Books by Sylvia Long

A BUTTERFLY IS PATIENT by Dianna Hutts Aston
ANIMALS
Released: May 18, 2011

"Similar butterfly albums abound, but none show these most decorative members of the insect clan to better advantage. (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
Another interwoven flight of poetry, natural history and lovely art from the creators of An Egg Is Quiet (2006) and A Seed Is Sleepy (2007). Read full book review >
SYVLIA LONG’S THUMBELINA by Sylvia Long
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 2010

"The illustrator has made a lush and vivid world for her Thumbelina to inhabit. (Fairy tale. 5-9)"
Long hews very closely to the Hans Christian Andersen tale, in which a woman longing for a child finds a tiny one in a flower grown from an enchanted barley seed given to her by a fairy. Read full book review >
AN EGG IS QUIET by Dianna Aston
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

"A delight for budding naturalists of all stripes, flecks, dots and textures. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)"
Worthy successor to Ruth Heller's Chickens Aren't The Only Ones (1981), this engrossing album pairs images of dozens of precisely detailed eggs and their diverse wild parents to basic facts presented in neatly hand-lettered lines. Read full book review >
WADDLE, WADDLE, QUACK, QUACK, QUACK by Barbara Anne Skalak
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"EWSLUGp1998 has wandered off again. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Skalak debuts with a rhymed take on a well-traveled but never-tired plot: A hatchling wandering away from his Mama has some anxious moments, but finds his own way back in the end. Read full book review >
SNUG AS A BUG by Michael Elsohn Ross
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 2004

"Bugs or no, the soothing images of little ones being tucked in by a loving—even it is a many-legged—parent is bound to have a soporific effect. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Naturalist Ross takes a fey look at the nightly going-to-bed habits of various crawly critters. Read full book review >
TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR by Sylvia Long
POETRY
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Wonderfully soothing. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Illustrations of stargazing animals accompany this well-known lullaby. Read full book review >
DECK THE HALL by Sylvia Long
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"A yuletide treasure indeed, for Christmas gift-giving and for quick sing-alongs in story hours and before bedtime. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Legions of parents and preschoolers across the land adore the baby bunny in starry pajamas (and the anti-materialistic sentiments) in Long's bestselling Hush Little Baby (1997). Read full book review >
ALEJANDRO'S GIFT by Richard E. Albert
Released: March 1, 1994

"A likable, beautifully presented picture of a human being responding to his natural surroundings with sensitivity and imagination. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 In his first children's book, an 84-year-old depicts a homely desert sage: white-bearded Alejandro, who welcomes visitors who stop for water from his well. Read full book review >
FIRE RACE by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Afterword by Julian Lang, a member of the Karuk tribe; bibliography. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
 The Yellow Jackets are known to keep fire on top of their snowy mountain; boldly, Coyote offers to ``make them pretty'' if they close their eyes. Read full book review >
THE MOST TIMID IN THE LAND by Oliver Herford
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1992

"In colorful double spreads, Long clothes the crowds of bunnies in medieval splendor and gives them amusingly appropriate expressions— dogged, silly, anxious, etc. As much fun as a barrel of bunnies. (Poetry/Picture book. 4-10)"
 Beginning with ``The Bunnies are a feeble folk/Whose weakness is their strength./To shun a gun a Bun will run/To almost any length,'' a popular turn-of-the-century nonsense poet (1863-1935) spins a mock heroic tale about a contest for the hand of the Princess Bunita, reversing conventions at every turn (``Only the faint-hearted/Are deserving of the fair''). Read full book review >