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Peter Spier

Author, Illustrator

(1927 - )

Peter Spier

Peter Spier is a Dutch-born American illustrator and writer who has created more than thirty children’s books.



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Ancient Rome (1964)

A brief illustrated history of ancient Rome.

Author(s): Roger Butterfield
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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And So My Garden Grows (1969)

A collection of nursery rhymes that tell the tale of two children as they wander through towns and palaces of nineteenth-century Italy.

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Archaeology (1964)

An illustrated look at the high points of archaeology.

Author(s): C. W. Ceram
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Architecture (1964)

A short history of buildings and their decoration from the awesome to the grotesque.

Author(s): Mario Di Valmarana
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Best in Children’s Books Volume 12 (1958)

A collection of stories, poems and articles some of which have new illustrations.

Author(s): Lewis Carroll
Et al
Illustrator(s): Edward Shenton
Peter Spier
John Tenniel
Leonard Weisgard
Et al

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Best in Children’s Books Volume 19A (1967)

An assortment of stories, poems and articles, some of which have new illustrations. In this later edition, Flipper to the Rescue substitutes for Rip Van Winkle.

Author(s): Margery Williams Bianco
Charles E. Carryl
Eleanor Estes
Helen Dean Fish
Frances Clarke Sayers
Et al
Illustrator(s): Paul Galdone
Robin Jacques
Grace Paull
Peter Spier
Et al

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Best in Children’s Books Volume 22 (1959)

A collection of stories, poems and articles, many of which have new illustrations.

Author(s): James Baldwin
Eugene Field
Grace Paull
Et al
Illustrator(s): Henry C. Pitz
Peter Spier
Et al

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Best in Children’s Books Volume 30 (1960)

A compendium of stories, poems and articles, some of which have new illustrations.

Author(s): Laura Bannon
Rose Fyleman
Charles Kingsley
Charles Perrault
Et al
Illustrator(s): Adrienne Adams
Paul Galdone
Robin Jacques
Peter Spier
Et al

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Bill’s Service Station (1981)

It’s a busy day at the service station.

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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The Book of Jonah (1985)

The Lord summons Jonah to go to Ninevah. After a detour through the belly of a whale he finally arrives.

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Bored - Nothing to Do! (1978)

Two brothers decide to build an airplane -- and it flies!

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Bored - Nothing to Do! (1978)

Two brothers decide to build an airplane and it works!

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Boy Overboard! (1961)

Peter goes on his first voyage aboard the San Andres and has more adventures than he bargained for.

Author(s): Captain George H. Grant
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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The Cow Who Fell in the Canal (1957)

Hendrika the cow is bored. When she falls into the canal, she climbs onto a scow and floats down to the city.

Author(s): Phyllis Krasilovsky
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Crash! Bang! Boom! (1972)

Pictures of sounds.

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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The Creation (1983)

In the beginning God made heaven and earth. An illustrated telling of the first seven days.

Author(s): Peter Seymour
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Dreams (1986)

A book of cloud pictures.

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Elizabethan England (1965)

A very British short history of the reign of the virgin queen.

Author(s): Anthony West
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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The Erie Canal (1970)

I’ve got an old mule and her name is Sal,
Fifteen miles on the Eirie canal.

Author(s): Thomas S. Allen
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Fast-Slow, High-Low (1972)

A book of opposites.

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Father, May I Come? (1993)

Two stories of Dutch lifesaving boats and their crews are separated by more than three hundred years, but nothing essential has changed.

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Fire House (1981)

The alarm bell rings and the firemen are off!

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Food Market (1981)

Sally accompanies her mother and the baby to the grocery store.

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night (1961)

The fox stole two of the farmer’s geese to feed his family.

1962

Author(s): Burl Ives
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Gobble, Growl, Grunt (1971)

A book of animal sounds.

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Great Furniture Styles, 1660-1830 (1965)

An illustrated history of classic furniture.

Author(s): Donald D. MacMillan
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Hans Brinker; or, the Silver Skates (1958)

Hans and Gretel’s father has been unable to work. If Hans wins the skating race it will help to support the household. Hans decides to ask the famous brain surgeon if he can help their father.

Author(s): Mary Mapes Dodge
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Here and There: One Hundred Poems about Places (1967)

An anthology of poems dealing with places, both real and imaginary. 

Author(s): Elinor Parker
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Hippolyte-Crab King (1956)

A young boy in Trinidad must find a way to make a costume for Carnival.

Author(s): Joy Anderson
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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The History of the Theater (1964)

A short history of the theater based on theater buildings and set design.

Author(s): Hannelore Marek
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Hurrah, We’re Outward Bound! (1968)

A collection of sea chanteys and salt-water rhymes accompanies the story of the first voyage of La Jeune Francaise from Honfleur, France to New York, Dartmouth and home again.

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Jonah (1983)

The story of Jonah is told on fold-out pages, with a diorama at the back of the box.

Author(s): Peter Seymour
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Little Lord Fauntleroy (1954)

Son of an American mother and an English father, Cedric is called to England by his somewhat irascible grandfather to be his heir.

Author(s): Frances Hodgson Burnett
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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The Little Riders (1963)

Eleven year old Johanna is visiting her grandparents in Holland when the Germans invade and conquer it. She helps her grandfather protect the twelve little riders in the church’s clock tower.

Author(s): Margaretha Shemin
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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London Bridge is Falling Down (1967)

London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down,
London Bridge is falling down, My fair Lady!

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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My School (1981)

This two-room school is fun!

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Mystery of Mont Saint-Michel (1955)

A group of French schoolmates explore the history of the Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel.

Author(s): Michel Rouzé
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Noah (1983)

The story of how Noah took his family and the animals into the ark to save them from the flood. The story is told on fold-out pages with a diorama at the back of the box.

Author(s): Peter Seymour
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Noah’s Ark (1977)

Peter Spier tells the story in pictures of Noah, the Ark and the Flood.

1978

Author(s): Jacobus Revius
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Of Dikes and Windmills (1969)

The story of how the Dutch have built a country by pushing back the sea.

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Oh, Were They Ever Happy! (1978)

One Saturday morning while their parents are away, the three Noonan children decide to paint the house. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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People (1980)

Describes and illustrates the diversity of peoples and their lives.

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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The Pet Store (1981)

Harry and Jane go to the Pet Store, but just to visit.

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Peter Spier’s Advent Calendar Little Town of Bethlehem (1987)

A three-dimensional Advent calendar to assemble from pasteboard.

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Peter Spier’s Advent Calendar Silent Night, Holy Night (1989)

A three-dimensional Advent calendar to assemble out of paste board.

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Peter Spier’s Birthday Cake (1990)

A reusable pasteboard birthday cake.

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Peter Spier’s Christmas! (1983)

A wordless evocation of Christmas.

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Peter Spier’s Circus! (1992)

The Circus is coming to town!

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Peter Spier’s Little Cats (1984)

Five little kittens. When they are not eating … they sleep. All day.

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Peter Spier’s Little Dogs (1984)

Six puppies are born and grow up in a hurry.

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Peter Spier’s Little Ducks (1984)

Six ducks hatch out and go swimming.

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Peter Spier’s Little Rabbits (1984)

Five little rabbits play -- and eat -- in the garden.

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Peter Spier’s Rain (1982)

Playing in the rain.

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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The Prince and the Pauper (1954)

Edward Prince of Wales trades places with poor Tom Canty for a lark but finds it almost more than he can manage to trade back again.

Author(s): Mark Twain
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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The Sailing Ship (1964)

A history of the development of sailing ships from the Egyptians to the Thomas W. Lawson, a seven-masted schooner of 1902.

Author(s): Jan de Hartog
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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The Sea Broke Through (1960)

A storm passes through Holland and the dikes break. This is the story of the men, women, boys and girls who responded to the emergency.

Author(s): Ardo Flakkeberg
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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The Star-Spangled Banner (1973)

Oh, say can you see, by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming

Author(s): Francis Scott Key
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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To Market! To Market! (1967)

Illustrated nursery rhymes on the theme of the market.

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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The Toy Shop (1981)

Annie and Hank go shopping at their favorite store.

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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We The People (1987)

Pictures illustrate the preamble to the constitution. Appendices include the text and portraits of the original signers.

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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Works of Anne Frank (1959)

This edition includes Anne Frank’s stories and essays as well as her diary.

Author(s): Anne Frank
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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