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TEN RED APPLES by Virginia Miller


A Bartholomew Bear Counting Book

by Virginia Miller & illustrated by Virginia Miller

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-7636-1901-9
Publisher: Candlewick

Bartholomew, the pudgy butterscotch bear, rejoins his friends Little Black Kitten and George in this colorful counting story. Bartholomew seems to have done away with his favorite word, “Nah,” in favor of his apple tree and all that can be done with it. Not least of all counting the red apples. As the green apples on his tree ripen one by one to candy-apple red, the reader counts them. On the far left of each spread, a bright color band pictures the plucked apples, and represents them with the appropriate numeral and the number spelled out. The rest of the spread is filled with Bartholomew and his two friends involved in activities with the majestic tree. As the uncomplicated story unfolds, readers see that, among other things, “He loves swinging from its branches,” and hiding beneath its fallen leaves. When Little Black Kitten gets stuck high in the apple tree, the bigger bear, George, joins Bartholomew in the rescue. His friends are also willing to lend a hand when it comes to using those ten sweet apples in the ultimate delicious way. In a watercolor palate ranging from juicy bright to powder soft and outlined in crayon-textured black, Miller’s (In a Minute!, 2001, etc.) illustrations are picture-perfect for youngsters. The text is bold and simple, and the format is varied so to appeal to any learning style, making counting almost effortless. (Picture book. 3-6)