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The popular romantic ballad has been freshly translated into a lyrical text and illustrated with the delicate art of Gillian Tyler.

Froggy went a-courtin' and he did ride,
Sword and pistol by his side.
He rode up to Miss Mousie's door,
Where he had often been before.

For four hundred years, young listeners have raptly followed the adventures...

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Overview

The popular romantic ballad has been freshly translated into a lyrical text and illustrated with the delicate art of Gillian Tyler.

Froggy went a-courtin' and he did ride,
Sword and pistol by his side.
He rode up to Miss Mousie's door,
Where he had often been before.

For four hundred years, young listeners have raptly followed the adventures of Froggy as he woos his true love, Miss Mouse, and prepares for the wedding to follow. Now a new generation of children is invited to the nuptials, where they'll meet Uncle Rat, a turtledove who brings her love, a bumblebee, a nimble flea, and all the others who gather to celebrate the most musical of marriages. In this beautiful presentation, metallic gold type sets off wispy, finely detailed illustrations by acclaimed artist Gillian Tyler. "And if you want any more, you can sing it yourself! Um-hum! Um-hum!"

Illustrates the well-known folk song about the courtship and marriage of the frog and the mouse.

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Cozy watercolor-and-ink compositions-a pleasing blend of delicate and cheerful-add some zing to this interpretation of the popular folk ballad about the courtship and marriage of a frog and mouse. Froggy's romantic persistence and Miss Mouse's enthusiasm (even as she demurs on matters of decorum) are the stuff of classics, made freshly entertaining here for a new generation. A dashing frog decked out in a cutaway coat and knee-high boots plus a cast of dapper insects and rodent relatives all dressed to the nines for the big wedding give young readers plenty of chipper details to explore (such as a butterfly sporting a bonnet, and a top-hatted grasshopper). In what sometimes feels like a tribute to Beatrix Potter and other nature-loving artists, Tyler (The Snail House) delights in depicting a parallel world populated by the most likeable of flora and fauna. Tyler includes an author's note about her source material and instructs readers who are so inclined how to properly sing the rhymed couplets with emphasis. Um hum! Ages 4-7. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Tyler highlights the romance in this frilly version of the folk song, following Froggy and Miss Mousie from courtship to honeymoon in pale, finely brushed outdoor scenes captioned in elegant, if low-contrast, gold ink. A musical arrangement floats across the title page, and though the repeats in the following text are left out, on nearly every spread a tiny figure-usually one of the wedding guests, who tend to be insects sporting human heads and clad in antique dress-invites readers to insert a rhythmic "Um-hum! Um-hum!" after every line. In the end, the Cat breaks up the party without eating anyone, unlike the intruder in Marjorie Priceman's version (2000), for instance, the interspecies lovers are off to France, and "Their wedding album is laid on the shelf- / If you want any more you can sing it yourself!" Um-hum. (source note) (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763623067
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 12/6/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.88 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Gillian Tyler previously worked as a natural history artist and has illustrated two well-received picture books, THE SNAIL HOUSE and TREASURE HUNT, both written by Allan Ahlberg. She especially enjoyed working on FROGGY WENT A-COURTIN' because the events of her real life unexpectedly mirrored the events in the story. As she drew and imagined the courtship of Froggy and Miss Mouse, she happened to meet someone, fall in love, and marry. She says of her characters that she only hopes that "their marriage is as happy as ours!"
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