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Feast for 10 BRDBK Edition
Contributor(s): Falwell, Cathryn
ISBN: 0618382267     ISBN-13: 9780618382262
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    OUR PRICE: $6.30  
Product Type: Board Book - Other Formats
Published: October 2003
Annotation: A counting book that features an African-American family shopping for food, preparing dinner, and sitting down to eat. Lively read-aloud text.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Counting & Numbers
Dewey: FIC
Academic/Grade Level: Toddlers, Ages 2-4
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 5.00" H x 4.25" W x 0.75" (0.40 lbs) 32 pages
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Contributor Bio(s):
Cathryn Falwell received a BFA degree in printmaking from the University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts. After launching a graphic design business and then a family, she began to write and illustrate children's books, something she'd wanted to do since second grade. Ms. Falwell lives in Gorham, Maine with her husband and their two sons.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1995 February #1)
A family's dinner preparations, from supermarket to table, are the foundation of what PW dubbed a ``cozy counting book.'' Ages 4-8. (Feb.) Copyright 1995 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1993 May #2)
Readers go from one to 10 twice in this cozy counting book, as an African American brood prepares a bountiful dinner for the extended family. Mother and the five kids start at the supermarket (``one cart . . . two pumpkins . . . three children''), unload groceries at home (with the father's help), do the cooking and then ``ten hungry folks'' sit down to dinner. Falwell's ( Shape Space ; the Nicky books) cut-paper illustrations are characteristically crisp and colorful--a homey touch is added by each page's numerals being fashioned from floral-print fabric. The family-centered images throughout exude warmth: fresh-baked pies, a baby asleep on its mother's shoulder, carrots being washed and peeled. Even though individual pictures seem a bit bland, the overall impression here is one of reassuring coziness. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) Copyright 1993 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1996 October)
K-Gr 4 Three of the most charming picture books to come along in recent years have been made available in book-on-tape format. All are of superior quality with strong narration. In Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell, the numbers one through ten are used to illustrate the story of a cheerful, extended family as they shop for and cook their dinner. Rain Player by David Wisniewski, the dramatic tale of Pik, who challenges the rain god to a game of pok-a-tok to save his drought-ridden village, comes to life with wonderfully intense narration. The best of the three new releases in this series is Tap Tap by Karen Lynn Williams, the story about a young Haitian girl who accompanies her mother to the market to sell oranges. They have to walk because Sasifi's mother can't afford to pay for them to ride the tap-tap (bus), so named because passengers tap on the side of the bus to tell the driver to stop. Circumstances finally allow them to ride the bus home. The narration by Margarita Taylor is superlative, with her rich, vibrant voice making you feel as if you are actually in Haiti. Backed by cheerful Caribbean music, her voice sweeps listeners into the story. A page-turn signal tells readers when to turn the pages. This is carefully explained at the beginning of each tape, along with a description of the first page of text, so children know where to begin the book. Any or all of these would be welcome additions to any library, but Tap-Tap is easily the best of the three.-Melissa Hudak, Roscoe Branch Library, Loves Park, IL Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1993 June)
PreS-K-- In this rhyming counting book, an African-American mother and her children shop for and prepare a festive family dinner. At the supermarket, the count begins with one grocery cart and ends with ten hands helping to load the car. Back at home, the father joins in the preparations and the numbers build a second time to ``ten hungry folks'' seated around a table ready to share a tasty meal of fried chicken and greens. The successful rhyme scheme builds a natural rhythm that helps the simple text read smoothly. Collage illustrations combine colored paper, patterned fabrics, and felt in a clear, uncluttered design. Muted colors and simple shapes are set off by a stark white background. Most of the figures, especially the baby girl with her rounded limbs and bouncing braids, are animated and expressive. At times, however, facial features seem slightly stilted and relentlessly cheerful. Still, this is an appealing glance at a typical extended family. --Joy Fleishhacker, New York Public Library Copyright 1993 Cahners Business Information.