Ten Apples Up On Top!


Published 1961
Illustrated by Roy McKie

This is a great book to help children with counting in a very fun, silly way.
We first meet a lion that has the idea to balance “One apple up on top” of his head.
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Very quickly the lion is met by a spotted dog. They fall into a contest to not only see who can hold the most apples on their head, but also what they can do while balancing them, such as jump rope and hop on a tree.
In the tree they meet a tiger who is very excited to join their competition and fun. The three animals do all sorts of challenges with an ever growing amount of apples on their heads.

Eventually they move into a house where a mama bear chases them with a mop (rightfully so, because they are making a mess in her house!) Now that they are outside, their apples are threatened by birds that want to eat them.


They barely escape with the apples STILL balanced on their heads, but are quickly chased by a mob of bears and the birds. While they are being chased they slam into a giant cart FULL of apples.

In a glorious chaotic mess of apples and bodies the animals all land on their bottoms with ten apples neatly stacked on each of their heads.
The end.


This is the first book under the pen name Theo. LeSieg.
All of the royalties from Ten Apples Up On Top! were given to The Seuss Foundation.

The cover was originally a deep dark green and stated that it was written by Theo. Lesieg and illustrated by Roy McKie.

A later publication lightened the green of the cover and changed the writer to Dr. Seuss (but still noted that it was originally published as Theo. LeSieg.) An even later publication changed the cover image and background color to blue.

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The original publication only had three colors at various tones: golden-yellow, red and brown. Later publications added touches of color. Eventually a publication was released with full color backgrounds.




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“They will get them
if we let them.
Come! We can not
let them get them.”

This quote is not only fun to say, but also a good way to really show children the versatility of the word “them.”


I chose this one, because it is just a beautiful melody of chaos in shape and color. il_570xN.408951691_9cwq

Thank you for reading,
Jack St.Rebor