Ten Friends by Bruce Goldstone

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A riotous counting book that ends in a grand tea party for 100 friends.

If you could ask 10 friends to tea,
tell me who those friends would be.

You might invite 9 bears and 1 forest ranger. Or perhaps you'd choose 4 divers, 3 chauffeurs, and 3 drivers. Whichever group of friends you count, you'll still wind up with 10.

But what happens if all of your friends come? Put all the groups together and they add up to a whole lot more than 10--there are 100 friends coming for tea! Rollicking rhymes and cheerful pictures create a delightful introduction to simple addition concepts.

About Bruce Goldstone

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Bruce Goldstone has worked in educational publishing for nearly twenty years. He lives and works in New York City. His first book, The Beastly Feast (illustrated by Blair Lent), won a Parent's Choice Silver Honor.Heather Cahoon makes her debut on the Holt list with Ten Friends. She is also the author and illustrator of Word Play ABC. She lives and works in Montgomery, NY.
Published January 1, 2001 by Scholastic. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“If you could ask 10 friends to tea, tell me who your friends would be.” Then, sequentially, he adds two numbers together to make ten, then three numbers to make ten, then four, and so on, from a simple “If you ask 8 trusty tailors, they could come with 2 proud plumbers,” to the more brain-baking...

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Whenever the equations lengthen beyond two addends, the rhyming text takes on jovial patter-song silliness: "How about 1 prince, 1 painter, and 2 potters, 1 diner, 1 miner, 1 major, and 3 otters?"

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