In Memory of Gorfman T. Frog

In Memory of Gorfman T. Frog

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by Gail Donovan
     
 

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Meet fifth-grader Josh—an irrepressible motormouth, always in trouble. His ordinary troubles grow wildly out of control when he brings a mutant frog he has found to school, and it seems everyone is on his case—parents, teacher, classmates, even the lunch ladies! When the frog is confi scated by the principal, Josh organizes the school to do what he knows…  See more details below

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Meet fifth-grader Josh—an irrepressible motormouth, always in trouble. His ordinary troubles grow wildly out of control when he brings a mutant frog he has found to school, and it seems everyone is on his case—parents, teacher, classmates, even the lunch ladies! When the frog is confi scated by the principal, Josh organizes the school to do what he knows is right. Heartwarming and hilarious, this novel by a major new talent will have kids cheering.

A Classroom Guide to In Memory of Gorfman T. Frog by Gail Donovan

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Children's Literature - Nancy Baumann
Fifth grader Joshua Hewitt feels completely misunderstood. He tries to follow the rules set up by his mother, teacher, principal, and lunchroom ladies, but he always seems to be in trouble. His talking is seen as excessive and rude. One morning before school, Joshua finds a deformed frog with three back legs in the garden pond. He is excited about his discovery and decides to bring the frog to school to possibly improve his image with his teacher. Ms. O'Reilly, a no-nonsense teacher, allows Joshua to show the class his unusual frog. The class takes one look at the unique amphibian, and all chaos breaks out. Screaming, yelling kids standing on desks were not what Joshua expected. Ms. O'Reilly finally gets the class under control, and kids start asking questions about the frog. This interest prompted a library visit to investigate amphibians and causes for the frog's multiple legs. Joshua should be pleased, but a series of events involving the frog get him sent to the principal's office, silent lunch for the whole lunchroom, and trouble on the bus. Then, his frog suddenly dies. A visit to his grandparents' house over the weekend helps Joshua understand more about the frog and himself. He meets a biologist and some sympathetic friends while attending church. They all help him understand that Gorfman T. Frog's death was not his fault. This is a great choice for beginning chapter book readers who request a book that is not too long or short. Readers will enjoy and relate to the school scenes with an unsympathetic teacher and principal, the din of the lunchroom, and parents who sometimes just do not understand. Reviewer: Nancy Baumann
School Library Journal

Gr 3-6

Joshua Tree Hewitt loves to talk, and that leads to trouble at school and home. After getting angry at his mother, he storms outside to discover a leopard frog that has three back legs. How can the fifth grader resist taking it to school? His teacher and class are intrigued by Josh's discovery, and they research more information about amphibians. Sadly after all the excitement, the frog dies, which leaves Josh extremely upset. His relationship with his parents, grandparents, sister, and classmates grows stronger through this ordeal, and solving the mystery of why Gorfman had three back legs helps Josh deal with his grief. Plot development is quick, and children will relate to the protagonist and his classmates, as they act like typical fifth graders.-Rachel Artley, Watertown Elementary School, TN

Kirkus Reviews
Fifth grader Josh Hewitt rushes through life, talking constantly. People are always telling him to wait, to focus on the task at hand, to be quiet. But Josh can't be quiet about the five-legged frog he found in his patio pool. He fights with a friend who calls it "Freaky Froggy." When it dies, he feels responsible. There are tadpoles in a vernal pond nearby, and he worries they too might develop weirdly. He also worries about his biological father: Was he as talkative as Josh, and was that why his mother left the man? Does she hate Josh too? The pace and constantly changing focus of this third-person narrative mirror the impulsive nature of the sympathetic main character. School scenes are realistic, and the debut novelist effectively introduces current concerns and some theories about malformed amphibians. Pederson's occasional sketches illustrate high points. Middle-graders will celebrate as Josh learns to use his personal "pause" button to stop talking long enough to keep out of trouble. Obvious appeal, particularly to fans of Andrew Clements's work. (Fiction. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101046241
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/19/2009
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
File size:
703 KB
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Gail Donovan lives in Portland, Maine.

Janet Pedersen has illustrated many books. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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