Tuesday, November 20, 2012

"Ten in the Den" by John Butler (Review & Giveaway)

Hardcover: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-344-3
Last summer I feel in love with the books and artistry of John Butler.  He is a gifted story-teller and illustrator of books for the very young.  I reviewed Hush, Little Ones back in July  (Read my review)  and recently While You Were Sleeping (Read my review).

"Ten In the Den" is a large, hardcover picture book that takes young children through counting to ten.  Butler has a delightful re-take on "there were 10 in the bed and the little one said, 'Roll over, Roll over." Each page is illustrated with a clutch of a variety of critters tucked in the den.  Each page has one less because one rolled out (or rather was pushed out by tiny mouse).

Butler's illustrations are again beautiful and will entertain and draw the young child's interest. Soft colors and edges of pictures create a lulling that is suited for bedtime or nap-time reading. Of course, it can be read at any time; and I can just hear the giggles as the reader sings along the "roll over, roll over" as each critter is pushed out of the den.

But this time, when the little one (mouse) is left all alone in the den, he is lonely and rolls out to seek his friends who are now outside the den.  The book teaches the concept that just because you are crowded, it is not always best to "un-crowd" your circumstances.  Life can be lonely when there is only you.

Counting: In this book the reader can engage the young child to count how many are actually in the den and then at the end of the story the child can count to see that all 10 are together again.

I encourage the purchase of John Butler's book and think you and yours will treasure it.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ GIVEAWAY ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Graciously, Peachtree Publishers is providing a giveaway copy to one of Chat With Vera's readers.  Open in USA addresses only.
Begins November 20 & ENDS December 4 at 12:01 a.m. EST
a Rafflecopter giveaway
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy of Ten In the Den by Peachtree Publishers on behalf of the author for the purpose of my rending an honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own and I was not obligated to give a positive review. The giveaway copy will also be provided by Peachtree Publishers and shipped directly to the winner.


  1. If I were to win this "Ten in the Den" before Christmas I would give it to my Grandson. He would adore this book!

  2. I went to Peachtree on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PeachtreePub and left a link to this giveaway/review, http://chatwithvera.blogspot.com/2012/11/ten-in-den-by-john-butler-review.html & I said, "Chat With Vera sent me"

  3. My twin daughters (the book would be from Santa)

  4. As a retired primary reading teacher, I love repetitive books as they help build a successful beginning reader. Mr. Butler's books sounds delightful and the adorable illustrations would definitely appeal to a young child. My little grandson would love this book.

  5. suebunting1977at(gmail)dot(com) I would give it to my daughter!

  6. suebunting1977at(gmail)dot(com) Visited Peachtree on Facebook, left the link to this giveaway/review,and said Chat With Vera sent me!

  7. This would be for my 4 year old daughter.

  8. Yay! Another John Butler book - the illustrations are so adorable. I also love the concept of "10 in the bed" - so sweet. Thanks for linking in the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Cheers!

  9. My mom just picked this one up as a present for Max yesterday :) Funny how that happens ;)

    1. Well, what a coincidence. I will say, though, that you can count on Max enjoying it. Now enjoy the song....

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdDypyS_5zE&feature=related This is a delightful youtube version

  10. Bedtime in the Jungle
    Can you Cuddle like a Koala?

  11. My grandson would love this book.

  12. I would love to have this book. Sounds like a great author.

  13. I would give this book to my daughter if I won.

  14. posted on FB

  15. I'd give it to my 2 and 4 year old sons

  16. If I win, I would give the book to my little boy.

  17. Lost and Found and Go for the Goal!

  18. I'd give this to my daughter Olivia.

    My Name: Heather Abbe
    My Email: abbegirl1977 at gmail dot com

  19. I would give it to a friend's child.



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