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Gilbert de la Frogponde: A Swamp Story
     

Gilbert de la Frogponde: A Swamp Story

by Jennifer Rae, Rose Cowles (Illustrator)
 

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In the swamp lives a fat and sassy frog named Gilbert de la Frogponde (that's Frogponde with an "e"). Gilbert spends his days catching flies lazily dozing on the dock until one day, two gourmet chefs arrive at the pond in search of dinner. Too fat to outrun them, Gilbert must outsmart them by convincing them that bugs, not frogs, are all the rage in the most

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In the swamp lives a fat and sassy frog named Gilbert de la Frogponde (that's Frogponde with an "e"). Gilbert spends his days catching flies lazily dozing on the dock until one day, two gourmet chefs arrive at the pond in search of dinner. Too fat to outrun them, Gilbert must outsmart them by convincing them that bugs, not frogs, are all the rage in the most stylish restaurants. Only Gilbert de la Frogponde could possibly talk himself out of such a jam! Children will fall in love with this adorable, roly-poly, green fellow, while adults will delight in Gilbert's self-reliance and quick wit. Gilbert's antics are captured by quirky, inventive illustrations that will enchant audiences of all ages.

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Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
Gilbert is a fat, lazy frog who just sits on the pier all day. When two chefs come looking for fish bait, Gilbert seems to be a better catch than they had expected. Gilbert, however, has other ideas and proceeds to trick his potential captors. This is the author's first book, and parents will enjoy reading this with their elementary school-aged children. The poetic verse and the use of alliteration make it a sure pick for children who like to read the same story over and over. However, the reference to the two chefs killing Gilbert and eating him gives me a little concern for young children reading this book on their own. In addition, although the target audience is early childhood, some words in the text may prove confusing and difficult for early readers to tackle. The story line of Gilbert the frog saving his neck by tricking the chefs will delight young boys especially. Originally published in Canada under Whitecap Books Ltd.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561451630
Publisher:
Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.59(w) x 9.98(h) x 0.46(d)
Lexile:
AD830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jennifer Rae moved to Toronto where she studied health sciences at the University of Toronto. She also works as a freelance writer and editor.

Rose Cowles is an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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