Jubal's Wish

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It's a beautiful, sunny day, and Jubal Bullfrog has prepared a delicious picnic lunch to share with his friends. Skipping down the flower path, he's so happy his feet barely touch the ground. But Gerdy Toad is much too busy and much too grumpy to share Jubal's picnic lunch. And Captain Dalbert Lizard is tired and depressed. How Jubal wishes he could do something to make his friends happy as he is on this glorious day. When Jubal plops down beneath a daisy and closes his eyes, something magical and unexpected ...
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Overview

It's a beautiful, sunny day, and Jubal Bullfrog has prepared a delicious picnic lunch to share with his friends. Skipping down the flower path, he's so happy his feet barely touch the ground. But Gerdy Toad is much too busy and much too grumpy to share Jubal's picnic lunch. And Captain Dalbert Lizard is tired and depressed. How Jubal wishes he could do something to make his friends happy as he is on this glorious day. When Jubal plops down beneath a daisy and closes his eyes, something magical and unexpected happens. Jubal is granted a wish. Is this a dream? But Jubal's wish does comes true - in a warm and memorable way. Readers will relish the simple pleasures of Jubal's sunny day and will celebrate the surprising results of a generous wish made with a loving heart.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Pollyanna hasn't a thing on Jubal as the Woods' (The Napping House) passable story opens, "Once upon a bright and sunny day." This chipper bullfrog, "so happy his feet barely touched the ground," has a picnic to share. But his overworked neighbor, Gerdy Toad, is too busy with her brood of "toadlets," and Dalbert Lizard, a sad, washed-up sea captain, is not in the mood. When a wizard appears to grant Jubal a wish, the hero hopes for happiness for his pals. Alas, not only do they seem more miserable than ever, but black clouds, thunder and lightning darken Jubal's sunny day--and his spirits. Luckily the storm precedes Jubal's fulfilled wish and a predictable, happy-ever-after conclusion. The wordy text grows flowery ("A splendid feeling of wonder moved up from his toes to the tip of his nose") and electric, computer-enhanced hues illuminate rather gaudy illustrations, which include several off-putting images of the bug-eyed amphibian and reptilian characters. Ages 3-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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PreS-Gr 1-It is such a glorious day that Jubal Bullfrog asks Gerdy Toad and Captain Dalbert Lizard to join him on a picnic. However, Gerdy is too busy with her seven scalawag toadlets and "old salt" Dalbert feels too sorry for himself, so Jubal continues alone. When he wishes his friends could be happy, a wizard appears to grant his request but warns him that, when you make wishes, "You never know how they'll turn out in the end." Returning home, he is disappointed to discover that nothing has changed for Gerdy or Dalbert but a storm is brewing on the horizon. The ensuing flood washes Jubal out to sea where he is rescued by Dalbert, who has enlisted Gerdy and her toadlets to serve as crew on his trusty old boat. All agree to embark on a grand adventure and they sail off under a rainbow together. Wish fulfillment at its most basic, this tale moves along briskly with a simple story line and predictable dialogue. The narrative is overwhelmed, though, by the oversized computer-assisted illustrations; blue skies and bluer water fill each double-page spread and the very realistic amphibians and reptiles are dramatically, if statically, posed. Jubal is appealing enough, particularly when he cries huge, ploppy computer-generated tears, but his total disregard for the rising floodwaters strains credulity as does his serendipitous rescue. While perfectly designed for group sharing, young listeners might make a wish of their own for a more engrossing adventure.-Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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The Woods really crank up the wattage for this joy-filled tale of a frog who finds a way to share his bliss. So filled with joie de vivre that his feet barely touch the ground, Jubal invites harried Gerdy Toad, her seven hyperactive toadlets, and Dalbert Lizard, captain of the shabby old Molly Bee, to share a picnic—but Gerdy snaps at him, and Dalbert's too consumed with melancholy for the good old days. No sooner does Jubal wish that his friends could be as happy as he than, lo and behold, along comes a wizard to grant that wish, though warning that wishes sometimes have surprising ways of working out. The high-intensity illustrations trumpet visual cues to the story's changing moods; luxuriant banks of flowers along the path darken with the skies when Jubal's friends still show no signs of change, and as he himself sinks into gloom the rain begins falling—so much rain that Jubal suddenly finds himself in danger of being swept away. To the rescue comes Molly Bee, steered by a reinvigorated Dalbert and sailed by smiling Gerdy and her energetic crew. Off they all sail on a grand adventure, beneath clearing skies and a glowing rainbow. Like their classic Napping House (1984) and King Bidgood's in the Bathtub (1985), this is a mesmerizing combination of clever, broadly tongue-in-cheek storytelling and elaborate, stylish art. (Picture book. 6-9)Yolen, Jane COLOR ME A RHYME Photos by Jason Stemple Photos by Boyds Mills (32 pp.) Oct. 2000
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439169646
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 11.32 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2004

    Jubals Wish Came True

    What a wonderful book to read to my children. I have 3 energetic kids that are 5, 4 and 3. This book not only allowed for some really humorous conversation (consider the insights of the 3 of them!) as well as a comfortable discussion of how Gerdie Toad and the Captain get bogged down by the day to day chores and disappointments that life hands you. It allowed us to discuss how Mom and Dad could be having a bad day, but the children's happiness can help to turn it around. Bravo to the author and the illustrator!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2004

    One of our top 5 favorite books!!

    This is a wonderful story with beautiful illustrations. We started reading it when our first child was 2 and continue to read it frequently now that she is 5 and the second child is 2. We all love it very much for it's exciting story and beautiful illustrations. I've read it to day care classes and everyone oohs and aahhs, the kids are mesmorized by it. A really great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2001

    Another great picture book from the Wood's!!

    Well, they have done it again! Don and Audrey Wood have once again achieved brilliance in another fabulous picture book. This story of a little bullfrog who only wishes his friends could be as happy as he is is filled with innocence, tears and laughter and once again, with illuminating illustrations. I reccomend this book for children because it shows the kindess of the spirit that everyone should possess. This book was a topseller in my store over Christmas 2000, and in my opinion, should remain that way

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2000

    A really good book

    I read this book and it is a little sad though. I think Jubal is a nice frog, but at the end, his friends are friendly. The illustrations are pretty, especially at the end.

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