Perfect Picture Book Friday! Clever little Hermes by Wes Sturdevant

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I love the illustrations and I am a fan of mythology!

hermesClever Little Hermes

By Wes Sturdevant

Illustrated by Maza Vicanovic and Ozren Mizdalo

28 pages – ages 5+

Published by Story and Media, LLC on October 2, 2012

Theme/Topic – Mythology/ being responsible / math

Opening and Synopsis – Taken from the back cover

“A fresh and fun retelling of the classic Greek myth about how a very young Hermes uses his wits (and some basic arithmetic) to pull a very clever prank on his older brother, Apollo.

Hermes soon realizes that pranks, no matter how clever, can have unexpected consequences, and he learns a lesson about taking responsibility for his behavior.”

Why I liked this book –First of all – I love this tale from mythology. It is one of my favorites, and I like that it has been re-told for a younger audience! I like that it teaches a bit of math (multiplication) using cows and the number of legs there are. The illustrations are beautiful and the characters are cute. The moral of the story, being responsible for your behavior, is very good and important for young people. 😀

Activities and Resources –

I tried to find a cow parts multiplication activity sheet and couldn’t so I asked for the help of my little sister Josie and we came up with our own. Josie did the artwork and I made the questions.


I really enjoy the red lipstick and pink earrings Josie added to the cow she drew. 😉 You can download the activity sheet as a pdf HERE.

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Categories: Age 6-9

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36 replies

  1. How great to make mythology accessible to children. Bravo, all around.

  2. It’s a wonderful lesson to share with younger ones, the importance of taking responsibility for our behavior, and to enjoy getting it from a cute book. Thanks for the review.

  3. You and your sister are a great pair. I love the worksheet! And new twists on mythology are fun. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. Ooo – math and mythology. Does that make it “Mathology”? So fun!

  5. What a talented family you are! That activity is fantastic and the book sounds great too.

  6. Very nice activity collaboration!

  7. I like mythology too, so this book is of interest to me. Great collaboration with Josie. Not only is Josie an artist, tell her she has style. Love the red lipstick and pink earrings.

  8. Okay, hands-down best activity sheet EVER! That Josie is quite the artist! I love that cow! 🙂 And the story sounds like a fun one – I love mythology too – and I like the message. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. Cool little kid mythology book. I love the cow math. It is was Cupcake math, it would be how many spots on 2 dogs like Cupcake. The answer would be TEN MILLION!! I am more spotty than the cow.

    Love and licks,

  10. Erik – you always find the most unique books – but now to have designed your own activity sheet – I think you and Josie could go into business!!!! What a hoot with the lipstick and earrings!! Too funny… and I couldn’t resist asking you…..How does a farmer count his cows? With a cowculator.

  11. LOVE the activity today, Erik! And I am always up for some greek mythology!

  12. I love mythology and this book sounds great. I think it is awesome to try to get younger readers into mythology.

    Great drawing and cow problems. 🙂

  13. What a clever little book! I don’t know much about mythology and this looks like a good book to get started with! We often do math lessons with my body parts. It works pretty well. I really like your cow math sheet!! You both did an excellent job! Y’all are so clever!

  14. Okay now you are just getting too clever 🙂 This book is very cool, and your activity sheet is awesome. I wonder, Erik, if there are not that many books like this around, maybe sometime in the future you could write one, and Josie illustrate it. Now there’s an idea! 😉

  15. I loved your sister’s drawing of the cow, especially the humorous addition of the red lipstick and earrings. That cow has style!

  16. I love that you and Josie came up with the activity! Awesome!

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