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Children's LiteratureGummytoes 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.