Oh, my goodness, this book is TOO cute! This month we are focusing on apples as part of our "curriculum." I blindly picked this up at the library since it had apples in it and it looks like it had some counting. Oh, but there is so much more! First of all, the author is Pat Hutchins who also authored Rosie'S Walk. This had to be an all time favorite for me as a teacher.
Well, Ten Red Apples is equally enjoyable and very educational. There is a farmer who is so proud of his apple tree that has ten red apples. He says, "Yippee, fiddle-dee-fee. Along come different animals on the farm and pluck an apple from the tree. Each time we learn the name of an animal, how it chews and what sound it makes. The farmer is distraught and yells after each one, "Save some for me!" We also learn about counting and subtraction. At the end, the farmer's wife is sad because there are no apples left for her to make a pie until the farmer discovers another apple tree!
The story is cute with lots of repetition and the illustrations are simple and colorful. My 21 month old son loves this book and we are using it to count apples, learn about animals on the farm, and practicing new vocabulary. I would recommend this book from ages 2-6. Enjoy!