Monday, February 8, 2010

Ten Good Rules: A Counting Book

Ten Good Rules: A Counting Book, written by Susan Remick Topek, is a short, colorful, very kid-friendly introduction to the Ten Commandments and the numbers one through ten. Each commandment is written in easy-to-understand language. For instance, the ninth commandment is simply explained as, “Do not tell lies.”

The illustrations by Tod Cohen are bright photographs of children acting out the parts. A couple of the photographs include adults. All the pages have colorful “block” borders with the corresponding number in one of the blocks and a photo of a child’s hand (or hands) holding up the appropriate number of fingers.

What I Like: Everything.

What I Dislike: Nothing.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Age Appeal: A suggested age group is 4-8, but I think kids even a bit younger, maybe 2-3-year-olds would like the bright colors and photographs, and the introduction to the numbers.

Publisher Info: Kar-ben Publishing, 2006; ISBN: 158013209X; Paperback, $7.95.

Buy now at $7.95. 
Special Info: Kar-ben Publishing is a press that specializes in Jewish books for children. Although this book was written for children of the Jewish faith, its tenants are ones we should all keep in mind. The only obvious reference to the Jewish faith is the sentence: “Celebrate Shabbat,” which would be equivalent to “Remember the Sabbath day.”

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