Books by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes

BUNNY'S BIG SURPRISE by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
Released: Jan. 7, 2020

"A fresh and entertaining take on the bunny-and-Easter egg theme. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A bunny boy finds a large egg to decorate for Easter, with an astonishing revelation when the egg hatches. Read full book review >
BABY'S FIRST BOOK OF BIRDS & COLORS by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
Released: May 2, 2017

"Useful for toddling birders in need of board books about colors. (Board book. 1-3)"
Gorgeous birds amid foliage of similar hues introduce eight basic colors. Read full book review >
BABY ANIMALS DAY & NIGHT by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
Released: May 10, 2016

"A simple book with interesting possibilities for repeated reading, especially likely to hold the attention of both babies and their preschool-age siblings. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
As she did in Baby Animals Spots & Stripes (2014) and Baby Animals Black & White (1998), Tildes uses detailed black-and-white illustrations to catch infants' eyes, here highlighting four unusual animals. Read full book review >
BABY ANIMALS SPOTS & STRIPES by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"This slim volume is a lovely introduction to books for the tiniest babes. (Board books. 0-2)"
Photorealistic, black-and-white images of baby animals dominate this infant-oriented offering. Read full book review >
PLANT SECRETS by Emily Goodman
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

Seeds, plants, flowers, fruit. Did you know all of these have secrets? Shown a selection of seeds, readers are told, "But all of these seeds have a secret." A turn of the page and the secret is revealed: "Hidden inside each seed is a tiny new plant." The next sections similarly cover plants, then flowers and fruit. Although a variety of plant materials are shown, the focus throughout narrows to pea, tomato, oak and rose. Employing a repetitive secret-sharing theme, this very simple introduction to botany combines brief, succinct text with attractive, detailed gouache illustrations. By not specifically identifying which plant, seed or flower is which among the four profiled varieties, readers are given the opportunity to make their own educated guesses. After the last delicious secret is revealed—that seeds are hidden inside each fruit—a more detailed afterword provides additional information about the four types of plants that were covered. Brief enough to appeal even to toddlers, this excellent effort also includes sufficient information to entertain and instruct young grade-schoolers. (Informational picture book. 3-10) Read full book review >
APPLES by Jacqueline Farmer
Released: July 1, 2007

Apples are a perennial favorite for fall eating, teacher gifts and back-to-school primary science units. Farmer's contribution covers apple varieties, how they grow, nutrition, apple history, a list of fun facts and, of course (nearly every apple book has one), a recipe for apple pie. (Why not apple cobbler? Apple brown betty? Applesauce?) Two problems keep this volume from being as useful as similar titles. First, there's no story—the information is presented sequentially within each subtopic, but there's no overall flow. Second, there's too much information for primary grades, while not being enough for upper-level students, who've probably moved beyond apples, anyway. Two pages discuss grafting and scions in a manner that will likely confuse younger readers. Half as much information, presented more clearly, would have made a better book. For libraries wanting a lot of facts about apples, this might work, but teachers below grade three should look elsewhere. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)Read full book review >
CALICO’S CURIOUS KITTENS by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

A kindle of kittens keeps Tildes's lovable cat, Calico, busy in this newest edition to the series (Calico's Cousins, 1999, etc.). Like toddlers of every species, Calico's offspring consider naptime the perfect opportunity to romp and play. From frolicking in the flour to climbing the curtains, the curious felines investigate their surroundings, wreaking pint-sized havoc in their paths. While their worn-out mama snoozes with a sleepy trio of tots, a quartet of the more adventurous kitties escapes to the backyard. There they discover a friendly pup and have a close encounter with the frog pond. Tildes's brief prose captures the single-minded determination of kittens on the prowl, while the simple questions inserted into the text draw the readers into the story. The result is a toddler-friendly tale that offers up plenty of laughs. "Ginger is in a bag. Pumpkin is in a drawer. Where is Frisky? In trouble. Uh, oh . . . " Full-bleed watercolors convey the impish delight all kittens take in their escapades. The brightly hued, detailed landscapes contain plenty of sly feline humor to tickle little fancies. Each of the seven is drawn with an eye to their individual personas: Puff is a soft gray and white ball of fluff while Frisky is a tiger-striped scamp with a twinkle in his green eyes. Brimming with puckish fun, Tildes's tale is just right for rambunctious little ones. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >
BILLY’S BIG-BOY BED by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

Billy is growing up and out of his crib in this issue-specific story. The little tyke enjoys shopping with his parents for a new big-boy bed, but when it is installed in his room, he's very reluctant to move out of his crib. It's in his crib, after all, where he can play bus driver and pirate captain. But most of all, his crib is the reliable safe-haven where he and his six teddy bears cozy in for the night. As Billy grows into the idea his first step is to gradually move his teddy bears to the new, bigger bed. It isn't too long, however, before Billy himself makes the move. Throughout, Billy's parents have shown gentle patience in the face of Billy's ambivalence. They let him get used to the idea at his own pace. In a way that the words do not, Tildes's (Baby Face, not reviewed, etc.) artwork will draw children in. They can't help but enjoy the array of teddy bears, each charmingly unique. Drawn with a loving hand, the watercolor illustrations are gentle and realistic; Billy's expressive face is adorable. This piece seems aimed at parents, instructing them on how best to deal with a child's reluctance to change. It lacks any real story power, and toddlers may find it less than engrossing—but those who can apply the bed scenario to other life challenges will relate with Billy as he finds that growing up can be daunting. (Picture book. 2-4)Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

paper 0-88106-134-4 Tildes (Animals, 1996, etc.) presents more riddles on animals, this time focusing on those that use camouflage in order to survive. Seven unusual animals hide from predators and prey in these pages: polar bear, white-tailed deer, horned owl, crab spider, Ceylon leaf insect, leafy sea dragon, and tree frog. Tildes gives clues and invites viewers to guess the name of the hidden animal, then provides a closer look at the animal, making the camouflaging details more apparent. Although the vividly colored gouache illustrations lack the subtlety of the previous title, this title will work well for group viewing. An afterword includes the names of the types of camouflage and additional information about the featured animals. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8) Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

Calico the cat introduces 22 varieties of domestic cats from around the world. The familiar Persian, Siamese, and American Shorthair are here as well as the more exotic Chartreux, Birman, Munchkin, and Sphynx. For each one Tildes provides a brief paragraph of information accompanied by a charming full-color picture; Calico appears on each page as a thumb-sized guide. While serious cat fanciers will want more specific information than is given here, children will enjoy browsing this introduction, which concludes with a map indicating where different breeds originated. (Picture book. 6-9) Read full book review >
ANIMALS by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

An animal puzzle book with appeal for the picture-book set. For each of seven black-and-white animals showcased (zebra, orca, panda, loon, skunk, penguin, African mocker swallowtail butterfly), a riddle accompanies a partial view of the creature, e.g., ``I live in the misty mountains far, far to the east. I love to chew bamboo.'' Readers are invited to guess ``What am I?'' A turn of the page leads to the entire animal and additional information. Alas, the panda is sitting in a tree, but it is not bamboo. The riddles are not especially challenging although the vocabulary is (flutter, nectar, tissue, dolphin) for the audience that will have the most fun with this book. A ``Did you know?'' section offers additional facts. (Picture book. 5-7) Read full book review >