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A Child Is A Child

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When Mama Frog and Father Frog disappear, two little frog children are left all alone. Blackbird, Mole and Hedgehog would all like to help, but no one knows how. When Mama Mouse shows up and agrees to take them in, she simply says, "A child is a child, and all children need a place to live and play, good food, and someone who loves them."
So all the animals pitch in to help, doing what each does best. Hedgehog gathers worms to eat, Mole digs a bedroom, and Blackbird fetches a ...

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Overview

When Mama Frog and Father Frog disappear, two little frog children are left all alone. Blackbird, Mole and Hedgehog would all like to help, but no one knows how. When Mama Mouse shows up and agrees to take them in, she simply says, "A child is a child, and all children need a place to live and play, good food, and someone who loves them."
So all the animals pitch in to help, doing what each does best. Hedgehog gathers worms to eat, Mole digs a bedroom, and Blackbird fetches a water pail for their bath. Everyone gets into the act, and Mama Mouse proves that if at first glance we may seem to be very different, in the end we're not so different at all!
Perfect for preschools and kindergartens, this charming tale has a universal message, expertly brough to life by the team that produced the popular Davy books.

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This heart-warming story of love and tolerance begins sadly, when Mama Frog goes off in search of the father and does not return, leaving two little frogs alone and frightened. Neither Mrs. Blackbird, nor Mr. Mole, nor Mr. Hedgehog has a place suitable for the little ones, but sympathetic Mama Mouse wipes their tears and offers to take them home with her five little mice. Mr. Hedgehog tells her that frogs need different things than any of them do, but Mama Mouse finds that ridiculous. "A child is a child," she notes, and they all need just a few simple things. She sends Mr. Hedgehog to find them worms and sets Mr. Mole to work digging a bedroom for them while Mrs. Blackbird discovers a tub for them to sleep in. With help, the little frogs thrive happily, proving Mama Mouse's statement. "A child is a child. It's just that simple." Tharlet's subtle watercolors perfectly create psychologically sound portraits of all the characters. Each has a distinct personality and the young frogs are particularly appealing. Double-page scenes keep the focus on the action set on off-white backgrounds, avoiding visual distractions. Do not miss the distinctive front and back end-papers. 2004, Penguin Young Readers Group, Ages 3 to 6.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
Mama and Papa frog are missing; the baby frogs are scared and alone. Mr. Mole, Mr. Hedgehog, and Mrs. Blackbird don't know what to do. Then along comes Mrs. Mouse with her five babies, and she says she'll look after the froglets. The adults remind her that mice and frogs are different, to which she replies: "A child is a child." She sends Mr. Hedgehog for some worms, Mr. Mole to dig a burrow, and Mrs. Blackbird to fetch a bathtub-waterbed for the little orphans. In no time, the froglets are happy and playing with their new mouse siblings. Weninger and Tharlet have collaborated successfully for years on the Davy Rabbit series, and this represents their best work together. Tharlet's earthy palette and expressive animals are an excellent match for Weninger's light story on a weighty topic. The message of love, acceptance, and community is simply communicated, making this a perfect title for adoptive or blended families. (Picture book. 2-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698400061
  • Publisher: Minedition
  • Publication date: 10/7/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.84 (w) x 11.68 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Brigitte Weninger lives in Austria.

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