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.