loved the drawings, charming rhymes, counting. She loved the scene where they crash into the apple cart. A great book.
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darren m
My son loved the "Ten Apples Up On Top" (Hardcover) book I borrowed for him from the library so much that I ordered a copy of our own. Thinking that the board book would be more sturdy, that's what I ordered. Never imagined that the board book could be only less than half of the full version, you can imagine the surprise and disappointement we had when we sat down to read it together. Now I know to compare the number of pages when I order. I wish there were some kind of clearer indication and warning about Board book version not being the full version somewhere in the Product Description.
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luana
Although this is not the full version of the Ten Apples we have read through the library, my grandchildren bring this to me to read over and over again. It absorbs their interest immediately with each child counting apples as they increase on the heads of the silly animals! It's esay to pick up and easy to read. They know the words and never tire of becoming a part of it again!
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rob dennis
Ten Apples up on Top is about three animals who like to build apples on their heads. I like this book because it is by Dr. Seuss and I like his books. This book is funny and I like balancing apples on my head. My favorite part is when the animals run into the humungous apple truck!
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jill bonham
We must tip our hats to the good doctor and his collaborators for a magnificent plot (complete with building tension, climax, and resolution), a fine range of emotions (pride, annoyance, fear, and unbridled joy), and absurdist fantasy (Just how do all those apples stay balanced? How could a lion, tiger, and dog be the same size?)--all accomplished in only 75 words, most of merely one syllable. Let us also praise the clear and clever illustrations, which while a departure from the Seuss style, serve this story just fine as far as this reviewer is concerned.

The best page is the tiger, all by himself, holding his tail suggestively, gleefully orating on the merits of apple-accumulating.

Five, six, seven

Fun, fun, fun!

Seven, six, five,

four, three, two one!
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manisha
We like the rhyme and the storyline of this little book. We like how the apples just do not look like they could possibly balance another moment. The drawings are cute. The competition is harmless. The counting practice is helpful. this is a fun book that's a great read for toddlers and babies.
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scott bishop
This is a cute book in the beginner books series which helps learn to count in a little different way. Familiar Seussian wordplay is fun to read and fun for the kids. Overly cautious parents should be aware of themes such as a big bear chasing the main characters out of her house with a mop, a rolling pin, etc.
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mark price
How many apples can you place on top of your head...one, two, three? This book is really fun. As a child I remember counting the apples "up on top" of the characters heads. With each turn of the page a new and more outrageous event takes place as well as the addition of more "apples up on top". My girls listen attentively through the entire book and love the conclusion each time we read it.
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jacqueline silvester
This book is about tiger and a dog and a lion are sharing apples and putting them on their heads. I like this book because it is funny and they are silly. Sometimes they are even mean. You should read this book if you like Dr. Seuss!
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pam singleton
Ten Apples Up On Top is clearly the most underrated of the Seuss books, and perhaps the best! My son absolutely loves the three characters and he's earned so much about counting to ten. It's a fun little story and it's not simply page after page of ridiculous rhymes.
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jeremy joseph
My daughter wanted this book read to her several times a day, every day, for months when she was two. It is wonderful, predictable text and teaches counting and rhyming. Dr. Seuss didn't put his name on it originally because it wasn't up to his standards, but it's still a great little kid book!
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dyani
Review by Sherry North, Author, Because You Are My Baby

Ten Apples Up on Top is a good introduction to counting and addition for preschoolers. My 3-year-old loves it. He counts the apples on every page and never gets bored. Me, on the other hand - I would have liked the book to have more of a storyline.
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heather carnes
I bought this to read to my son and found that I remembered reading it as a child. It is an excellent book to start reading with! I got so I could recite it and, as soon as I said "one..." my son would smile. The illustrations are great--red, black, white and yellow--again perfect for a very young child. A great story--I didn't even know until recently that Theo. LeSieg is in fact Dr. Seuss--d'oh!
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praphulla parab
This book is unbelievably good for early readers. My son started reading right after he turned 4. The book is written using about 85 basic words that all kids need to learn (sight words). Once they know these words they can read a lot of other books. The value in Ten Apples is NOT the illustrations, counting or the story. Put simply, it is a wonderful tool to get your child reading. My son (4 yrs and 3 months) can read this book to himself easily. Those 85 words help him read all other books that he wants to. Those looking for a good book to practice sight words must buy this book.
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barroni brown
One of the books which I keep wondering why I don't really like it. But there are lots of small reasons, none of them major but they all add up.

Firstly, the illustrations, while simple are dull, there is only black red and I think yellow or brown. It just doesn't bring things to life

Secondly, the story seems pointless - animals putting apples on their heads. I am probably missing the point as my children enjoy the story - but as a nonsense rhyme it doesn't appeal to me

Thirdly, while there is counting, I don't get a sense of drama out of it which I think they are trying to imbue to get you counting the apples.

This could have been better in a number of ways, but I will pretty much hope my children pick something else to read. There is little to appeal to adults in this one. (which is important I think for a children's book, after all, it is usually the adult who reads it to them at this age.)
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mojang
I thought this was a Dr Seuss book but it turns out he has only done the text and the book is illustrated by somebody else. Dr Seuss illustrations seem to be really popular with my child but this book has not become one of his favourite books.
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leslie algozin
I remember liking this book as a child and I thought I could get this book for my daughter. The board book has been so abridged that it lacks a lot of things that I thought were funny. AND what about that "climatic ending" where the apples all topple - Not there! I wouldn't even recognize the wording in the board book as Dr. Suess's.
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