Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate

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"Dianne's story makes the Legend of the Blue Frog come to life! You can lose yourself in her imagined sounds of the rain forest and almost taste the chocolate!"
-Ann Streiffer, co-owner, Blue Frog Chocolates

Each day, Sun God savors his rich, dark cacao beans. But Wind God believes Sun God should share su tesoro, his treasure, with the people of the earth. When Sun God refuses, Wind God transforms into una rana azul, a blue frog, and spies on the greedy god.

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Overview

"Dianne's story makes the Legend of the Blue Frog come to life! You can lose yourself in her imagined sounds of the rain forest and almost taste the chocolate!"
-Ann Streiffer, co-owner, Blue Frog Chocolates

Each day, Sun God savors his rich, dark cacao beans. But Wind God believes Sun God should share su tesoro, his treasure, with the people of the earth. When Sun God refuses, Wind God transforms into una rana azul, a blue frog, and spies on the greedy god.

While disguised as Rana Azul, Wind God spreads the word about Sun God's secret stash of cacao to the village children. Los niños alert their mothers and fathers, and they all begin to search for the sweet-tasting treat and soon make a divine discovery. They name the tasty substance from the cacao bean "cacahuatl," which we know today as chocolate.

Aztec- and Mayan-inspired illustrations and a recipe for a steaming mug of hot cocoa complete this tasty tale. Delicioso!

Dianne de Las Casas is an award-winning author, storyteller, and recording artist. Her work has earned rave reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus. She performs worldwide at schools, libraries, conferences, and special events. A self-confessed chocoholic, she is glad that Rana Azul told Earth's people about cacao because she absolutely loves this delightful food of the gods. The author of Pelican's The Cajun Cornbread Boy, Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach, Mama's Bayou, The Gigantic Sweet Potato, There's a Dragon in the Library, and The House That Witchy Built, de Las Casas lives with her family in the New Orleans area.

Illustrator Holly Stone-Barker graduated with a BFA in communication design from Pratt Institute in New York. She works as a freelance illustrator and enjoys teaching. Stone-Barker's colorful illustrations are created with a variety of different papers that she finds in her travels. This is her third collaboration with Dianne de Las Casas. She lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with her husband and two children.

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School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—The Sun God loves his cacao tree; every day he eats the beans out of the pods, enjoying the chocolate flavor. When the Wind God suggests that he share this treasure with the people of Earth, the greedy Sun God refuses ("The cacao is not meant for humans!"). The Wind God transforms himself into a blue frog and goes off to tell a group of children about the delectable treat; the children, in turn, spread the word about the Sun God's secret delicacy. Inspired by Aztec and Mayan art, Stone-Barker's bright, cut-paper, collage illustrations bring this folktale to life. The changing text sizes, fonts, and colors add to the art, and onomatopoeia helps the story flow with imagination. Spanish words are sprinkled throughout the text, placing the tale solidly in the Mexican culture. This is a picture book with a high-interest subject and plenty of storytime appeal. An author's note and recipe for Mexican hot cocoa are included.—Lora Van Marel, Orland Park Public Library, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455614592
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 964,187
  • Age range: 3 months - 5 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dianne de Las Casas is an award-winning author, storyteller, recording artist, and founder of the celebrated November Is Picture Book Month initiative. She hunts and pecks a good story everywhere she goes. Her work has earned rave reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus. She performs worldwide at schools, conferences, and special events and is the author of many picture books with Pelican, including Mama's Bayou, The House That Witchy Built, and Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate. She lives with her family in Harvey, Louisiana.

Illustrator Holly Stone-Barker graduated with a BFA in communications design from Pratt Institute in New York. She works as a freelance illustrator and enjoys teaching. Stone-Barker's colorful illustrations are created with a variety of different papers that she finds in her travels. Some of her other titles with Pelican include Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate and The Little "Read" Hen. She lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with her husband and two children.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

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    Yum, this book is delicioso!

    Yum! Who doesn't love chocolate? Chocolate cake, pudding, candy bars - the list goes on and on. But did you know there was once a time, fortunately a loooong time ago, when chocolate was the food of the gods and no humans were allowed to enjoy the delicious treats that came from the cacao tree? This is the tale of how humans finally got to delight in the wonders of chocolate. Sun God is very happy. In fact, it seems he's always happy because he gets to eat the rich, yummy food hidden inside the cacao pods whenever he wants. "Delicious!" he says again and again. When the Wind God overhears Sun God remarking about this amazing food of the gods, he suggests sharing the "tesoro de cacao, your cacao treasure, with the people of the earth." Sun God laughs at the suggestion because chocolate is the food of the gods; no human may indulge in the treat. Wind God is determined to find a way to get the cacao pods to his human friends so he transforms himself into a blue frog and hops along to the village to tell the children of his discovery: "Sun God hides his treasure deep./By the pond, inside large pods,/he hides the secret food of the gods." Will the people of the earth find the cacao tree and enjoy the many foods made from its pod? What will the Sun God do when he learns of the Wind God's betrayal? Based on an Aztec legend, Blue Frog is an absolutely delightful tale that introduces young readers to this ancient world. The story is upbeat and happy, and the illustrations are bright and cheery and work perfectly with the text. There are numerous Spanish words/phrases inserted into the text, all translated within the text, that help move the story along. By the end of the story children may be going around exclaiming "delicioso" and "tesoro de cacao." A perfect bedtime story as well as a read/discuss book for classroom work. Quill says: Yum, this book is delicioso!

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