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Gummytoes
     

Gummytoes

by Sean Cassidy
 

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A 2006 Shining Willow Award Nominee

A Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice 2005

Blue Spruce Award shortlist, 2005

Gummytoes is a beautiful tree frog. But he's tired of blending into the background. He wants to be seen and admired. So one day he leaps right up to a group of children and lets out a CHIRP. The children are impressed.

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A 2006 Shining Willow Award Nominee

A Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice 2005

Blue Spruce Award shortlist, 2005

Gummytoes is a beautiful tree frog. But he's tired of blending into the background. He wants to be seen and admired. So one day he leaps right up to a group of children and lets out a CHIRP. The children are impressed. When the tree frog uses his sticky toes to climb their glass jar, the children are amazed. When Gummytoes snatches bugs out of the air with his long tongue, the children are astonished. Now the tree frog is the center of attention, and he loves it. But the children are so pleased with Gummytoes that they scoop up the little tree frog, pop him into the jar and take him home to their terrarium. They squeal when he chirps and thump on the glass when he climbs. Poor Gummytoes is miserable. He misses his quiet home. He doesn't want attention any more. What can a little tree frog do?

But there are lots of things that tree frogs can do, and Gummytoes is about to use all his talents to finally escape notice and find a way home.

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Children's Literature
Gummytoes is a beautiful tree frog that is tired of blending into the background all the time. He wants to be noticed and admired by children just like all the other birds and insects, "Everyone needs some attention." Unfortunately, he finds out that being the center of constant scrutiny may not be the best place for a talented gray tree frog. After scooping him up into a jar and bringing him home to live in a terrarium filled with leaves, branches and a small water bowl, the children watch and are delighted by his every move. They guard him closely. It does not take long for poor Gummytoes to miss his home in the old red pipe and the fresh air and bugs and the freedom he used to enjoy. So Gummytoes comes up with a plan to find a way back to the life he never fully appreciated until it was almost too late. He manages to escape. Safe once more at home where he belongs, he is only too happy to blend into the background and live the life he was meant to live. And when children happen by, he makes himself as small, still and quiet as he possibly can. The brightly-colored illustrations are charming and offer a unique visual perspective. 2004, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Ages 4 to 8.
—Francine Thomas
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A gray tree frog is tired of always blending in with his surroundings and longs to be admired. One day, when Gummytoes is basking in the sun, he hears children playing nearby and seizes the opportunity to be noticed. He hops up to them and demonstrates his wonderful abilities: climbing to the top of a slippery glass and catching an insect with his long sticky tongue. Impressed, the youngsters take him home and place him in a terrarium. Every day, they try to make Gummytoes do new tricks and rarely leave him alone. Overwhelmed, he escapes and returns home, where he can enjoy the sun, the breeze, and the quiet. Many interesting facts about gray tree frogs are smoothly incorporated into this quiet story, and a concluding page gives additional information about the animal. The message, "be careful what you wish for because you may get it," is subtly woven into the narrative. The realistic paintings show Gummytoes in natural settings that are lush with shades of green, blue, and yellow. Cassidy's use of perspective allows readers to see the world through the frog's eyes. While not a first purchase, this book may be popular in libraries where moral-driven stories are in demand.-Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher

"Sean Cassidy paints as disarmingly well as he writes. A winning amalgam of picture book and science primer…"

-- The Globe and Mail

"Sean Cassidy has combined a lesson with facts and created a wonderful story with bright pictures that children will want to read again and again."

-- Resource Links

"Gummytoes is a visual delight. From a frog's eye view, the world is lush with soft hues and keen detail. And as for Gummytoes himself, you've never seen such an expressive, sweet-faced frog in your life."

-- In the Hills, Winter 2004

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550418262
Publisher:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,355,155
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 5 Years

Meet the Author

Sean Cassidy was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. He has written and illustrated a number of titles, including Gummytoes, Wake Up Henry Rooster and Good to be Small, which won the Mr. Christie's Book Award Silver Seal. His picture book debut with author Stephanie McLellan, The Chicken Cat, resulted in both the Mr. Christie's Book Award and the Ruth Schwartz Award. Sean lives near Orangeville, Ontario, with his wife and daughter.

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