Books by Tammi Salzano

ONE SUNNY DAY by Tammi Salzano
Released: March 1, 2012

"This light-hearted romp delivers its concepts painlessly. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
Shapes abound in one cool teddy bear's exploration of his yard on a hot, summer day. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2011

One lone blueberry's journey from bush to treat forms the narrative thread for this nimble counting tale. The little fruit gains momentum as it rolls across the fields and leaves a growing group of insects in its wake. As the bugs multiply, their action follows suit, moving from passive observation to an animated protest at the disturbance. Two red ants point as the food flies past, while caterpillars stretch up into the air when they spy the bouncing berry. Spare declarative phrases maintain a lively pace; largely unforced rhymes clip along as the characters build from one to 10. Enthusiastic dialogue adds energy. "Nine hungry spiders crawled closer to their treat. / Ten hopping grasshoppers said, ‘Hey, it's time to eat!' " Before the ravenous creatures can pounce, a speedy intruder snatches the fruit into the sky. Each smiling character reflects the chipper tone throughout, and even the berry thief becomes more friend than foe. Predominant backgrounds of blues and greens provide variation through shading. Glossy spot lamination showcases the blueberry, adding textured shine to the expansive scenes, and sturdy cardstock backing supports the sprawling grass and vast blue sky. Breezy and sweet fare. (Picture book. 1-4)Read full book review >
ONE RAINY DAY by Tammi Salzano
by Tammi Salzano, illustrated by Hannah Wood, developed by Mytales Digital

Tiny, bulbous, yellow Duck, who might more accurately be called "Duckling," loves rainy days. With his orange umbrella and bright red boots, he splashes in puddles, spies pink worms along a curb and plays with a brown mud pie. The story is little more than a list related to variously colored creatures and objects, set to soft-edged, bright drawings that look like they might have been made with digital chalk. The story's rain is presented as a constant stream of animated white raindrops. The names of objects are read aloud when tapped, Duck supplies dialogue on demand and other characters—a frog and Mama Duck—have their own sound effects. The app also includes a game meant to help the youngest readers learn to identify colors (dragging over, say, a blue puddle for Duck to splash in from a list of three choices) and four coloring pages. Duck's story is as insubstantial as fading dew, but it's sweetly illustrated, and the app's interactive features save a (rainy) day. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)Read full book review >