The Frog Houseby Mark Taylor, Barbara Garrison (Illustrator)
Fresh as the first daffodil of spring, here is a story about finding a new home and new friends. A tiny tree frog sees a family put a special apple-shaped birdhouse in his tree. The frog has never seen a bird live in an apple, so he thinks it must be a house for a frog. On a whim, he moves in, then welcomes one curious new visitor after another. Never has life been
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With fishery and wildlife science as his main interests, Mark Taylor draws upon an actual experience to pen his first book for children. A red birdhouse built in the shape of an apple was once given to his family. In his story a family puts a bird house in a tree - a very special birdhouse 'made to look like a big, ripe red apple.' As a little green tree frog watched he was amazed that people put an apple on a tree rather than taking one off to eat. His curiosity got the best of him. When he climbed around to look at the apple he found that it had a hole and was made of wood. So, he popped inside and promptly set up housekeeping. The story's narrative involves the mistakes other animals make when they, too, spy the red apple. A robin comes along and starts pecking on it for worms, and a crow tries to take it to his nest. Young readers can be assured that all ends happily when a beautiful female tree frog sees the house and considers it the best house she has ever seen. Barbara Garrison's folk art illustrations add to the story's emphasis on nature.