Ten, Nine, Eight

Ten, Nine, Eight

Molly Bang


Bang, M. 1983. Ten, nine, eight. NY: Greenwillow Books.


This is a beautifully illustrated lullaby that counts down from ten washed toes, all the way down to one girl who is ready to be put to bed by her family.

Quantitative Summary:

Readability Formula        Grade

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level          0.8

Gunning-Fog Score         3.2

Coleman-Liau Index        5.5

SMOG Index      1.8

Automated Readability Index     -0.4

Average Grade Level      2.2


Qualitative Summary:

This is a very simple read that promotes basic counting skills, which are the foundation of young math skills. Each page deals with a descending number as a young girl is prepared for bed. The numbers discussed can be found in the illustrations, allowing for children to count aloud and make connections. One sentence per page makes it a simple read, and it is written as though it would be a read-aloud book. It has a simple chronology and its language is low complexity.

Curriculum Ties

This book would be a great count-along book, and a great pre-cursor book to nap-time. It also features a family, and could be used in units on family and family “rituals.”



Students will use a variety of strategies to understand what they read (construct meaning).


1. Demonstrate an understanding of concepts of print to determine how print is organized and read

Understand that speech can be written and read

Read a minimum of 15 books, both literary and informational

Identify title, cover page, front and back of book, table of contents, page numbers, and describe what information is presented on the title and cover pages

Track print from left to right and top to bottom

Make return sweep to next line of text

Match oral words to printed words

Differentiate numerals, letters and words

Recognize that printed words are separated by spaces

Recognize that letters build words and words build sentences


Standard 1.0 Knowledge of Algebra, Patterns, and Functions
1. Identify and copy numeric patterns

Author website: http://www.mollybang.com/Pages/biodetail.html


  • Caldecott Honor Book