Books by Stephen R. Swinburne

SAFE IN A STORM by Stephen R. Swinburne
Released: April 26, 2016

"From young preschoolers afraid of thunderstorms to school-aged children learning to deal with worrying aspects of the larger world, this encouraging story offers a hopeful view of the protective power of caring adults. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A soothing story follows adult animals as they protect their young and offer words of comfort during stormy times. Read full book review >
WHOSE SHOES? by Stephen R. Swinburne
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"EWSLUGp1991, but as that work is out of print, this will substitute nicely. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Firefighter, chef, mail carrier, ballerina, clown, farmer, soccer player, National Guard soldier and construction worker are depicted through their footwear in this photo essay that asks the title question over and over. Read full book review >
OCEAN SOUP by Stephen R. Swinburne
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Teachers and librarians expecting science at the level of Swinburne's previous work (Wings of Light, 2006, etc.) will be disappointed, but this might supplement more informative texts. (Poetry/informational picture book. 5-9)"
Twelve poems, most in the first-person voices of tide-pool inhabitants, offer a glimpse into the watery world of the intertidal zone. Read full book review >
ARMADILLO TRAIL by Stephen R. Swinburne
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"As they did for yellow butterflies, sea turtles and snowy owls, this author-illlustrator pair has again provided a fascinating example of the phenomenon of migration in animal behavior. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Unknown in the United States before 1850, the nine-banded armadillo has expanded its range northward and eastward as far as Kansas, South Carolina and Florida. Read full book review >
SAVING MANATEES by Stephen R. Swinburne
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Up-to-date and informative, this will be a welcome addition to the shelf of information on endangered species in any library. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Around 3,000 West Indian manatees live in Florida's fresh- and saltwaters. Read full book review >
Released: April 30, 2006

"Young readers will come away with a sense of wonder and admiration for the frail creature's remarkable flight. (author's note) (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
Prompted, perhaps, by overcrowding in its home in the Yucatan, a cloudless sulphur butterfly journeys through the rainforest, over the Gulf of Mexico and across a helpful map of the U.S., passing ponies on Assateague Island and sheltering from a storm in New York's Central Park, before arriving in southern Vermont, where it will mate and die. Read full book review >
TURTLE TIDE by Stephen R. Swinburne
Released: April 1, 2005

"A satisfying introduction to endangered animals, the food chain and the intrepid Atlantic sea turtle by a National Park Service Ranger and author of many other nature titles. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
An Atlantic sea turtle struggles ashore to lay her eggs in the sand in this handsomely illustrated picture-book treatment. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Includes further reading, Web sites, and a brief index. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Black bears roam North America from Maine to California, with populations estimated at 750,000; increasingly they are invading urban areas. Read full book review >
THE WOODS SCIENTIST by Stephen R. Swinburne
Released: March 24, 2003

"This series has done much to expand the horizons of young readers who think that science can only be done in laboratories, but here the difference between inquiry and advocacy is blurred. (index, glossary, paper and electronic resource lists) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
The newest entry in the usually exemplary Scientists in the Field series is more platform than profile. Read full book review >
WHAT’S OPPOSITE? by Stephen R. Swinburne
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"The opening page, of two feet, one clad in a tie-dyed sock and one with its little toes each painted a different color, and the last shot, of a tiny baby hand atop an adult one, bookend the images with an opposite of their own. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A photo essay in candy-bright colors that does better with its defining visuals than its text. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Children needing more specific information on the life cycle of the coyote can turn to Cherie Winter's Coyotes. (index) (Picture book. 7-10)"
Swinburne describes his observations of the coyote, an animal that seems equally at home in locations throughout the US: on a Vermont farm, in the wilds of Yellowstone National Park, and in urban areas, e.g., near a swimming pool in Hollywood, California. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1999

"Brandenburg's striking full-color photographs of wolves in the wild and in captivity turn an already informative work into a glossy tribute to a majestic animal. (map, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
In the Scientists in the Field series, a title that documents those who have championed the much-maligned wolf, and the science used to dispute claims of ranchers and farmers that wolves threaten cattle and sheep. Read full book review >
GUESS WHOSE SHADOW? by Stephen R. Swinburne
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

Swinburne sets out to teach young children about how shadows are created, describing night as a shadow on the earth, and giving children tangible reasons for why shadows vary in size, shape, and location. Read full book review >
MOON IN BEAR'S EYES by Stephen R. Swinburne
Released: March 1, 1998

"An extensive author's note outlines size, characteristics, and habitat; a list of further reading includes two bear web sites. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A slice-of-life look at a mother grizzly and her two cubs in Yellowstone National Park. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1996

Swallows in the Birdhouse ($15.90; March 1996; 32 pp.; 1-56294-182-8): A fictionalized treatment of the arrival of tree swallows at a wooden nesting box built by two children, Hayley and Martin; they retreat from the text after the first three pages and thereafter appear only in the illustrations. Read full book review >