Search Results: "Phillis Gershator"


BOOK REVIEW

SAMBALENA SHOW-OFF by Phillis Gershator
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Gershator (Tukama Tootles the Flute, 1994, etc.) ably introduces young readers to the story behind the song; Jenkins's artwork evokes the colors and rhythm of life in the West Indies, planting realistic figures against sun-drenched, stylized landscapes. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
A cautionary tale, set in the Caribbean, based on a Brazilian song about an indolent boy, Sambalena. Read full book review >

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TIME FOR A BATH by Phillis Gershator
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Will the book convince a child that bathtime is a happy time? It won't take many reads to get them to want to try and find out. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Gershator and Walker's bunnies from Time for a Hug (co-authored by Mim Green, 2013) return to explore the seasons and reasons for bathtime. Read full book review >

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MOO, MOO, BROWN COW!  HAVE YOU ANY MILK? by Phillis Gershator
ANIMALS
Released: July 28, 2011

"Farmyard industry becomes a bedtime soporific. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Through creative tweaking, a familiar nursery rhyme, "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep," returns as a cadenced lesson in farmyard enterprise as well as a comforting bedtime lullaby. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ZOO DAY ¡OLÉ! by Phillis Gershator
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"While the infectious rhyme and repetition reinforced by page turns make for an effective presentation of the numbers in both languages, the pages do not show numerals—a perplexing choice for a counting concept book. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A trip to the zoo includes not only the thrill of seeing the different animals but, with Abuelita, it also means counting in Spanish from one to ten with each activity of the day. Read full book review >

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WHO’S IN THE GARDEN? by Phillis Gershator
Released: April 1, 2010

"Serious gardeners may wince, but it's not for them. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
An oversized format and round die cuts allow a little girl to show off her garden in fine fashion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SKY SWEEPER by Phillis Gershator
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 9, 2007

"Includes an explanatory note on Japanese gardens. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Young Takeboki takes a job as a Flower Keeper. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS IS THE DAY! by Phillis Gershator
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Includes an author's note on the song's origins. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Counting, adding, and the days of the week are introduced in this quirky traditional song about babies and adoption. Read full book review >

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WHEN IT STARTS TO SNOW by Phillis Gershator
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A surprising amount of information is imparted by the brief text, and the illustrations are effective; Matje renders the winter sky in a pinkish gray and leaves much of the landscape a hushed white, broken only by footprints and pawprints. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What if it starts to snow? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONLY ONE COWRY by Phillis Gershator
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A concluding author's note provides background and cites the sources of this amusing, cumulative-type tale. (Picture book/folktale. 4-7)"
The wealthy, yet stingy, king of Dahomey (now Benin) is ready to marry, but he is only willing to offer one meager cowry shell as dowry in a retelling "freely based on African folklore." Read full book review >

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SWEET, SWEET FIG BANANA by Phillis Gershator
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

"Gershator (Sambalena Show-Off, 1995, etc.) pens a sweet, sweet tale; newcomer Millevoix's primitive illustrations are rough but decorative, enhancing the story's exotic setting. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Soto plants a banana shoot by his home in the Virgin Islands and oversees its growth; the development of the fruit is watched not only by the boy, but by tree rats and thrushees as well. Read full book review >

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RATA-PATA-SCATA-FATA by Phillis Gershator
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"Meade's torn-paper collages—rough, white-bordered areas of radiant tropical hues- -are the perfect complement to an engagingly cadenced story that will be just right for sharing aloud. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A sunny, well-shaped tale about little Junjun, who'd rather dream than do the tasks his busy mother asks him to do. Read full book review >