Books by Trudy Harris

Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Though it is regrettable that in neither story nor note is the metric system, the international standard, mentioned, still, save about half an inch (or roughly 1 cm) on your shelves for this one. (Math picture book. 4-8)"
A clever princess and a simple man solve a measurement problem and find true love in this fairy-tale-like math story. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A welcome, if a little long, tale of belonging and bilingualism. (Spanish glossary) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Bored with a parrot's life in a pet store, Spanish-speaking Perico wants a permanent home. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

Harris's latest math-concept book (Splitting the Herd, 2008, etc.) expands "Hickory Dickory Dock" into a 12-hour romp throughout the farm. The mouse's problem? Why, the cat, of course. "Hickory dickory doo, the grandfather clock struck TWO. / It woke the cat, who sprang from his mat, / hungry for mouse-tail stew." And so the chase begins. Each turn of the page reveals that another hour has passed and another member has joined the pursuit. Readers can track the time on the diverse clocks—from cuckoo and grandfather to church tower and digital. Scanning well, this would work well for read-alouds, although the smallish trim size will limit the size of the group. Backmatter includes some facts about clocks and teaches children how to tell time by the hour on both digital and analog clocks. Hartman's characters are full of personality—the cat is high-and-mighty while the dog is just plain loopy. Her colors reflect the passing of the day, getting increasingly darker as the sun disappears and the characters become sleepier. With its emphasis on the hours, this has great potential for the youngest audiences. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

Neighboring ranchers Emma and Kirby use simple arithmetic to keep their cattle sorted out. Miss Emma's cattle like to rove onto Cowboy Kirby's spread, which don't bother him none. He lines up all 20 of the cows, and suggests they divide the makeshift herd in two. (The cows are helpfully numbered as a visual aid for young mathematicians.) This proves to be a temporary solution, which leads to several more opportunities for lessons in counting, odds-and-evens and even multiplication. When the couple finally solves the problem (by combining assets with an old-fashioned wedding), Emma bakes a five-tier cake and everybody celebrates. An addendum page gives a lengthier lesson in counting and numbers. Julian's illustrations are bright, with cattle faces as friendly and expressive as the humans' and the occasional playful background detail, and a good fit with Harris's bouncy rhyming text, which is packed with lessons that go down easy. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
20 HUNGRY PIGGIES by Trudy Harris
Released: April 1, 2007

Harris counts from one to twenty with some busy porkers getting ready for a picnic. Authors follow the "little piggy" baby rhyme for numbers one through five, then "We, we, we . . . We STILL aren't done! There are other piggies coming." And the reader can follow some more pigs through other illustrated activities: flying a plane, juggling tangerines and picking a centerpiece, just for starters. Another surprise comes when they are interrupted by the very hungry Wolf. Ravenous as he is, only 19 have arrived, and he won't eat until he gets all 20. When the oblivious number 20 rings the dinner bell outside, Wolf is no match for 38 stampeding piggy feet heading for the food. They have "fun and food galore," while Wolf nurses his aches and studies a book of vegetarian recipes. Variation on the familiar rhyme should tickle very young listeners and Harris's illustrations, combining watercolor and computer graphics, are crisp and simple. While the pigs don't gather collectively until the end, their respective numerals—on shirts, pockets, caps and jewelry—aid in the count-up. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >
100 DAYS OF SCHOOL by Trudy Harris
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

100 Days Of School (32 pp.; $21.90; Sept.; 0-7613-1271-4): Readers will want to try the more interesting variations on math Harris has devised, e.g., addition and subtraction using clowns, trains, blackberry pie, and centipedes. Harris demonstrates that numbers can be broken down into recognizable units that can be manipulated and remembered: If "10 tired children all take off their shoes, what do you get? Lots of bare feet . . . and 100 toes!" Johnson's brilliant artwork will make children forget they're learning, complementing the whimsical text as it slyly works in the basics. A math-class must, but also at home in story hours. (Picture book. 5-8) Read full book review >