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Can you count ten toes? : count to 10 in 10 different languages
Evans, Lezlie.
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Publication Information:
Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Rhyming verses instruct the reader to count different objects in one of ten languages, including Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Tagalog, and Hebrew.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction A-B-C- 1-2-3 Books
PIC. BK. Adult Fiction Picture Books

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In this dynamic counting book you can learn to count in ten different languages: Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Russian, Hindi, Hebrew, and even Zulu! Amaze your teachers, impress your friends, and prepare yourself for world travel with this incredible counting book that's unlike any other. Lezlie Evans's jaunty rhyme and Denis Roche's vibrant illustrations are sure to intrigue young language learners.

Author Notes

Illustrator Denis Roche says, It's fun choosing what colors to use. I think this book has shmone different shades of blue in it. I usually paint for nueve hours a day and then get tired and sleep for shi hours." Roche has written and illustrated numerous books. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island with her family."

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4-8. In this global counting book, each double-page spread shows a dog pointing and counting up to 10 with a child from a different country. They count toes in Japanese, planets in Russian, angelfish in Korean, coins in Zulu, balloons in French, hats in Hindi, a busload of children in Tagalog, boats in Hebrew, lightning bugs in Spanish, and flags in Chinese. The pictures are clear and simple, fun for preschoolers to talk about in their own first language or in another language they are learning. On the left of each picture is a bouncing, rhyming verse in English, and then there is a list of words in big type for numbers 1 to 10, with a pronunciation guide for each number. This is a great book for the English-as-a-second-language classroom, and also for children to see the fun of words in translation. Individual immigrant children will see themselves and the words they use at home; and all children will see beyond their place. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)0395904994Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2A fun and challenging concept book. Each two-page spread is introduced by a rhyme: (Can you count the different coins/spread across the table?/Speaking now in Zulu, try to/count them, if youre able) and includes the words for the numerals from 1 to 10 in a different language: Japanese, Russian, Korean, Hindi, Hebrew, Chinese, French, Tagalog, and Spanish. The gouache cartoon illustrations contain a playful display of the things being enumerated and feature a child from that culture interacting with a smiling cat. An outline map of the continents shows where each language is spoken. In addition to introducing languages, this book also provides a glimpse at other cultures. While younger children will enjoy sharing it with an adult, it is also suitable for beginning readers, who will peruse it at their own speed and memorize the words along the way.JoAnn Jonas, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.