PPBF: The Frog in the Well

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Boring cover to you, fantastic typeface to me!

Author: Alvin Tresselt
Illustrator: Roger Duvoisin
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1958
Age: 3-6
Themes: dwellings, frogs, reflection
OpeningThere was once a frog who lived in a well, and a fine well it was, too.

 

FrogInTheWellendpapersSummary: Once upon a time there was a frog who lived at the bottom of a well. The well was the frog’s whole world, until the day the well ran dry and the bugs began to disappear. What was happening to the world, the frog wondered, and what could he do? The hungry frog decided he must hop to the top of the well to see what he could of the end of the world. Conquering his fear, he peered out, and what did he see? Trees, flowers, meadows, marshes, and all kinds of end-of-the-world creatures! Entranced, the little frog ventured forth to find out more about the world outside his own. Based on a classic Chinese fable, and written and illustrated by the Caldecott-winning Alvin Tresselt and Roger Duvoisin, The Frog in the Well is a charming tale of one brave frog and his journey into wisdom.

FrogInTheWelltitlepageFrogInTheWell2.jpgWhy I like this book: Oldy but a gooooody! Found this title while I was searching for storytime books with a ‘home’ theme, and fell in love. Wouldn’t be the first time a girl fell for a sweet frog, eh? Still fresh for todays readers.

FrogInTheWell3Resources/Activities: Read about the illustrator HERE though I am sure many of you are familiar with his classics like, Petunia, Veronica, or The Happy Lion! If not – you need to read them! If you just want to wallow in a pool of his wonderful images – click HERE. Make a storytime-craft activity with a paper towel roll, or clothes pins.

FrogInTheWell5For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

 

PPBF: Green Wilma

GreenWilmaCoverAuthor/Illustrator: Sydney Hanson
Publisher: Dial, 1993
Age: 3-6
Themes: frogs, frog habits, dreams
OpeningOne morning, Wilma woke up green, and much to her surprise she sat up on her bed and croaked and started eating flies.
Summary: (from my library catalog) Waking up with a frog-like appearance, Wilma proves disruptive at school as she searches for some tasty flies.

GreenWilma1Why I like this book: A hilarious rhyming read aloud, perfect for those going back to school! The bright illustrations really make the story come to life! A superb classic!

GreenWilma2.jpgResources/Activities: discuss what other habits frogs or toads have that might make it difficult to live in a human world and fit in well; Are all frogs green? What is the difference between a frog and a toad? What kind of frogs and/or toads can you find in your area?

GreenWilma3For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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SteigFEST 4: Gorky Rises

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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1984, 1st ed.
Ages: 5 and up
Themes: humorous stories, magic, frogs
Opening: As soon as his parents kissed him goodbye and left, Gorky set up his laboratory by the kitchen sink and got to work.
Summary: (from my library catalog) Clutching the bottle of magic potion he has made, a young frog falls asleep and wakes to find himself floating in the sky.

I like this book because: of the buoyancy of the text – the lyrical prose will float your boat! It is a silly story, but beautifully told – that is ‘the sort of magic’ this story contains.

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Resources/activities: this would be a great book to read before a creative writing exercise – for any age. My son’s first grade teacher encouraged kids to use more daring descriptive words (calling them ‘million dollar words’) and this is a great example to ignite young minds with.

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Today’s tidbit: the story of Steig’s crying chickens HERE