Search Results: "Peter Spier"


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WE, THE PEOPLE by Peter Spier
Released: Sept. 4, 1987

"A book to pore over for its engaging detail or to use as an educational conversation piece."
An anniversary gift to his adopted country, Caldecott-winner Spier's pictorial representation of the aims set forth in the Constitution's preamble is a celebration of America's diversity. Read full book review >

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TIN LIZZIE by Peter Spier
Released: Nov. 7, 1975

"Like the Model T, this has staying power."
Spier eases into the long, leisurely biography of Tin Lizzie, a 1909 Model T Touring Car, whose first owner, Mr. Bamhart the feed dealer, had to order bottles of gasoline from the druggist; Lizzie who saw the West as a young family's trusted and steady used car and who sat in a weedy lot behind a farmer's barn until she was rescued by an antique car restorer. . . . Read full book review >

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BORED--NOTHING TO DO! by Peter Spier
Released: Sept. 22, 1978

More pictured mischief from busy kids, in the sunny manner of Oh, Were They Ever Happy! (p. 495, J-119). Read full book review >

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GOBBLE, GROWL, GRUNT by Peter Spier
Released: Oct. 1, 1971

"To an adult it's distractingly busy, but you probably won't be allowed to turn a page until every last bee has been buzZEEEEEEEEingly vocalized."
It's not hard to believe the jacket blurb's claim that over 600 animals are portrayed in this buzzing succession of double-page spreads, each crowded with a jumble of creatures and Spier's orthographic interpretation of the noises they make. Read full book review >

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NOAH'S ARK by Peter Spier
illustrated by Peter Spier
Released: Aug. 1, 1977

"Without revising or even enlarging on the old story, Spier fills it in, delightfully."
". . . Creatures all,/ Large and small,/Good and mean,/Foul and clean,/Fierce and tame,/In they came,/Pair by pair,/ Gross and fair. . . ." Read full book review >

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HURRAH, WE'RE OUTWARD BOUND by Peter Spier
Released: June 7, 1968

What Peter Spier did for 18th-century New Castle, Delaware, in To Market! Read full book review >

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THE LEGEND OF NEW AMSTERDAM by Peter Spier
Released: Sept. 14, 1979

"The real puzzler is why anyone thought it desirable to revive this ancient instance of childish cruelty to arrive at that trivial jest."
A quick, sketchy tour of old New Amsterdam that leads, on page ten, to "the one thing. . . that was more fun than anything else, and that was teasing Crazie Annie." Read full book review >

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FATHER, MAY I COME? by Peter Spier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Map of the treacherous coast; diagrams of the modern lifeboat; brief history of the KNRM. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Spier's love of history again combines with his love of transport (The Erie Canal, 1970, among many), now in a fictionalization of the development of the Royal Netherlands Rescue Society (KNRM). Read full book review >

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PETER SPIER'S CIRCUS by Peter Spier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Processors beware: the endpapers are part of the story! (Picture book. 4-9)"
In the large, square format of his Christmas (1983), the Caldecott medalist lovingly details a large traveling circus: their departure from winter quarters, setting up the big top, a full performance, and a last glimpse of the abandoned site in a city's rural outskirts. Read full book review >

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PEOPLE by Peter Spier
illustrated by Peter Spier
Released: Sept. 5, 1980

"But taken un-seriously, it's nothing worse than a waste of time—especially in a world whose authentic differences kids can see every day on TV."
"There are lots and lots of people in the world"; they are all different in diverse ways; and "isn't it wonderful that each and every one of us is unlike any other." Read full book review >

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OH, WERE THEY EVER HAPPY! by Peter Spier
Released: May 5, 1978

"The Noonan children might be in for a disappointment, but Spier can count on the aimed-for delighted horror when his audience sees the job."
Before Mr. and Mrs. Noonan set out for a Saturday of errands, the wife reminds her husband that he's been talking for months about painting their large white house. Read full book review >

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TO MARKET! TO MARKET! by Peter Spier
Released: Oct. 6, 1967

Only Peter Spier's skill as an illustrator redeems this peculiar hybrid, a selection of Mother Goose rhymes about farm and market against a panorama of early nineteenth century New Castle (Del.), and even his skill cannot ensure a use for what is essentially an album of authentic views of town and countryside far too detailed for the simple verses and pointless for the Little Pig Went to Market audience. Read full book review >