Books by Elizabeth Spurr

AT THE BEACH by Elizabeth Spurr
Released: May 1, 2013

"While the youngster was pleasingly more self-reliant and self-assured in previous offerings, his play and his interactions with the natural world continue to ring true. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
As in In the Garden and In the Woods (both 2012), a young boy enjoys life in the great outdoors. Read full book review >
IN THE WOODS by Elizabeth Spurr
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"While fishing may not be as common an early-childhood activity as gardening, this is a likable follow-up. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
Following the same format as their first book, In the Garden (2012), Spurr and Oliphant continue the story of the same outdoors-loving young boy. Read full book review >
IN THE GARDEN by Elizabeth Spurr
Released: May 1, 2012

"With a little water and tender loving care, it's a pleasure to watch this garden grow. (Board book. 1-3)"
It takes time for flowers to bloom, but the delightful fruits of this labor prove worth the wait. Read full book review >
MONSTERS by Elizabeth Spurr
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2011

Awkward rhymes, predictable situations and muddy illustrations combine to create a didactic look at bad behavior. Read full book review >
THE PETERKINS’ CHRISTMAS by Lucretia Hale
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 4, 2010

This adapted excerpt from the 19th-century classic The Peterkin Papers focuses on the foolish family's preparations for Christmas, with the specific problems of a Christmas tree that's too tall for the parlor, a lack of proper decorations for such a huge tree, and a piano that can be played only through an open window. Read full book review >

PUMPKIN HILL by Elizabeth Spurr
FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2006

Just in time for Halloween comes this pourquoi tale of a pumpkin left to its own devices on a hill, until it multiplies over time to the point of producing a golden avalanche. Read full book review >

THE PETERKINS’ THANKSGIVING by Elizabeth Spurr
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

In the late-19th century, Lucretia Hale's hilarious Peterkin Papers followed the misadventures of a family who were the ancestors of The Stupids and Amelia Bedelia. Read full book review >

FARM LIFE by Elizabeth Spurr
COLORS
Released: March 15, 2003

"Gray barn, gray barn, what do you house? / Nine <\b>straw-filled stalls with nine <\b>sleepy sows." Read full book review >

A PIG NAMED PERRIER by Elizabeth Spurr
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Perrier was no ordinary pig." Read full book review >

MAMA'S BIRTHDAY SURPRISE by Elizabeth Spurr
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

This entry in the Chapters series is an amiable story without much sticking power. Mam†, raising three children on her own in America, has always told stories about their Uncle CÇsar, a rich Mexican landowner who is to come to their rescue should they ever need him. Read full book review >

THE LONG, LONG LETTER by Elizabeth Spurr
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 8, 1996

Aunt Hetta is lonely. Read full book review >

THE GUMDROP TREE by Elizabeth Spurr
FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 1994

A little girl gets a bag of gumdrops from her father. Read full book review >