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Two Ways to Count to Ten: A Liberian Folktale Paperback – 9 March 2017

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Product details

  • Paperback : 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0805013148
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0805013146
  • Product Dimensions : 19.56 x 0.25 x 25.53 cm
  • Publisher : Square Fish; Reprint Edition (9 March 2017)
  • Reading level : 4 - 7 years
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 26 ratings

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"King Leopard is wise enough to plan for a successor: 'I must seek out the cleverest beast in our jungle. I must find one who is wise enough to rule well.' He plans a contest; the winner is to be named a prince and marry his daughter. Contestants must throw Leopard's spear up in the air and count to ten before it comes to earth again...The story is a strong one and will be an effective read-aloud." --Booklist

"The noted actress retells this lively, well-paced, and involving version of a Liberian folktale. Meddaugh's color-pencil and water-color paintings suit the text well. Readers and listeners of all ages will find this an irresistibly satisfying tale." --Publishers Weekly

"A clever tale about the jungle beasts learning to count, showing once again that being strong is not the same as being smart." --The New York Times

About the Author

Ruby Dee (1922-2014) was an actress and social activist. She was the author of the children's book Two Ways to Count to Ten: A Liberian Folktale.

Susan Meddaugh is the author/illustrator of the Martha Speaks children's books. She also provided the art for Ruby Dee's Two Ways to Count to Ten: A Liberian Folktale.