Donald Crews - Ten Black Dots

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TEN BLACK DOTS And So Much MORE!

May 1, 2008
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Pros:nice counting book, creative

Cons:none

The Bottom Line: This is a fun book to read with preschoolers and toddlers.


Ten Black Dots is a creative children’s counting book. It was written by Donald Crews and published by Scholastic Books. It was published in 1968. I purchased this book from one of Scholastic’s book order forms and I used it quite a lot when I was teaching preschool.

The Book
There is no story nor plot in this book. Instead it is more of a counting book but it is very creative in it’s lessons. It is a simple concept though. It uses only black dots to count but the black dots can become so many different things with just a little imagination!

The first page has no illustrations but simply asks the question:

”What can you do with ten black dots?”

Each page thereafter, has a certain number of dots on it. The first page has one, the second page has two, and so on, all the way up to ten. But, there are not simply dots on pages. The dots are used to make up other things.

For example, one dot can be the sun or the moon and two dots can be a fox’s eyes or the holes in two keys. This continues all the way up to ten black dots becoming balloons stuck in trees.

Text and Illustrations
This book has 28 pages in it. Each page has between 5 and 15 words on it though most have no more than 10 words. The words are simple and just name the objects that are made with the dots though a few pages include an action such as “seeds from which the flowers grow.” The words are simple and written in big bold text for easy, quick reading.

The illustrations are creative and fun. The illustrations themselves are black line drawings with colors filled in They are full of colors but every page includes the right number of black dots for it’s respective page. The black dots are all the same size and are uniform in their presentation. Still, using your imagination, they can be anything you want them to be.

My Thoughts
I really like this counting book. It is a little bit different from most counting books and this makes it fun. I read this book in many preschool classes that I taught. The children always thought it was a lot of fun and they were able to be very creative.

After reading this book, I would give each child a certain number of cut out black dots. They were to glue them on a piece of paper and make them into something creative of their own. We made our own classroom books using these pictures that the children made and they felt so special to have “written” a book!

Additionally, when I read this book to my own daughter, she was able to come up with many other things that each number of dots could be. For example, the two dots became eyes on any number of people or animals, the wheels on a bicycle, and the two pizzas she wanted to eat. She had fun listing all of the things she could think of for each number. It was fun to read this book with her!

My son is just not starting to be interested in this book. He likes to point to the dots and show me where they are. I name them and some of the words he names back to me. He uses his finger to point as I count the dots on each page.

Recommendations
I definitely recommend this book for toddlers and preschoolers. There is so much each age group can get out of this book in addition to learning to count. I like this book’s creativity and fun ideas. It is fun to read aloud in a group setting or to an individual child.

Happy Reading!!


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