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Grandpa Toad's Secrets
     

Grandpa Toad's Secrets

by Keiko Kasza
 

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When Grandpa Toad and Little Toad take a walk in the forest, Grandpa warns his grandson about the hungry enemies who lie in wait. It seems nothing can scare Grandpa Toad, as he shows Little Toad how to protect himself. But when a humongous monster appears, it’s even too scary for Grandpa. Keiko Kasza’s wonderfully expressive characters will have children shaking in

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When Grandpa Toad and Little Toad take a walk in the forest, Grandpa warns his grandson about the hungry enemies who lie in wait. It seems nothing can scare Grandpa Toad, as he shows Little Toad how to protect himself. But when a humongous monster appears, it’s even too scary for Grandpa. Keiko Kasza’s wonderfully expressive characters will have children shaking in their boots and giggling in their seats as they watch Little Toad save his grandpa from becoming a toad sandwich! This book is bound to become a story-hour favorite…Another winner from an author/illustrator who really knows what children like. -- School Library Journal Kasza’s characteristic cleverness and droll art enliven her tale of a young toad who proves to be an especially adept pupil…The story serves as a witty case study in resourcefulness. --Publishers Weekly

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kasza's (The Pig's Picnic; The Wolf's Chicken Stew) characteristic cleverness and droll art enliven her fetching tale of a young toad who proves an especially adept pupil. Out for ``a walk in the forest,'' Grandpa Toad shares with Little Toad his secrets for survival. When a snake threatens to devour the elder toad, he puffs himself up in order to appear too large to swallow. Next an oversize snapping turtle pegs Grandpa as a tasty snack, but the savvy senior replies, ``Wouldn't you rather have a feast?'' and sends his would-be devourer scurrying after the snake. But when an enormous monster appears-so large that readers must turn the book sideways to see him in his full-spread ferocity-it is Little Toad who, quickly applying his grandfather's advice about bravery and intelligence, saves his relative from being gobbled up as a ``toad sandwich.'' Though the underlying message here is less profound than in some of Kasza's previous books, the story serves as a witty case study in resourcefulness. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Cleverly plotted and expressively written, this book is bound to become a story-hour favorite. While on a walk in the forest, Grandpa Toad warns Little Toad: ``Our world is full of hungry enemies,'' and proceeds to tell his grandson some survival skills. The first rule-to be brave-helps them escape from a snake. The second-to be smart-keeps them safe from a snapping turtle. But Grandpa hasn't yet divulged the third secret when the most threatening danger appears, an enormous monster who lifts up Grandpa and places him between two slices of bread. In a humorous and satisfying conclusion, Little Toad tricks the monster and saves his grandfather. Repetitive phrases, perfect for inviting participation, add to the appeal. Kasza's animal characters are great, both comical and realistic in a way that allows youngsters just enough emotional distance from the ``scary parts.'' As usual, her watercolors are set on lots of white space, another plus for group sharing. And the monster himself is so big that he's sideways on the page, an interesting design element. Another winner from an author/illustrator who really knows what children like.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780606129541
Publisher:
San Val, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/1998
Edition description:
REPRINT

Meet the Author

Keiko Kasza was born on a small Japanese island in the Inland Sea of Japan. She grew up in a typical Japanese extended family with her parents, two brothers, and grandparents. Uncles, aunts, and cousins also lived nearby. "All the steps I took growing up were very normal," Ms. Kasza says. "The only unusual thing I did was go to college in the United States." She graduated with a degree in graphic design from California State University at Northridge. Ms. Kasza married an American, and the United States has been her home ever since.

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