Search Results: "Stuart J. Murphy"


BOOK REVIEW

PERCY'S NEIGHBORHOOD by Stuart J. Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Pair with Paulette Bourgeois' In My Neighborhood series for a more in-depth look at some specific community helpers. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An openly didactic exploration of the concept of a neighborhood and its community helpers, part of the useful, if unsubtle I See I Learn series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEEP BEEP, VROOM VROOM! by Stuart J. Murphy
Released: Jan. 31, 2000

PLB 0-06-028017-4 paper 0-06-446728-7 This rambunctious introduction to visual patterns and sequences is a strong addition to the MathStart series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

EMMA'S FRIENDWICH by Stuart J. Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"Backmatter includes a list of follow-up questions and activities. (Picture book. 3-5)"
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. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SLUGGERS’ CAR WASH by Stuart J. Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

One of life's little skills—making change—gets an airing in yet another elementary math story from the indefatigable Murphy (see above, etc.). Read full book review >

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BUG DANCE by Stuart J. Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"Though this isn't one of the best of the series, a determined teacher with enthusiastic read-aloud skills could integrate the story into math or gym class, especially if insects are also part of the curriculum. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Murphy (Seaweed Soup, 2001, etc.) adds to his popular MathStart series with this well-meant but clumsy effort at creating a plot around the directional terms left, right, forward, and backward. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEAWEED SOUP by Stuart J. Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A chart near the end shows all the tableware sets in rows, offering additional opportunities for counting and matching subsets. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
The talents of Murphy (Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes, above, etc.) and Remkiewicz (Froggy Eats Out, p. 414, etc.) add up to a humorous tale about sweet-natured Turtle, a charming host who invites a succession of sea creature friends to enjoy some of his fresh seaweed soup. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BETCHA! by Stuart J. Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1997

"Readers may come away with the sense that they are not slaves to numbers—it's the other way around. (further reading) (Picture book. 6-9)"
Playing with numbers—that's what this book from Murphy (The Best Vacation Ever, 1997, etc.) is all about. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

100 DAYS OF COOL by Stuart J. Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Bendall-Brunello does his best with watercolor-and-pencil illustrations that attempt to make the multi-ethnic group of kids lively and peppy, but this effort remains lukewarm. (author's note) (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Murphy's latest entry in his popular MathStart series of easy-to-read math concept stories focuses on the 100th day of school celebration often observed in elementary school classrooms. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 31, 2000

PLB 0-06-027619-3 paper 0-06-446723-6 This entry in the MathStart series investigates the concepts of calendar time through the events of a kitten's first year. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROOM FOR RIPLEY by Stuart J. Murphy
Released: Sept. 30, 1999

PLB 0-06-027621-5 paper 0-06-446724-4 Room For Ripley (32 pp.; $15.95; PLB $15.89; paper $4.95; Sept. 30; 0-06-027620-7; PLB 0-06-027621-5; paper 0-06- 446724-4) Murphy (see review, above) ably conveys the role of volume in measurement for this MathStart entry, but the story he uses as a vehicle is dull. Read full book review >