Books by Harriet Ziefert

IT'S TIME TO SAY GOOD NIGHT by Harriet Ziefert
Released: Sept. 13, 2013

"A successful offering from a well-matched pair. (Picture book. 1-4)"
A child greets the day and then says goodnight in this circular picture book. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Too finicky by half to have its day in court. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"The Princess and the Pea," courtesy of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Read full book review >
ROBIN, WHERE ARE YOU? by Harriet Ziefert
Released: June 25, 2012

"Skip this one. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Lucy goes birding with her grandfather, learning to use binoculars and identifying many birds before they finally find a robin. Read full book review >
LUCY RESCUED by Harriet Ziefert
Released: April 24, 2012

"A sweet take on the bumps in the road home for one shelter dog. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Lucy may have been rescued from the animal shelter, but this pup takes time to adjust to her new, loving family. Read full book review >
PUPPY IS LOST by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"These eye-catching design features should appeal to young readers, though the story is on the underdeveloped side. (Picture book. 3-6)  "
Max has lost Puppy; Puppy has lost Max. Read full book review >
MY DOG THINKS I'M A GENIUS by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

Boy and dog share the utter pleasure of creating art.

"I need to paint and draw every day," explains a round-headed kid with pencil-hatched hair in this sweet, carefully composed paean to creativity. Read full book review >

GRANDMA'S WEDDING ALBUM by Harriet Ziefert
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2011

Following a game of make-believe, a grandmother shows her grandchildren her wedding album. Read full book review >

TAKE CARE OF ME FROM A TO Z by Harriet Ziefert
ABC BOOKS
Released: April 1, 2011

Setting a new standard for whiny neediness, an unseen narrator presents an alphabetical series of demands, beginning with "Adore me," and continuing on through "Kiss me," "Notice me," "Warm me" and "eXcuse me" to (with a picture of two figures on a bicycle) Read full book review >

ONE RED APPLE by Harriet Ziefert
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 16, 2009

Readers follow an apple from tree to market to mouth; when birds pick the seeds from the nibbled core, a tree sprouts, bursting with blossoms in spring and providing a new crop of apples in summer. Read full book review >

MY FOREVER DRESS by Harriet Ziefert
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2009

A girl's cherished party dress receives striking renovations through Murphy's bright mixed-media collage. Read full book review >

YOU AND ME: WE’RE OPPOSITES by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2009

Zoo animals explore the ways they are different in this latest from Ziefert. Read full book review >

FURRY FRIENDS by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: March 11, 2009

An oversized book distinguished by SAMi's trademark clean design and use of die-cuts encourages toddlers to examine small differences in facial features and expressions. Read full book review >

MIGHTY MAX! by Harriet Ziefert
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

Mighty Max, as he calls himself, is an ordinary young boy who likes to wear a red cape. Read full book review >

SNOW PARTY by Harriet Ziefert
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"[W]hen the first snow of the year falls on the first day of winter, [the snowpeople] have a snow party!" Read full book review >

HANUKKAH HAIKU by Harriet Ziefert
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

Eight simple poems in Haiku form, one for each night of Hanukkah, tell of family traditions and the joy of lighting the candles together, playing dreidel, eating latkes and applesauce, receiving shiny coins or Hanukkah gelt, singing and dancing and, of course, hearing the story of the Maccabees. Read full book review >

ABC DENTIST by Harriet Ziefert
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

In alphabetical order, this cheery offering provides a succinct overview of a visit to the dentist. Read full book review >

A BUNNY IS FUNNY by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2008

"There are birds with big beaks, / but not even a few can / hold as much fruit / as the beak of a toucan." Read full book review >

PLAY! by Harriet Ziefert
by Harriet Ziefert, illustrated by SAMi
SIZE, SHAPES & PATTERNS
Released: May 1, 2008

"A basic red triangle against a yellow background leads to a newspaper hat, a dollhouse roof and the newspaper triangle against a green background; the name of the shape appears at the bottom of each page, framed in a cutout. Fun, age-appropriate ingenuity.

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Triangle, circle, square, rectangle, oval: Brightly colored die-cut pages allow toddlers to encounter these basic shapes in a variety of incarnations. Read full book review >

LOTS AND LOTS by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2008

"Buzzy the donkey has "one balloon"; his rabbit friend has "some balloons"; together with their hot-air balloon-flying alligator pal, they have "many balloons." Bolam's bright, sharply outlined characters brim with energy; each spread makes its concept manifest, with gentle humor. A winner.

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The tricky concept of relative number receives a cheery elucidation in this oversized board book. Read full book review >

MESSY BESSIE by Harriet Ziefert
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2007

Bessie, an untidy mouse, awakens one morning to a mess of monumental proportions. Read full book review >

GRANDMA, IT’S FOR YOU! by Harriet Ziefert
Released: June 1, 2006

Little Lulu fashions a unique birthday gift for her grandmother. Read full book review >

BIGGER THAN DADDY by Harriet Ziefert
Released: May 1, 2006

"In distinctly childlike crayon-and-cut-paper pictures, Kreloff depicts the pair with light brown skin, frizzy hair and smiles. Young readers and listeners, whether from single-parent households like this or otherwise, will smile too. (Picture book. 4-6)

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Ziefert enters Charlotte Zolotow territory with an intimate bit of give-and-take between little Edward, who wishes he were bigger, and his father as they walk home from the playground, engage in a bit of playful role reversal (" 'You've been a bad boy,' said Edward. 'And you haven't finished your juice.' ") and then get ready for bed. Read full book review >

ME! ME! ABC by Harriet Ziefert
ABC BOOKS
Released: May 1, 2006

In a terse alphabet for the self-absorbed, Bergen digitally adds an occasional background or detail to 26 close-up views of the vinyl animal characters she manufactures, which appear with such demanding captions as "Admire me," "Buckle me," "E-mail me," "Gimme!" Read full book review >

MOMMY, I WANT TO SLEEP IN YOUR BED! by Harriet Ziefert
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

A sweet nighttime routine is followed by tears when Charlie can't sleep in his own bed—he doesn't know how. Read full book review >

THE BIGGEST JOB OF ALL by Harriet Ziefert
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

In this sweetly sentimental tale, a little girl ponders the ultimate in grownup accomplishment. Read full book review >

CIRCUS PARADE by Harriet Ziefert
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

Clowns, bears, monkeys, majorettes, acrobats, bands and strong men are among the many who march when the circus parade comes through town. Read full book review >

BUZZY HAD A LITTLE LAMB by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

How do you cope when the thing you depend on for your security can't come with you to school? Read full book review >

BEACH PARTY! by Harriet Ziefert
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2005

This play rhyme in board book form invites young listeners to sashay like a menagerie of marine life, each one with its own verb: "Can you walk like a penguin? Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

Working with a medical doctor, the prolific Ziefert embeds basic information on the causes and symptoms of colds, stomach- and headaches, zits, blisters, allergies, and other common maladies in a slurry of heavy-handed humor (the "purpose" of carsickness "is to spread vomit all over the back seat of the car, so that parents can learn a lesson about long, boring car rides!") and lame versified asides: "I have a little plantar wart / That goes everywhere with me. / It's quite happy on my foot / But I think it's UGH-a-lee!" Read full book review >

THIS IS THANKSGIVING by Harriet Ziefert
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

In a sturdy board book, Ziefert and Zemke salute the bounty of Thanksgiving. Read full book review >

ONE SMART SKUNK by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

Rebecca, the skunk of the title, lives under a suburban back porch. Read full book review >

SIMMS TABACK’S BIG BOOK OF WORDS by Harriet Ziefert
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

Caldecott Medal-winner Taback wields a strong black line and vibrating color on each of these pages, where an object sits on a plain white background. Read full book review >

BUZZY’S BOO-BOO by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2004

Ziefert and Bolam team up again in this short but sweet foray into the bumpy landscape of childhood tumbles. Read full book review >

33 USES FOR A DAD by Harriet Ziefert
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2004

Like moms, dads need credit for all the "jobs" they do in the family. Read full book review >

ROCKHEADS by Harriet Ziefert
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: April 26, 2004

Rocks with smaller-rock noses and painted-on eyes and mouths are nicely photographed and placed atop simply drawn bodies in this read-aloud for the nursery set. Read full book review >

HEALTH
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

Ziefert provides a quick scan of the skeleton, organized along the old neck-bones-connected-to-the-shoulder-bone routine, with a lot of names of the bones, a few trivial asides—the topmost neck bone is called the Atlas, because it holds up the head—and not enough solid information. Read full book review >

HOME FOR NAVIDAD by Harriet Ziefert
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 29, 2003

Cohen's reds, greens, and blues practically glow, and the sharp black outlines that he lays on them, particularly to highlight the human characters, recall both children's drawings and the winning nonchalance of Ludwig Bemelmans. Read full book review >

YOU CAN’T BUY A DINOSAUR WITH A DIME by Harriet Ziefert
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2003

Ziefert offers a tale about saving, spending, and saving again. Read full book review >

A DOZEN DUCKLINGS LOST AND FOUND by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: March 24, 2003

When Farmer Donald removes 12 broken fence posts from the ground just before Mother Duck marches her 12 ducklings across the pasture, a gentle misadventure occurs. Read full book review >

LUNCHTIME FOR A PURPLE SNAKE by Harriet Ziefert
COLORS
Released: March 24, 2003

Ziefert and McKie (Egad Alligator!, 2002, etc.) team up again with a story about the creative process. Read full book review >

31 USES FOR A MOM by Harriet Ziefert
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2003

The team that listed 39 Uses for a Friend (not reviewed) finds fewer uses for mothers, but at least as inventive ones. Read full book review >

SENSES
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

Aiming to raise the consciousnesses of newly fledged readers about their sensoria, the prolific Ziefert presents a breezy tally of basic facts about smell, touch, taste, hearing, and sight. Read full book review >

CHRISTMAS HAS MERRY! by Harriet Ziefert
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

The inverted logic of this patterned text by Ziefert (Halloween Has Boo, 2002, etc.) will be amusing to adult readers, but the humor may be lost on most of the traditional audience of the board book set. Read full book review >

EGAD ALLIGATOR! by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: March 25, 2002

Little Gator doesn't feel tired, so he decides to go exploring instead of taking a nap. Read full book review >

MURPHY MEETS THE TREADMILL by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

Ziefert and Bolam (Clara Ann Cookie, Go to Bed, not reviewed, etc.) have combined their talents again to introduce Murphy, the burly yellow Labrador who loves to eat. Read full book review >

BIRDHOUSE FOR RENT by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

Told from the unusual first-person point of view of a birdhouse, this picture book begins with the arresting announcement, "I am a birdhouse," over a picture of a birdhouse sporting a For Rent sign. Read full book review >

NO KISS FOR GRANDPA by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2001

In a wry tale of toddlerhood, young Louie, firmly engrossed in his own world, has a hard time aligning his wants in accordance with other's desires. Read full book review >

WHAT DO DUCKS DREAM? by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

With a nod to Freud for her inspiration, Ziefert suggests that animals dream just as people do. Read full book review >

SOMEDAY WE’LL HAVE VERY GOOD MANNERS by Harriet Ziefert
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

An etiquette guide for the very young—with an ironic twist. Read full book review >

HATS OFF FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY! by Harriet Ziefert
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

The business of a parade is to march along with style and zip and knock the socks off those who watch. Read full book review >

FIRST HE MADE THE SUN by Harriet Ziefert
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2000

Ziefert (Hats Off for the Fourth of July!, see below, etc.) draws from a traditional African-American folktale by the same title to invoke the creation story from Genesis. Read full book review >

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD by Harriet Ziefert
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

Ziefert and Bolam have collaborated on more felicitous projects than this clanky reworking of a familiar tale. Read full book review >

ELEMENOPEO by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

Meet Elemenopeo, a chubby black-and-white cat who takes pride in being able to come and go as he pleases, but discovers a hidden talent when his cat door is closed for repairs. Read full book review >

WHEN I FIRST CAME TO THIS LAND by Harriet Ziefert
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 18, 1998

In a lighthearted look at the immigrant experience, Ziefert retells a cumulative 19th-century American poem that describes a cheerful man who comes to the US, buys a farm, sets up house, and makes a life. Read full book review >

PUSHKIN MEETS THE BUNDLE by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

Pushkin, a very personable white dog in a red sweater, loves his life, living with his people, Kate and Michael, on a quiet street, sharing their lives and sleeping in their bedroom. Read full book review >

THE MAGIC PORRIDGE POT by Harriet Ziefert
FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

With beginning readers in mind, Ziefert (The Tweeny-Tiny Woman, 1995, etc.) retells the traditional story of the magic pot that won't stop cooking in this entry in the Easy-to-Read series. Read full book review >

THE TWEENY-TINY WOMAN by Harriet Ziefert
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

This retelling of an old English ghost story is designated Level 2 in this publisher's Easy-to-Read series (the books at this level have so few words that they look more like small picture books than easy readers). Read full book review >

PETE'S CHICKEN by Harriet Ziefert
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

Pete knows that he is one-of-a-kind. Read full book review >