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Hoptoad
     

Hoptoad

by Jane Yolen, Karen Lee Schmidt (Illustrator)
 

A boy, his dad, and his dog are out for a drive on a beautiful sunny day. Unfortunately, a hapless toad is trying to make its way across the very same road. Talk about bad timing. Is there any hope of avoiding toad-al disaster? Maybe. See what a sharp-witted and caring boy can do to save the day.
Storyteller Jane Yolen has written a deceptively simple

Overview


A boy, his dad, and his dog are out for a drive on a beautiful sunny day. Unfortunately, a hapless toad is trying to make its way across the very same road. Talk about bad timing. Is there any hope of avoiding toad-al disaster? Maybe. See what a sharp-witted and caring boy can do to save the day.
Storyteller Jane Yolen has written a deceptively simple tale that's fun, exciting, and perfect for reading aloud again and again. Illustrator Karen Lee Schmidt has created an irresistible creature--and everyone who meets this toad will root for a happy ending!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Suspense, intrigue, humor, and helpfulness abound in this satisfying tale told in less than fifty words. The simple story plot centers on how and whether a likable desert toad will succeed in getting from one side of the road to the other. When he undertakes the crossing with his turtle and lizard friend, the toad does not see impending danger in the form of a traveling vehicle. With his friends safely on the other side, the toad is left in a lurch in mid-road with no chance to flee. Or is he? The kind boy, dad, and dog from the vehicle take time to stop and help the toad complete his journey and surface as heroes of the day. Playful illustrations coupled with the text add to the suspense in the tale by allowing the reader and viewer to see "just enough" of the picture to want more. Due to some simple rhyming patterns in the text, youngsters will quickly be reading this book on their own. Add this enjoyable tale to any preschool, kindergarten or home library. 2003, Silver Whistle/Harcourt,
— Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Rhymed text, with no more than three large-print words per page, chronicles a toad's attempt to cross a desert highway. A lizard and tortoise accompany the critter part way, but his mid-road rest stop causes a boy and his dad to stop their red camper and assist. The watercolor-and-gouache scenes depict desert flora, and Schmidt makes comic use of the toad's perspective in a surrealistic view of the vehicle. Fun for new readers, the book also serves as a quick read-aloud for preschoolers, who will thrive on the suspense.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A turtle, toad, and a lizard take off across a wide desert road. Lizard and turtle seem to make it without incident, but toad gets caught in the path of an oncoming truck. Toad hops; truck swerves; "toad-al disaster" is narrowly avoided, and the nice father and son in the truck reunite toad with his reptile buddies. Though it might be the reason most consider purchase of this new work, Yolen’s 43-word rhyming text is not the star here. Schmidt’s watercolor-and-gouache, cartoon-skewed pictures are the real joy. Each double-paged, full-bleed illustration comes from a different perspective. From the father’s worried eyes reflected in the rearview mirror to the toad’s uncertainty about being picked up by the boy, all the characters are expressive. The landscape surrounding this near disaster, though arid, is full of life. The youngest listeners will need the pun at the heart of the story explained to them, but everyone will root for this warty, new hero. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152163525
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/07/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.31(d)
Lexile:
BR (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 Years

Meet the Author


Jane Yolen is a highly acclaimed children's author who has written hundreds of books for adults and children and has won numerous awards. She and her husband divide their time between Massachussetts and Scotland.

KAREN LEE SCHMIDT has illustrated many books for children. She divides her time between Virginia and Montana.

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