Hippity Hop, Frog on Top

Hippity Hop, Frog on Top

by Natasha Wing, DeLoss McGraw

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-K-A frog who can't see over a wall is joined by another, then another, then another...until, by the end of the story, they've formed a stack-10 high-just tall enough to see what's on the other side. This counting book's refrain (``Hippity hop, frog on top/1 frog, one frog tall/could not see over the wall.'') is neither catchy nor rhythmic enough to get a group going. Despite its time-honored folkloric motif, the text doesn't get off the ground. However, the unusual artwork may send children back for a second or third look. Its intensely colored pictures (gouache and colored pencil) are full of bold shapes, splots, squiggles, and scrawls. There is much more black than is commonly found in picture books, and the tall and narrow format is a nice enhancement to the story line. The childlike scrawls and splots are a bit self-conscious, though, and the overall design and rhythm lack structure and suspense. Buy only if amphibian and/or counting books are in heavy demand.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Deborah Abbott
This colorful counting rhyme recounts the adventures of 10 frogs as they climb on one another in order to see over the top of a wall. When the tenth one discovers that an alligator with open jaws awaits on the other side, the frogs immediately scatter. The splotchy watercolors showing each frog with its own personality against brightly colored backgrounds offer absorbing visual displays. The Hippity hop, frog on top refrain, repeated on each double-page spread (except for that of the tenth frog), makes a singsong pattern very young children will relish. A good choice for preschoolers.

Product Details

Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 13.31(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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