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Children's LiteratureFinklehopper Frog is happily on his way to a picnic, but his excitement starts to fade as he spies Cat and his pal Itchy. Although he fears the teasing of others about his "groovy pork-pie hat," Frog sees his friend Ruby Rabbit and decides to go to the picnic anyway. Ruby diffuses the situation with her cheerful rapport. Later that day, Ruby needs encouragement to enter a race against Sue Kangaroo. This time Finklehopper Frog is the cheerleader for his pal. She tries her best but still comes in second. "No fair!" she cried. Livingston skillfully has Finkle point out that even though Sue Kangaroo wins the race, she can also have bad feelings when she sees Ruby Rabbit upset. The colorful illustrations on the inside cover of the book reveal a parade of animals, each with a different award around their neck. From the Teamwork award given to the group of ants, to the Best Effort medal presented to the snail, students are taught that everyone cannot always be first—but they can all be winners. Encouraging students to try their best and to have good sportsmanship, even when they do not win, are hard lessons to teach. The cartoon characters with their colorful clothing and outrageous expressions will hold students' attention. Winner of two prestigious awards, this picture book is a must for every primary classroom. 2005, Tricycle Press, $ 14.95. Ages 4 to 7.