Green Wilma, Frog in Space

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Green Wilma is so determined to catch a tasty fly that she doesn't notice a family of galactic visitors to her pond. In a case of mistaken identity, the alien parents beam Wilma on board their spaceship while leaving their child, Blooger, behind. Poor Blooger, stuck on the bewildering planet Earth. Poor Wilma, hungry and confused (though also having the ride of her life!). Will the two be able to switch back in time for supper?

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Overview

Green Wilma is so determined to catch a tasty fly that she doesn't notice a family of galactic visitors to her pond. In a case of mistaken identity, the alien parents beam Wilma on board their spaceship while leaving their child, Blooger, behind. Poor Blooger, stuck on the bewildering planet Earth. Poor Wilma, hungry and confused (though also having the ride of her life!). Will the two be able to switch back in time for supper?

It's a warp-speed comedy sure to please the fans of Tedd Arnold's Geisel Honor-winning Hi! Fly Guy, his beloved Parts books, and especially Green Wilma, which was an IRA-CBC Children's Choice book and a PBS Storytime featured selection.

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K-Gr 1

In perfect rhyme, a pop-eyed frog on a log (Wilma) embarks on her favorite adventure: chasing a plump fly. In hot pursuit, she fails to notice the purple spaceship that lands at her pond. The alien child who drops out of the ship looks a lot like Wilma, only blue. So when Wilma is robotically grabbed and stuffed into a space suit for takeoff, nobody realizes that she's not little Blooger. Her wild enthusiasm for chasing flies is what sets the resolution, and the spaceship, in raucous motion. When Wilma's greenness is discovered, "Robot doctors tried to find out/what the problem was./And only Wilma noticed a/familiar little buzz./She chased it all around the room/and out into the ship./She hopped across the flight controls/and things began to tip." The illustrations explode across the pages with frantic innocence. The only characters that don't look 100 percent sweet are the alien robots. Even the flies are adorable. Onboard, the robot waiter offers cool glasses of pond water while aliens munch Martian bugs that look like large crustaceans. There's a deliciously scary close-up as Wilma is examined by the robot MDs. To say that the pictures complement the text is like declaring that the Sun complements the Earth. Children will adore Wilma .-Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY

Kirkus Reviews
More than 15 years ago, Green Wilma made a splashy, absurdist debut (Green Wilma, 1993), and now Arnold has splendidly resurrected the young frog. The rhymed narration is as light as bubbles-"One morning Wilma woke to hear a buzzing in the sky. / She hopped into the air to catch a tasty little fly"-gently pushing along the story of Wilma's accidental hoisting into an alien spacecraft and her subsequent return-posthaste, after she shoots her tongue at that same fly, which has worked its way aboard with Wilma. In contrast, however, the artwork has wonderful heft and presence. The wealth of panels holds evocative colors: dim in the innards of the spaceship, soft summer light at the frog pond. It is not surprising that there is a high degree of humor, from the bug eyes on the fly to Wilma being mashed into the spacesuit. What gives Wilma a touch of the special is her equanimity; after all, she finds herself in some pretty strange precincts, but she keeps her cool and her focus, even though she never gets the fly. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803726987
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/14/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 403,317
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.74 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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