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Leap Back Home to Me

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by Lauren Thompson, Matthew Cordell (Illustrator)
 

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A little frog’s first leap out into the world is a big, scary thing. But luckily, mama is always there to catch him when he comes home. As the leaps get bigger, frog gets braver—and before he knows it, he’s soaring out to the moon and beyond!

This loveable little frog will hurdle his way into your heart. Come leap along, and see what it’s

Overview

A little frog’s first leap out into the world is a big, scary thing. But luckily, mama is always there to catch him when he comes home. As the leaps get bigger, frog gets braver—and before he knows it, he’s soaring out to the moon and beyond!

This loveable little frog will hurdle his way into your heart. Come leap along, and see what it’s like to shoot for the stars . . . and always have a landing pad ready to catch you.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Sweet and simple, lively and expressive, this picture book provides a loving template for parents who want to encourage their children to explore an ever-widening world without losing their connection to home and family. A wise mother frog encourages her child to leap away in baby steps—"Leap frog over the ladybug./ Leap frog over the bee./ Leap frog over the tickly clover,/ then leap back home to me!" Cordell's (Trouble Gum) marvelous pen and ink with watercolor illustrations showcase the small frog's increasing confidence and joy in its independence (at one point, it rockets directly toward readers with a "wheeeee!"), while its mother patiently provides crayons, food, books, and love to welcome it back home. The mother's refrain ("then leap back home to me!") changes at the end, after the frog has leapt over mountains and even into outer space ("Leap frog as high as you please.... when you leap home, here I'll be"). Thompson (the Little Quack series) offers unconditional reassurance that, even as children leapfrog into their adult lives, nothing will sever a parent's love. Ages 2–6. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
A young frog begins exploring the world. His first jumps are very small and show him going over a bee, a ladybug, a small clover patch and back to the safety of his mother who is patiently waiting on a lily pad. As time passes the jumps grow ever larger. Soon he is overcoming an owl's nest, a high hilltop and mountains. After each event Mother is lovingly waiting to share a meal, a story or coloring with crayons. Finally he conquers the clouds, the sun and far away stars. But no matter how far he goes, he knows he can return to the comfort and safety of his mother's arms. The illustrations, done with pen and ink and watercolor perfectly capture the emotions of the frog and the exuberance he feels as his adventures become more exciting. The double paged centerfold showing him shouting "WHEEEEE!" will probably have youngsters laughing out loud. While this is a pleasant and comforting story, in this time of tight budgets, it is not one that needs to be on the first purchase list. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
School Library Journal
PreS-K—In bouncy rhymes, a mother frog encourages her child to leap out into the world and explore in increasingly wider circles. She assures him that no matter how far he goes, she will always be waiting for him when he returns. And there she is—on a lily pad, with dinner or crayons, stories or a hug. The watercolor and ink illustrations feature a goofily exuberant and bug-eyed frog flying, flipping, and hurdling across beasts, bugs, flowers, water, hilltops, mountains, clouds, and even the sun and stars. The uncluttered pictures, featuring one line per page, keep the focus on the young frog as he explodes across the spreads—against a cool blue sky, a rainbow, and finally a purplish starscape. The author/illustrator team brings a light touch to a weighty subject.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
Veteran picture-book author Thompson teams with Cordell to create a deceptively simple instant classic. Little frog and his mother share a warm lily-pad embrace on the cover. Then comes the action: "Leap frog over the ladybug. Leap frog over the bee. / Leap frog over the prickly clover, / then leap back home to me!" As the little amphibian takes each ever-more-ambitious jumping adventure, his mother happily welcomes him back. The rhyming text creates a loving refrain that young ones will enjoy repeating. Sound effects for alternating excursions add to the interactive fun, as frog goes, "PLIP! ... SPROING! ... WHEEEEE! ... WHOOSH!" over clover, splashing beavers, rocky hilltops and roaming clouds. Cordell works his magic with pen, ink and vibrant watercolors to not only perfectly complement the text but also show little frog's growing confidence and sheer glee at each accomplishment as the day progresses. Mama frog patiently awaits her little one with smiles, crayons, a storybook, dinner and, finally, another hug as he does a "Leap frog over the sun. / Leap frog as high as you please. / Leap frog out to the farthest stars... / when you leap home, here I'll be." A sure delight to present to a preschool group or share one on one. Hop to it and make sure this is on your shelf! (Picture book. 2-4)
Leonard S. Marcus
…[a] warmly reassuring rhyme which, with the buoyant lilt of a song lyric, reaffirms a mother frog's love for her leapfrogging lad…Matthew Cordell's nimble line-and-watercolor illustrations are loose-limbed, unaffected and suitably silly.
—The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416906643
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date:
04/26/2011
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
749,878
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Lauren Thompson is the author of several picture books, including the popular Mouse’s First series, Little Quack series, and the Wee Little series. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed The Apple Pie That Papa Baked as well as Leap Back Home to Me; Chew, Chew, Gulp!; and Hop, Hop, Jump! She lives with her husband and son in Brooklyn, New York.

Matthew Cordell’s work has appeared in several books, including Leap Back Home to Me by Lauren Thompson and Itsy-Bitsy Baby Mouse by Michelle Meadows. He lives with his wife outside of Chicago.

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Leap Back Home to Me 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
kas96 More than 1 year ago
My daughter absolutely loves the book. The pictures are bright and engaging, but not so busy her young eyes can't focus on them. I love the story line. We've nearly read the first copy we own to death. I'm going to be purchasing another one. :)