Hop Jump

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Tired of hopping and jumping, Betsy the frog sees the leaves float down from the trees and is inspired to leap and twirl—she calls it dancing. At first the other frogs tell her there is no room for dancing. But she eventually teaches everyone that there is room for hopping, jumping, and dancing. “A beautifully designed book that, like Walsh’s earlier efforts, yields new subtleties and visual delights with each reading.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Overview

Tired of hopping and jumping, Betsy the frog sees the leaves float down from the trees and is inspired to leap and twirl—she calls it dancing. At first the other frogs tell her there is no room for dancing. But she eventually teaches everyone that there is room for hopping, jumping, and dancing. “A beautifully designed book that, like Walsh’s earlier efforts, yields new subtleties and visual delights with each reading.”—Kirkus Reviews

Bored with just hopping and jumping, a frog discovers dancing.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
This book for preschoolers tells the story of a frog named Betsy who wants more than the usual hopping and jumping that her friends enjoy. She leaps, turns, twists, and discovers dance. When her frog friends dance and try to stop another frog from hopping, Betsy is quick to tell them, "there's room for dancing and for hopping." The message of tolerance and a heroine who follows her amphibian heart can lead to a philosophical discussion with a preschooler. Ask preschoolers if they would be hop-jumpers, dancers, or both. Ask them how they would feel if someone told them they couldn't do what they wanted. Ask if they would like Betsy for a friend and follow that question with a why. Like Betsy, you can teach your children to think about the world around them and make their own decisions.
Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
The story of a frog named Betsy who wants more than the usual hopping and jumping that her friends find satisfying. Betsy leaps, turns, twists and invents a dance. When ridiculed by the hop-jumping frogs, she finds a place for dancing only. Curious hop-jumpers can't stop themselves from observing, then they too dance. When these converts try to ostracize a hopping frog. Betsy is quick to defend, "Oh yes, there's room," she tells her friends, "For dancing and for hopping." Young children will be drawn to the spatter painted frogs that stretch, hop and dance across pages. The message of tolerance and a strong female role model could lead to excellent discussions with a preschooler. American Library Association Notable Book for Children. 1996 orig.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152013752
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 343,763
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.60 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

ELLEN STOLL WALSH is the author-illustrator of many popular books for children, including the successful Mouse Paint and Mouse Count books. She lives in upstate New York.

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