The Frog and the Mouse

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The rich heritage of children’s folk songs is captured in this beloved musical tale, which tells the delightful story of the courtship between two unlikely creatures. Radiant illustrations capture the whimsical narrative, which tells of a persistent frog and the mouse he loves, his proposal to her, and the fun-filled wedding and feast that follow—until a menacing cat interrupts the celebration, and the groom finds himself kidnapped by a duck. Guidelines for downloading the accompanying complimentary song are...

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Overview

The rich heritage of children’s folk songs is captured in this beloved musical tale, which tells the delightful story of the courtship between two unlikely creatures. Radiant illustrations capture the whimsical narrative, which tells of a persistent frog and the mouse he loves, his proposal to her, and the fun-filled wedding and feast that follow—until a menacing cat interrupts the celebration, and the groom finds himself kidnapped by a duck. Guidelines for downloading the accompanying complimentary song are provided, a timeless tune which has previously been recorded by such legends as Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Elvis Presley. With full notations and lyrics as well as a detailed history of this classic yarn, this irresistible picture book continues the legacy of preserving the best music for future generations.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Krisan Murphy
What can last 450 years? A hum and a diddle about a frog and a mouse can. The author of this song tale adapts the commonly known, "Froggie Went A-Courtin'" to a pleasant toe tapping text combined with a lesser known tune. Rumored to be based on historical figures from the United Kingdom, the story is about a Frog who courts and marries a mouse with the consent of her uncle. Wedding festivities include four partridge pies and two potted larks and an unforgettable "harum scarum diddle dum." In this kid-friendly adaptation, the bride and groom are not eaten or chased away by a snake. The lively watercolor and pen and ink drawings burst with expressive characters and fantastic scenery. A saddled carp carries the frog to court his maiden in style. Young children will enjoy having this tune read to them while they easily follow the large pictures. Once the catchy tune and rhyming text is captured, it will not be easily forgotten. The musical score and the complete text appear at the end of the book with instructions for a free mp3 version of the song. Reviewer: Krisan Murphy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579998028
  • Publisher: Gia Publications
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Series: First Steps in Music series Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 709,648
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

John M. Feierabend is a professor of music and the director of the music education division at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford. He is the author of The Crabfish, The Derby Ram, Father Grumble, My Aunt Came Back, and There Was a Man and He Was Mad. He lives in West Hartford, Connecticut. Kimberlee Lynne is a children’s book illustrator and a graduate of the Hartford Art School. She lives in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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