Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Dr. Seuss Week: Ten Apples Up On Top!

Today we are celebrating Dr. Seuss week with one of my childhood favorites.  

Ten Apples Up On Top!
Written by Theo. LeSieg and Illustrated by Roy McKie
Originally published in 1961
Perfect for: 3-7 years old


Three animals are having a somewhat friendly competition with each other to see who can balance the most apples on their heads while trying to perform pretty outrageous balancing acts.  

The only problem is that the house they are practicing in is not their own and the apples they are using are not their own.  They belong to a very unhappy mother bear who is intent on knocking them down with a mop. To find out if she succeeds in her mission of knocking down the apples, you'll just have to pick up this classic. 

We had fun stacking our own "apples".  After we read the story, we each created a tiger head out of Play-Doh and poked half of a skewer into the Play-Doh.  I read the story aloud again as we all added beads on to the skewer to show the number of apples on the tiger's head in the story.

Their little tigers made me smile.

Please use good judgment and supervision when using sharp objects.

I think we may need a friendly little apple stacking contest of our own one of these nights.  

Interesting Fact:

Whenever Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) wrote a book that was illustrated by someone other than himself, he wrote under the pen name Theo. LeSieg.  LeSieg is Geisel spelled backwards.  Thus, since Ten Apples Up On Top was illustrated by Roy McKie, many editions of the book have Theo. LeSieg as the author.

Happy reading!



  1. I had no idea about the Dr. Seuss/Theo LeSieg difference - how interesting! Great job on the tiger heads! What a fun idea! My Little Miss and I will have to get our hands on a copy of this book. :)

  2. Oh my word. Those tiger heads are so wonderful.