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Children's LiteratureLeon is an old pond frog, but even in his old age, he has not stopped hoping that one day he will find his gift and make an impact on the pond community. The frogs around him all seem to have something that makes them stand out—beauty, strength, swiftness, and song—but Leon's only talent seems to be spotting danger. Leon thinks that being watchful just makes him a coward, but one day, when the whole pond is in danger, he finds that it is the very talent that makes him special and allows him to unleash his hidden strength and beauty. When Leon saves the day, the whole pond learns to appreciate his unique gifts for generations to come. Accompanied by warm, glowing illustrations of frogs that seem almost human in gesture and expression, Leon's journey to self-discovery is a gentle and uplifting story that asserts that it is never too late to find one's gift and the special place that it holds in the larger community. 2004, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Ages 5 to 8.