Counting ten striped sheep to go to sleep is just perfect for Sammy Jo. So what’s a girl to do when ten spotted sheep gatecrash and want to be counted too?
Title: Ten Sheep to Sleep
Author: Nidhi Kamra
Illustrator: Eugene Ruble
ISBN: 9781616338602 Language: English
Themes: counting, skip-counting, problem-solving
What’s it about?
Sammy Jo has a bedtime routine. She counts her ten striped sheep and then she goes to sleep – it works every time. Then one night ten more sleep turn up because they’re out of a job with the neighbour next door. The problem is Sammy Jo doesn’t need another ten sleep to count to go to sleep.
This story has a clear beginning, middle, end, and purpose. The story flows from one page to the next very well and keeps the momentum going.
DC comic book superheroes are pictured – not sure if there was permission for that.
This book was actually longer than I expected. When I first read the description I immediately thought it would be another counting book with a sentence on each page but was pleasantly surprised to find that this book is more than that. Sammy Jo is certainly a character that is likeable. She has a routine with her striped sheep and counts to ten each night; when she is posed with the problem of ten spotted sheep she attempts to resolve it. Her suggestions however to resolve the issue are quite funny – she suggests different family members they could go to but each one already has something else they count with – such as superheroes, bags and racecars. It’s then, after a bit of thought, that Sammy Jo comes up with a solution – to count them by 2s – and it works perfectly.
In the classroom this has a two-fold benefit. For students still learning to count to ten you can do activities that focus on one-on-one correspondence. For students who are already beyond this they can focus on skip-counting beginning with 2s and working on from there. Personally though I recommend this also for homeschooling parents and parents of toddlers. For perspective my 3 year old daughter can already count to 100 and can show her understanding the concept of 1. In comparison my 3 year old son is still developing his counting to 10 and still learning the concept of 1. So for me at this point this book is already a great go-to for teaching and learning.