Ten in the Bed: A Counting Book

Age 3 to 5

Ten in the Bed: A Counting Book by David Ellwand

Publisher: Handprint Books
ISBN: 9781929766499

Ten in the bed is a classic rhyme showing that, if you take away one, the number left is the previous counting number: this emphasises the one-less-than relationship between numbers when counting backwards. This book shows the bears that have fallen out as well as those still in the bed, with no number for the former, providing opportunities for children to count the irregularly arranged bears and also to identify the complement to ten each time another bear falls out. Decreasing and increasing staircase patterns can represent the declining number of bears in the bed alongside the growing number of fallen bears.