Books by Phillis Gershator

TIME FOR A BATH by Phillis Gershator
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Will the book convince a child that bathtime is a happy time? It won't take many reads to get them to want to try and find out. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Gershator and Walker's bunnies from Time for a Hug (co-authored by Mim Green, 2013) return to explore the seasons and reasons for bathtime. Read full book review >
TIME FOR A HUG by Phillis Gershator
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Worth a pause and may well inspire a hug or two. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Gershator (Moo, Moo, Brown Cow, Have You Any Milk, 2011), in collaboration with her mother, offers this sweet, brief rhyming tale celebrating hugs at any hour of the day. Read full book review >
MOO, MOO, BROWN COW!  HAVE YOU ANY MILK? by Phillis Gershator
Released: July 28, 2011

"Farmyard industry becomes a bedtime soporific. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Through creative tweaking, a familiar nursery rhyme, "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep," returns as a cadenced lesson in farmyard enterprise as well as a comforting bedtime lullaby. Read full book review >
WHO’S IN THE GARDEN? by Phillis Gershator
Released: April 1, 2010

"Serious gardeners may wince, but it's not for them. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
An oversized format and round die cuts allow a little girl to show off her garden in fine fashion. Read full book review >
WHO’S AWAKE IN SPRINGTIME? by Phillis Gershator
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"The reason for this can be seen in the child's bedroom accessories, but that last spread comes too late to satisfy quibblers. (Picture book. 2-5)"
"Down, down goes the sun, / And down in the sea, / Fish find a safe place to hide. // Who's asleep? / ‘Not I,' says the minnow." Read full book review >
ZOO DAY ¡OLÉ! by Phillis Gershator
Released: April 1, 2009

"While the infectious rhyme and repetition reinforced by page turns make for an effective presentation of the numbers in both languages, the pages do not show numerals—a perplexing choice for a counting concept book. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A trip to the zoo includes not only the thrill of seeing the different animals but, with Abuelita, it also means counting in Spanish from one to ten with each activity of the day. Read full book review >
OLD HOUSE, NEW HOUSE by Phillis Gershator
Released: March 1, 2009

"The satisfying and simple verbal and visual images sustain summer memories while anticipating life in a new place. (Picture book. 4-8)"
After spending the summer in an old country house, a little girl feels bereft when her family moves west to a new house. Read full book review >
THIS IS THE DAY! by Phillis Gershator
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Includes an author's note on the song's origins. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Counting, adding, and the days of the week are introduced in this quirky traditional song about babies and adoption. Read full book review >
SKY SWEEPER by Phillis Gershator
Released: April 9, 2007

"Includes an explanatory note on Japanese gardens. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Young Takeboki takes a job as a Flower Keeper. Read full book review >
SUMMER IS SUMMER by Phillis Gershator
Released: June 1, 2006

"The two girls on the cover illustration are enjoying an old-fashioned swing with a wooden seat, but they are swinging higher than the kites that their brothers are flying, conveying the magical quality of childhood's sunny summer days. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Gertrude Stein's "A rose is a rose is a rose" serves as the poetic structure for this somewhat surrealistic examination of summer's pleasures. Read full book review >
THE BABYSITTER SINGS by Phillis Gershator
Released: May 1, 2004

"Young children and their parents, too, will enjoy this reassuring rhythmical tale. (Picture book, 1-5)"
Cheerful tropical pinks, yellows, greens, and blues enliven this charming Caribbean nursery tale. Read full book review >
ONLY ONE COWRY by Phillis Gershator
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A concluding author's note provides background and cites the sources of this amusing, cumulative-type tale. (Picture book/folktale. 4-7)"
The wealthy, yet stingy, king of Dahomey (now Benin) is ready to marry, but he is only willing to offer one meager cowry shell as dowry in a retelling "freely based on African folklore." Read full book review >
WHEN IT STARTS TO SNOW by Phillis Gershator
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A surprising amount of information is imparted by the brief text, and the illustrations are effective; Matje renders the winter sky in a pinkish gray and leaves much of the landscape a hushed white, broken only by footprints and pawprints. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What if it starts to snow? Read full book review >
ZZZNG! ZZZNG! ZZZNG! by Phillis Gershator
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A simple, clever story that will not only be new to young readers, but in this lively recasting lends itself equally well to reading alone or out loud. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
After Mosquito proposes in turn to Ear, Arm, and Leg, and is turned down for being too small and weak to last, she angrily turns on them: "I'll bite zzzng-zzzng/deep, deep zzzng-zzzng/in your sleep zzzng-zzzng." Read full book review >
GREETINGS, SUN by Phillis Gershator
Released: March 1, 1998

"Action, emotion, and story are conveyed through thoughtful compositions and a grand use of vivid color. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Toddlers will delight in this cheerful, colorful rhyme that is easy to remember and easy to chant: ``The stars are hiding,/all but one./Good morning, good morning,/good morning, sun./Greetings, sun./Greetings, breeze./Greeting, toes./Greetings, knees.'' The couplets celebrate all aspects of daily life, from rituals to body parts, meals, school, and family. Read full book review >
TO FLY by Lucia Scuderi
Released: March 1, 1998

"Repeated folding will put a strain on this book in an institutional setting, but the humor of the birds' expressions and the bold and stylized art easily recommend this for the board-book set. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An extremely brief text describes the comical adventures of baby birds learning to fly, while several fold-out pages dramatize the action. Read full book review >
SWEET, SWEET FIG BANANA by Phillis Gershator
Released: March 1, 1996

"Gershator (Sambalena Show-Off, 1995, etc.) pens a sweet, sweet tale; newcomer Millevoix's primitive illustrations are rough but decorative, enhancing the story's exotic setting. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Soto plants a banana shoot by his home in the Virgin Islands and oversees its growth; the development of the fruit is watched not only by the boy, but by tree rats and thrushees as well. Read full book review >
SAMBALENA SHOW-OFF by Phillis Gershator
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Gershator (Tukama Tootles the Flute, 1994, etc.) ably introduces young readers to the story behind the song; Jenkins's artwork evokes the colors and rhythm of life in the West Indies, planting realistic figures against sun-drenched, stylized landscapes. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
A cautionary tale, set in the Caribbean, based on a Brazilian song about an indolent boy, Sambalena. Read full book review >
RATA-PATA-SCATA-FATA by Phillis Gershator
Released: April 1, 1994

"Meade's torn-paper collages—rough, white-bordered areas of radiant tropical hues- -are the perfect complement to an engagingly cadenced story that will be just right for sharing aloud. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A sunny, well-shaped tale about little Junjun, who'd rather dream than do the tasks his busy mother asks him to do. Read full book review >
THE IROKO-MAN by Phillis Gershator
Released: March 1, 1994

So hideous and powerful is the man-spirit dwelling in the iroko tree that anyone who looks at his face goes mad and dies. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1994

"Endnote on sources and local references. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-7)"