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Ten Little Rabbits

by Virginia Grossman

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Ten Little Rabbits helps introduce children to the Native American culture through colorful illustrations and the simple depiction of aspects of Native American life. This book, when used within the classroom can be used as part of a cultural and historical introduction to Native Americans. Students can be asked to research the colorful blanket designs to find which Native American tribe may have used them, as well as be asked to research whether the daily life depicted in the book is factual to the daily life of Native Americans. ( )
  DJSimpson | Oct 8, 2013 |
A beautiful counting book depicting rabbits dressed in native blankets.
  flickins | Jul 23, 2010 |
Counting book that describes what life was like as a native American. Great learning book for 2nd and 3rd grade. Liked the book.
  chron002 | Apr 6, 2009 |
Wise and playful rabbits take the reader through a world celebrating different Native American cultures and practices. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of picture books depicting Native Americans as animals I would only use this book if I had other picture books of Native American people.
  kwillis | Mar 15, 2009 |
Ten Little Rabbits is a counting book from 1 to 10 using a Native American theme. This book starts out with one lonely traveler riding on the plain and ends up with ten sleepy weavers knowing the day is done. On the last page of the book, there is ten different tribes’ patterns of blankets and what they mean.

I really like this book. Each page is designed after a different tribe by the clothing that the rabbits are wearing. And I like that the drawings are not stereotypical of Native Americans. The illustrations are showing typical activities in a normal day.

My extensions to this book would be to have the students draw their own designs for blankets and then when the drawings were finished, they would be hung up in groups of ten for everyone to look at. Another idea could be to choose a tribe from the back of the book to research and share what the students found out. This would be done in groups with an adult supervision and assistance.
  ds119933 | Oct 19, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0811810577, Paperback)

This winner of the Parents Magazine "Best Book of the Year" award is a simple counting book that celebrates Native American culture--and rabbits, of course. Each of Sylvia Long's detailed, painterly double-page illustrations has an old-fashioned quality that gives the book the feel of classic children's literature from the turn of the century. The accompanying text is a simple, rhythmic series of rhyming couplets. "Three busy messengers sending out the news" has three rabbits using one of their blankets to send smoke signals across a grassy river valley; "Four clever trackers looking for some clues" shows intrepid little hunters with bows and arrows examining the enormous paw-print of a bear. After "Ten sleepy weavers knowing day is done," an extra panel shows one rabbit hunched over a campfire while the other nine sleep soundly. A cut above the mass of counting books. (Baby to age 4) --Richard Farr

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A counting rhyme with illustrations of rabbits in Native American costume, depicting traditional customs such as rain dances, hunting, and smoke signals. Includes a glossary with additional information on the customs.

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