Children's Literature - Children's Literature
It's Froggy's first day of school and he is so worried about missing the school bus that he doesn't realize he is only wearing underwear until he is on the bus. Of course he is mortified and tries to hide until his teacher spies him and shouts out his name. Suddenly, his teacher becomes his dad! It all turns out to be a nightmare and it is the voice of his dad calling his name that awakens him from this crazy dream. Froggy starts his day again. This time it really is the first day of school and he climbs aboard the school bus, fully clothed. He does all sorts of fun things at school, including teaching the principal to swim! When he returns home from school without his lunch box or his baseball cap, his mom wonders if he'll ever learn! A humorous look at the first day of school jitters. The illustrations are bright and colorful.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1In this fourth book for "Froggy" lovers, children are sure to relate to that "pit in the stomach" feeling that often comes with the first day of school. Froggy's biggest nightmare comes truehe shows up for school in his underwear. Luckily, that scenario is just a bad dream, and the big day proceeds without a hitch. This is a great read-aloud with sounds and words that encourage active participation. Remkiewicz's large, vivid cartoon illustrations show Froggy's amusing, priceless facial expressions as well as those of his family and assorted animal classmates. A charming story to calm those pre-school jitters.Kathy Mitchell, Gadsden Co. Public Library, Quincy, FL
The fourth book about Froggy begins with a nightmare many kids will recognize: he finds himself at school in only his underwear. Luckily, it was all a bad dream. He wakes up in his bed and gets all dressed up for his first day at school. He's so nervous he can't pour milk on his bowl of flies for breakfast. In class he has to learn to keep his voice down and pay attention, but his ebullient performance at circle time is a great success. The big, bright cartoon illustrations pick up the silliness of nervous Froggy, and children will laugh at his innocence and sympathize with his jitters.
Froggy's back (Froggy Learns to Swim, 1995, etc.) and on his first day of school, he wakes up late and goes to class in his underwear! No, that's only a dreamFroggy's parents wake him up just in time and they have breakfast together before leapfrogging to the bus stop. At school, Froggy gets a name tag, falls off his chair, and teaches the classand the teacherand the principalhow to swim, an act that includes singing "Bubble bubble, toot toot. Chicken, airplane, soldier." When his parents pick him up at the bus stop at the end of the day, they discover that he has forgotten his lunch box in school. " `Oh, Froggy. Will you ever learn?' said his mother. `That's why I'm going to school, Mom!' "
The accessible writing has plenty of gratifying opportunities for funny sounds when read out loud, and is also endearingly wry: "He liked his name. It was the first word he knew how to read. It was the only word he knew how to read." Remkiewicz's bright watercolors feature punchy, bouncy, bug-eyed animals wearing emphatically exaggerated expressions: This bunch is easy to love.