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Children's LiteratureThis 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