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Froggy Learns to Swim

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Zzzziiiinnngggg splash!
Everyone’s favorite frog learns to swim!
 
Frogs are supposed to be great swimmers. "Not me!" says Froggy, who's afraid of the water. But with a little encouragement, some practice, and the help of a silly song or two, Froggy becomes an expert frog-kicker!

“Froggy’s childlike ...

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Overview

Zzzziiiinnngggg splash!
Everyone’s favorite frog learns to swim!
 
Frogs are supposed to be great swimmers. "Not me!" says Froggy, who's afraid of the water. But with a little encouragement, some practice, and the help of a silly song or two, Froggy becomes an expert frog-kicker!

“Froggy’s childlike dialogue and the sound words—‘zook! Zik!’; ‘flop flop . . . splash!’ make this a wonderful read aloud.” —School Library Journal

An IRA/CBC Children’s Choice
A Junior Library Guild Selection

Froggy is afraid of the water until his mother, along with his flippers, snorkle, and mask, help him learn to swim.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
This third book in the "Froggy" series takes on the trials and tribulations of learning how to swim. Simple, bright, cartoon characters illustrate the basic vocabulary text.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-It's now summertime for the hero of Froggy Gets Dressed (Viking, 1992). When an overzealous swing ride tosses him into a pond, his patient mother assures her terrified son that all frogs are great swimmers, and she teaches him how. He is still reluctant until he puts on his flippers, mask, and snorkel. Then he won't get out of the water-all night! Vivid watercolor cartoons add to the humor, showing the comical facial expressions and hilarious beachwear. Froggy's childlike dialogue and the sound words-``zook! zik!''; ``flop flop...splash!''-make this story a wonderful read-aloud. Pair it with Marc Brown's D.W. All Wet (Little, 1988) to promote discussion about overcoming fears.-Betty Teague, Blythe Academy of Languages, Greenville, SC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140553123
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Series: Froggy Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 114,790
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.87 (w) x 7.15 (h) x 0.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan London is the creator of twenty-three books about lovable and enduringly popular Froggy. He is also a poet and a novelist. Jonathan and his wife live in Graton, California.

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"My ideas for stories come from experience I've had, or from dreams or leap right out of my head - from my ever-active imagination," explains Jonathan London, who burst on the children's book scene in 1992 with the publication of three picture books. Since then he has published more than 20 picture books, including the popular Froggy series and the young adult novel, Where's Home?

"There are worlds of possibility within our own imaginations from which we can create stories that can make someone want to cry or laugh, play a saxophone or make a snowman. This act of writing, for me, is a part of my celebration of life, a way to give back a little for all that I have been given. Kind of thanks."

Jonathan London started writing poetry in his late teens. Although he received a Masters Degree in Social Sciences and never formally studied literature or creative writing, he began to consider himself a "writer" about the time he graduated from college. After college he became a dancer in a modern dance company and worked at numerous low-paying jobs as a laborer or counselor.

However, during this twenty-year period, London continued to write. He wrote poems and short stories for adults, earning next to nothing despite being published in many literary magazines. "It wasn't until I had kids of my own that I became a writer for children," he explains. "It all started with telling them stories when they were very young. I wrote down one of these stories, and it became The Owl Who Became the Moon, my first picture book sale (though it was my fourth to appear in print). Now I am finally making a living as a writer. A dream come true!"

Born a "Navy brat" in Brooklyn, New York, Jonathan was raised on Naval stations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Today he lives with his wife, Maureen, and their two sons, Aaron and Sean, in rural Northern California where they like to backpack in the summer, play in the snow in winter-and dance all year around.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
Frank Remkiewicz has illustrated numerous books for children, including the popular Froggy books by Jonathan London (Viking and Puffin). He lives in Sarasota, Florida.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    Great book! Use to read at swim lessons

    Great book!
    Use to read at swim lessons

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  • Posted October 6, 2009

    Hopping Good

    Froggy's adventures are always funny. He is his own worst enemy in his misadventures. This one is sure to bring a smile to all who read it and our grandchildren love the green one and have most of the series. I would recommend it to anyone, young and old, for a fun romp in Froggy's swamp...flop, flop, flop.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    We love Froggy!

    My kids and I love the Froggy series in general. This is a great book for kids who fear swimming - it pretty realistically describes how one learns to get comfortable in the water.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2000

    Excellent Book

    The whole Froggy series is excellent, but this is mine and my son's favorite. Lot's of fun sounds that you can make while reading this. Funny storyline and eye catching illustrations. A must have for preschool through about age 7 or 8. Your child will not be disappointed.

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