Books by Tim Jones

FREDA SAYS PLEASE by Stuart J. Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Didacticism tops the charts with Freda, but co-publishing Carlos is on the money. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Normally very good at breaking down skills in a way that both teaches and entertains, the I See I Learn series missteps with this entry. Read full book review >
FREDA IS FOUND by Stuart J. Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2011

"Solid series additions that teach useful skills and the power of practice. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Murphy's I See I Learn visual learning series continues with two new titles for children that focus on the cognitive skill of name writing and strategies to stay safe when lost. Read full book review >
PERCY GETS UPSET by Stuart J. Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

Murphy's I See I Learn series continues with two new titles aimed at teaching kids valuable emotional and social skills. Percy's day is not going well. He can't find his other shoe, doesn't want to leave his playdate and doesn't feel like eating at dinnertime or sleeping at bedtime. Vocabulary words for Percy's feelings (frustrated, grumpy) are set in bold type, while body language speaks to them. His parents encourage him to calm down, stop and think, take a deep breath, talk about it and count to ten. Backmatter includes a visual summary of feelings and ways to deal with them and "A Closer Look," which poses questions to readers to help them analyze their own feelings and behaviors. Also coming out in February 2011 is Camille's Team. Camille's favorite beach activity is building a sand fort. As three friends arrive, they decide to each build their own forts, too. But progress is slow working separately. When they decide to team up and cooperate, other beachgoers stop and take notice of the result. Murphy explicates the steps to good cooperation with insets and diagrams and includes some thought-provoking follow-up questions. The simple, brightly colored illustrations keep the focus on the facial expressions and body language of his anthropomorphized cast of characters. Two more solid entries to a useful, if not particularly artful series. (Picture book. 3-5)Read full book review >
EMMA'S FRIENDWICH by Stuart J. Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

Murphy's promising (if utilitarian) new series, I See I Learn, uses the concept of visual learning to help reinforce social, emotional, cognitive and health and safety skills. This title, which focuses on Emma' efforts to make friends in her new neighborhood and gives young children some concrete ways to reach out to others, is the standout of the inaugural four. In Good Job, Ajay! (ISBN: 978-1-58089-454-8; PBK: 978-1-58089-455-5), readers build their confidence alongside Ajay, who is working on learning how to throw a ball better. His friends help him by recalling other times when he was successful at difficult tasks. Freda Plans a Picnic (ISBN: 978-1-58089-456-2; PBK: 978-1-58089-457-9) teaches youngsters the skill of sequencing. The weakest of the four, Percy Plays it Safe (ISBN: 978-1-58089-452-4; PBK: 978-1-58089-453-1), shows readers what happens when Percy plays unsafely on the playground. His friends' responses to his injury are not particularly friendly, and his sudden turnaround in behavior is abrupt. Key words are bolded within the text, while the concepts are illustrated using insets and diagrams. Jones's bright illustrations feature a cast of anthropomorphized cartoon animals. Backmatter includes a list of follow-up questions and activities. (Picture book. 3-5)Read full book review >