# Storybook Guide Based on Peggy Rathmann’s “10 Minutes till Bedtime”

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## Activity Summary

Use this storybook guide with the book “10 Minutes till Bedtime.”
Many public libraries have this book.

“10 Minutes Till Bedtime” is a counting book about a boy who has 10 minutes to get ready for bed. A team of hamsters arrives to help the boy put away his toys, put on his pajamas, brush his teeth, and read a bedtime story. The story and art are hilarious so your child will enjoy learning to count backward. Use this storybook guide with the book “Eric Carle’s 123.” Many public libraries have this book.

#### Words to Learn

NUMBER WORDS AND SYMBOLS
ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one; 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

OTHER WORDS
minutes, aboard

The story begins at 10 minutes and counts backward to bedtime. When reading this counting book, your child can learn:

• How to count both forward (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) and backward (10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1).
• How to read the numerals: We read 1 as “one,” 2 as “two,” 3 as “three,” etc.
• How long a minute lasts and how many minutes it takes to get ready for bed.
• PRACTICE COUNTING BACKWARD AND GUESSING WHAT NUMBER COMES NEXT
So far, 10, 9, 8, 7 minutes have passed. What number do you think we will see next?
What can you do in one minute?
• CONNECT THE STORY TO YOUR CHILD’S BEDTIME ROUTINES
How do you get ready for bed? Is that the same or different than the boy?
• AFTER READING THE STORY, PRACTICE COUNTING BACKWARD FROM DIFFERENT NUMBERS
Let’s count backward starting from
8… Now try to count backward from 13…

Try to come up with some of your own questions and comments, too!