Books by Philemon Sturges

Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"The final scene, a double page of glowing windows set in snowy mountains and facing the sparkling tree, is just plain breathtaking. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The words of the traditional Christmas song are adapted here to reflect a Southwest theme, with influences from Latino and Native-American cultures. Read full book review >
HOW DO YOU MAKE A BABY SMILE? by Philemon Sturges
Released: June 1, 2007

"A cheerful, if not groundbreaking, offering for the very youngest baboons. (Picture book. 1-3)"
"How do you make a baby smile? Grin like Papa Crocodile." Read full book review >
I LOVE TOOLS! by Philemon Sturges
Released: June 1, 2006

"Imagine that. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A family carpentry project affords Sturges the opportunity to show young readers that tools are a groove. Read full book review >
THIS LITTLE PIRATE by Philemon Sturges
Released: June 1, 2005

"A delight for young mateys, at bedtime or any other. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The creators of Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza (1999) spin off an equally inspired take on "This Little Piggy," gathering ten pirate pigs in two rival crews around a big box found on a small desert island. Read full book review >
DOWN TO THE SEA IN SHIPS by Philemon Sturges
Released: May 1, 2005

"A poetic companion for the likes of Patrick O'Brien's The Great Ships (2001). (Poetry. 8-12)"
Paying tribute to boats and ships—and all who have taken them out onto wide blue waters—Sturges pairs a series of lyric verses to Laroche's carefully detailed, painted-paper collages. Read full book review >
I LOVE BUGS! by Philemon Sturges
Released: April 1, 2005

"The volume's large size and Halpern's bold illustrations with thick black outlines and simple designs make this an excellent choice for reading to a school-age group, but younger preschoolers will also enjoy this as an introduction to the world of insects. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A simple, rhyming text and large, clear illustrations will make this thoughtfully designed volume a popular choice for preschool and early-elementary classrooms studying insects. Read full book review >
WAGGERS by Philemon Sturges
Released: March 1, 2005

"The cats may come out on top this time, but just wait. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Readers of any age who have wondered why dogs sniff each others' rear ends upon meeting may not credit Sturges' rhymed, not-quite-serious explanation, but will be nonetheless entertained by it. Read full book review >
I LOVE SCHOOL! by Philemon Sturges
Released: July 1, 2004

"Some readers will complain that this is a classic piece of avoidance, but its sunny disposition can't help making school look fun. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A soothing, bright-as-noon introduction to school that ought to help chase away any shim-shams that first-timers might be experiencing. Read full book review >
I LOVE PLANES! by Philemon Sturges
Released: March 1, 2003

"The whole book would work well for group sharing, while those endpapers would be a perfect stepping-off point for one-on-one sharing with older preschoolers. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Sturges and Halpern (I Love Trains!, 2001, etc.) team up again for the not-unexpected airborne entry in their series of picture books on the apparatus of travel. Read full book review >
SACRED PLACES by Philemon Sturges
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

The creators of Bridges Are to Cross (1998) tour places where adherents of five religions (Judaism is split into pre- and post-Mosaic, with the former also linked to Islam) worship: churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, shrines, even a river. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"They are pointing to a page where the game is explained, with suggested variations, and a melody and guitar chords are provided for singing the original song. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The familiar children's playground chant, "Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar," is broadened here into a picture-book mystery that's a delight to view, but less successful as a read-aloud. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"I will.'(Picture book/folklore. 5-7)"
In the best refashioning of a classic folktale since Eugene Trivizas's Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig (1993), Sturges hilariously extends and modernizes the original. Read full book review >
BRIDGES ARE TO CROSS by Philemon Sturges
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"This book will open young eyes to the marvels of bridge-building, and carry readers to a whole wide world of wonder. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
Stunning, detailed cut-paper designs illustrate an impressive celebration of bridges. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 31, 1996

"So are Vojtech's illustrations, shot through with folkloric touches and redolent of the seasons. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
This Slavic folktale features Marushka, a Cinderella-like figure whose smile is said to bring a thaw in January. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1996

"A solid introduction to a few members of the intriguing world of insects. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
With a caterpillar in the title role and newcomer Paley's collage illustrations, this book inspires inevitable comparisons to Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Read full book review >
THE GIFT OF CHRISTMAS by Philemon Sturges
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"The faces of her people lapse into cartoons at times, but most of the scenes and objects are lovely in this sensory celebration of Christmas for the very young. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In a singsong rhyme Sturges (Ten Flashing Fireflies, p. 640, etc.) chronicles the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feelings of Christmas: ``Scented candles, smoke from the fire;/ Wet wool mittens getting drier.'' He sometimes stretches for the rhyme or waxes a bit sentimental, but the overall effect is festive. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1995

"A book quietly luminous as its subject. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Don't use the ``e'' word (ecology) on this nighttime reverie. Read full book review >