When Frog wakes up from Nap Time, one of his personal four seasons, he looks for his best friend, Turtle. Turtle appears from his own long sleep and greets his other friends from the pond�Otter, Bird and Squirrel. Frog doesn't want to share Turtle. "My best, my dearest, my only friend." But Turtle gently refuses to become Frog's exclusive property. Frog becomes jealous. "His green turned greener." He tells Turtle to take a walk without him. When Baby Bear picks up Turtle, Frog hops to his friend's rescue. But even Frog's big mouth can't save Turtle. Otter, Bird, and Squirrel jump into the fray and help. Frog sees the worth in having more than one friend. Several lessons are imparted, some tongue in-cheek. "Never," (Mama Bear scolds Baby Bear), "never play with turtles. You don't know where they have been." Told with snappy pacing and humorous dialog, this leveled tale helps beginning readers welcome spring. Diane Dawson Hearn's cheerful illustrations in hues of pond-green reflect the story's humor, especially in the expressions of the animals. 2002, Holiday House,
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K-Gr 1-In the first book, Frog is jealous when his best bud, Turtle, is also friendly with Otter, Bird, and Squirrel. However, when Baby Bear threatens Turtle, Frog is the first one to the rescue, followed by the others. After they are safe from danger, Frog realizes that it is OK to have many friends. The colorful animals have facial expressions that show their feelings; otherwise they are illustrated realistically. The simple words and sentence structure along with the lesson learned make this a good choice for beginning-reader collections. In April Fool! Harry and Emily are trying to think of tricks that are safe and fun to play on their parents and one another. When the big day arrives, the kitten siblings are ready to fool each other and also are tricked themselves. The text is a bit choppy and doesn't flow as well as in the first book, but the cartoons of the cat family are amusing. This is an adequate beginner-level book with the often-forgotten holiday as its theme.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Bauer and Hearn (Turtle Dreams, 1997) pair up for their second easy reader about a group of forest friends, this time with the addition of an overbearing frog that wants to claim Turtle as his best friend while excluding the other animals. Turtle tries her best to remain friends with everyone, artfully avoiding Frog's exclusionary tactics. When a bear cub arrives on the scene, all of Turtle's friends play a part in rescuing her, and she wisely concludes, "A turtle can't have too many best friends." Bauer skillfully works quite a bit of characterization and humor into her plot, which offers some spot-on comments about friendship applicable to the intended first- and second-grade audience. The text, written at the 2.4 grade level, is set in a large typeface with generous white space, and the story is logically divided into short chapters with a variety of illustration sizes and placements just right for this level. Hearn's appealing animal characters add considerable charm to the whole, with a bossy frog, earnest turtle, inquisitive bear cub, and furious mother bear arriving on her hind legs to claim her baby. Though Frog and Turtle don't rise to the stellar level of the Frog and Toad series, more of their group's adventures would be welcome additions to the easy reader shelves. (Easy reader. 6-8)