Crews, Donald. Ten Black Dots. New York: Scholastic, Inc., 1968 & 1986.
Reading a variety of books to a child is important. Counting books are important for young children, because they introduce the language of numbers and mathematics. Also they can be very fun. This is a terrific counting book. The pictures are simple, creative, and instructive.
What can you do with 10 black dots? A book is what Donald Crews could do! Here is my take on Ten Black Dots. After reading this book, perhaps you and a young person could draw your own version of this book.
What can you do with one black dot?
Donald made a sun and moon.
I would make a star in June.
What would you do with two black dots?
Donald made keys and the eyes of a fox.
I might draw two round rocks.
Donald used three black dots
To make a snowman’s face.
I would make a tricycle for a race!
For you and me, Donald drew four black seeds!
With four black dots, I’d make tires on a car.
That car would carry me far, far, far.
Five portholes wink from a ship he drew.
Five is a terrific number. With five black dots, I might draw
The five Black-eyed Susans I recently saw.
Donald drew six marbles, half old, half new.
I like marbles.
I’d draw them too!
Seven stones raked from a garden is what Donald drew.
My garden has too many stones to count.
I would draw screws on a telescope mount.
Donald made eight dots for the wheels of a train.
I might draw four pair of spider eyes,
Gleaming under the star lit skies.
The heads of nine toy soldiers was drawn for us.
What would I draw?
Nine scoops of chocolate ice cream before they thaw.
Ten balloons stuck in a tree, then loosed were illustrated.
Two ladybugs upon a beach,
I’d draw them with 5 dots each.
Make your own pictures and count every dot
Or read this book and find out what Donald thought.