Books by Teri Sloat

Teri Sloat is the author of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Trout! and both author and illustrator of Pieces of Christmas, as well as many other books for children. Ms. Sloat lives with her husband in a tidy house north of San Francisco.


THERE WAS AN OLD MAN WHO PAINTED THE SKY by Teri Sloat
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2009

"Fascinating and thought-provoking. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This intriguing creation story was inspired by a real event. Read full book review >
I’M A DUCK! by Teri Sloat
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Storytimers will wish they too were ducks. (Picture book. 2-6)"
"Duck? / Yup, you're a duck! / I'm a duck. Yup, / by some magnificent / stroke of good luck, / I'm a duck!" Read full book review >
THIS IS THE HOUSE THAT WAS TIDY & NEAT by Teri Sloat
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2005

"It's a sure thing that listeners in laps will enjoy pointing out the messy details. (Picture book. 3-7)"
To the rhythm of "This is the House that Jack Built," a boy, a girl, a cat, dog and mouse make a mess of the tidy Edwardian house of the title. Read full book review >
BERRY MAGIC by Teri Sloat
FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2004

"Despite obtrusively inserted pronunciations for Yu'pik words in the text, young readers will be captivated by the action, and by Anana's infectious delight. (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
Sloat collaborates with Huffman, a Yu'pik storyteller, to infuse a traditional "origins" tale with the joy of creating. Read full book review >
PIECES OF CHRISTMAS by Teri Sloat
POETRY
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Sloat's imaginary postage stamps are attractive images, but the title, concept, and connection with Santa never coalesce into a real story. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Sloat continues exploring the theme of her previous work, Hark! Read full book review >
HARK! by Teri Sloat
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"There seems no end to the making of Christmas stories, but this one will stick with readers, if only for its outstandingly daffy premise. (Picture book. 6-8)"
With the holiday season bringing its usual mountains of mail, squads of cloud-dwelling aardvarks in snappy blue uniforms swoop down on stubby golden wings to give busy postal workers an assist in this knee-slapper from the author of Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep (2000). Read full book review >
FARMER BROWN SHEARS HIS SHEEP by Teri Sloat
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"But with Sloat's frisky rhymed text and Westcott's sunny watercolor cartoons, it's even more clearly a breezy lesson in compassion. (Picture book. 5-7)"
It's baaaaad news for the sheep when Farmer Brown (The Thing That Bothered Farmer Brown, 1995) brings out the shears. Read full book review >
PATTY'S PUMPKIN PATCH by Teri Sloat
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Still, the cycle of the growing season, pumpkins in eye-popping orange, and the abundant wildlife on every page will appeal to children. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Doggerel rhymes and brightly colored acrylic paintings celebrate the birds, insects, and animals that visit Patty's pumpkin patch from seeding time to harvest, in this story from Sloat (Farmer Brown Goes Round and Round, p. 306, etc.). Read full book review >
FARMER BROWN GOES ROUND AND ROUND by Teri Sloat
Released: March 1, 1999

"The clever and expertly written story will tickle the funny bones of the nursery-school set, although the clutter of the comic illustrations—with dialogue balloons, lines indicating movement, and frenetic action—makes this better for lap-sharing than story hours. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A wild and silly tale is told in rhyme. Read full book review >
SODY SALLYRATUS by Teri Sloat
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Filled with autumn oranges, browns, and the crunchy look of fallen leaves, the illustrations capture the boisterous energy of the story. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
 Sody Sallyratus, the stuff that makes biscuits rise, will give readers a rise too, in this retelling of a familiar tale. Read full book review >
DANCE ON A SEALSKIN by Barbara Winslow
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 1, 1995

"Potlatch customs may differ from place to place, as the authors properly point out in a prefatory note, but the feeling behind them is universal, and comes through clearly here. (Picture book. 7-9)"
 Young Annie formally joins her Yupik community by performing her first traditional dance during a gathering of the villagers, in a tale based on Winslow and Sloat's experiences as teachers along the Yukon River and the Bering Sea. Read full book review >
THE HUNGRY GIANT OF THE TUNDRA by Teri Sloat
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Wonderfully appealing in every way. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
 Another Yupik tale in the amiable spirit of The Eye of the Needle (1990): Despite their parents' warnings, the children linger at their play instead of coming home before the giant ``A.ka.gua.gan.kak'' looks for his supper. Read full book review >
WHEN I'M HUNGRY by Jane R. Howard
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"The simple idea is nicely realized in Sloat's bright, charmingly detailed illustrations, which vary the child's size in accordance with the animal companions. (Picture book. 3-6)"
 Munching breakfast of cereal and fruit, a child ruminates about how different animals eat, many of them—puppies, a toy monkey, a squirrel spied through a window—suggested in the realistic first picture. Read full book review >
FROM ONE TO ONE HUNDRED by Teri Sloat
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

 An equally delightful companion to Sloat's first book, From Letter to Letter (1989), with a full page for each number up to ten and double spreads for 20, 30, etc. to 100. Read full book review >