Flora the Frog

Flora the Frog

by Shirley Isherwood, Anna C. Leplar

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Children's Literature
Flora and her classmates are presenting a play about creatures that live in the woods. When her teacher asks her to be a frog, Flora is disappointed. She would much rather be a fairy or flower. Even when her mother offers to make a "great" frog suit, Flora cannot hide her disappointment. Flora has a miserable day at school because she has hidden the frog costume in a tree on her way to school. After school, Flora sees real frogs hopping and playing in a puddle and realizes that being a frog won't be so bad, after all—especially if her suit has spangles on it. Leplar's realistic watercolor illustrations allow the reader to see and almost feel Flora's disappointments and triumphs. Because Flora's reactions are typical, her story is a humorous way to help most young children overcome their own disappointments. This book would be a great addition to any public or school library children's collection. 2000, Peachtree, $16.95. Ages 4 to 7. Reviewer: J. B. Petty
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Flora is dejected when she is given the role of a frog in the class play. Frogs are green and ugly with fat green tummies and long green legs and she would much rather be a fairy with wings or an elf with bells on her shoes. Even though her mother and Aunt Jo make her a wonderful costume, she is still unhappy, and gets rid of the frog suit by throwing it up into the branches of a tree. There it torments her conscience by flapping and waving at her. After school, Flora tells her mother that everyone liked the costume. Feeling guilty about her lie, she goes outside to play and observes some frogs in a pond. Seeing how they sparkle in the water, she has an epiphany: spangles can be sewn onto her outfit. After she confesses all through a deluge of tears, Flora, her mother, and Aunt Jo retrieve the costume and add a few sequins, much to the girl's delight. Children will relate to Flora's feelings, due in particular to the large, full-page pen-and-watercolor illustrations that wonderfully depict her emotions. Although the book is a bit didactic and predictable, it should serve as a starting point for discussions about lying and feelings.-Piper L. Nyman, Fairfield/Suisun Community Library, Fairfield, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
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Edition description:
1 ED
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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