Joshua the Giant Frog

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Young Red McCarthy couldn't believe his eyes when he saw the size of the polliwog in his bucket as he pulled it out of the Erie Canal. He'd grown up hearing strange tales about what happens when the Hudson River water mixed with that of the Great Lakes, but a polliwog as big as a fist? Over time the polliwog grew, and soon Red had a giant adventure on his hands.

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"Splish, Splash, Sploosh."

Young Red McCarthy couldn't believe his eyes when he saw the size of the polliwog in his bucket as he pulled it out of the Erie Canal. He'd grown up hearing strange tales about what happens when the Hudson River water mixed with that of the Great Lakes, but a polliwog as big as a fist? Over time the polliwog grew, and soon Red had a giant adventure on his hands.

Completed in 1825, the Erie Canal, linking the Hudson River in the east with Lake Erie in the west, was the great engineering marvel of its day. The canal—and the people who worked and traveled upon it—inspired countless legends and folk songs in the communities along its banks. One of the most colorful tall tales of the 1800s is the story of the enormous frog that sprang from the waters of the canal. Author Peggy Thomas was raised in western New York State and drew on her memories of hearing these stories while writing Joshua the Giant Frog.

Peggy Thomas first heard folktales about life on the Erie Canal while growing up outside of Buffalo. She received a master's degree in anthropology from the State University of New York and has written several science books for adults and children. A member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Mrs. Thomas also teaches at the Institute of Children's Literature and works at the Middleport Free Library. She lives in Middleport, New York.

After graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in illustration, Cat Bowman Smith worked in many branches of the art industry, including jobs as a high school art teacher, a cartoonist, and in an advertising agency. Her big break came after her work appeared in Cricket magazine. Her critically acclaimed artwork adorns more than forty books for youngsters, including Feliciana Feydra LeRoux, also available from Pelican. Mrs. Smith lives in Pittsford, New York.

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Young Red McCarthy knows he has got something unusual when he goes to the Erie Canal to get fishing bait and pulls out a tadpole as big as his fist. Sure enough, when the tadpole escapes into the pond, the frog (soon named Joshua) grows as big as a house, subsisting on a diet of not-so-small animals. At first, the townsfolk are scared of Joshua—not to mention annoyed by his nocturnal croaking—but soon enterprising Red enlists Joshua for all sorts of civic projects, from relocating marooned barges to pulling stubborn tree stumps to filling in for the tuba in the community band. Joshua's bound to leave his mark on Empeyville before leaving the Erie Canal to go on to even bigger and better things. Joshua's story, while bearing many of the hallmarks of classic tall tales, is merely inspired by the many fantastic animal stories the author learned during her childhood in Buffalo, New York. The text is reminiscent of folk tales without being folksy, and the illustrations convey an old-fashioned feeling. Unfortunately, the sketchy, cartoonish watercolor paintings, particularly the images of Joshua, sometimes lack depth, even if there is humor to be found in the details of village life and the havoc that Joshua wreaks. 2005, Pelican, Ages 3 to 6.
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K-Gr 5-A wraparound cover of a huge, green frog jumping across the Erie Canal invites readers into this tall tale. Young Red McCarthy can not believe his eyes when he catches a polliwog bigger than his fist. The tadpole grows so large that when he jumps, the earth shakes. When he hops into the pond, basements flood. His croaking keeps the people of Empeyville awake all night. Finally, they hold a meeting and agree that Joshua has to go. But then Red announces that this gigantic frog could move the barges that are stuck in the canal because of the dry summer. Folks are skeptical, but the next day, Joshua hauls the boats to Albany and deepens the canal at the same time. Red's great-grandson says that his windows shake even today from the sound of Joshua's croaking coming from it. Smith's sketchy, cartoonlike illustrations in soft browns and greens depict rustic life, Joshua, and the results of his actions. Scenes of Rolf Rinehart repairing his outhouse for the fourth time and Joshua's croaking toppling the church steeple are particularly funny. A wonderful read-aloud.-Linda Staskus, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Red McCarthy finds a giant polliwog in the waters of the Erie Canal and tries to bring it home. However, the polliwog escapes into the pond and takes up residence. When it grows, it becomes a giant frog that drives the townspeople crazy with its earthquake-like jumps, its garden-drowning splashes and its sleep-disturbing garrumphs. But as with most tales of this sort, before the town can get rid of it, Joshua becomes a hero. He moves barges down the canal, from Rome to Syracuse, when the lack of water strands their movement. After that, Joshua helps by dragging lumber, pulling stumps and moving rocks and a boulder the size of a barn. He celebrates with the town's band and pulls the dangerous curves on Snake Hill Road into a straight line. Readers may have difficulty suspending their belief system long enough to enjoy this awkwardly shaped tale, but Smith's realistically executed watercolors depicting the giant frog and his helpful nature may just carry it off. (Picture book/folktale. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589802674
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/15/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ms. Smith lives in Pittsford, New York, with her pup Daisy. She received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1961. She was an editorial illustrator for Rochester Gannett newspapers, and taught illustration at R.I.T. She has been drawing since she could hold a pencil in her hand and has been illustrating trade books since
1985.

Peggy Thomas is fascinated by the world around her. Growing up outside Buffalo, New York, she and her brother, illustrator Paul Facklam, did not have to wish too hard for snow, but the weather inspired them to create Snow Dance, so that every child could enjoy a snow day. Mrs. Thomas received a master's degree in anthropology from the State University of New York and is a member of the Society of Children's Book writers and Illustrators.

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