Little Frog's Tadpole Trouble

Little Frog's Tadpole Trouble

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by Tatyana Feeney
     
 

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Little Frog lives with his mommy and daddy. It's just the three of them, and Little Frog likes it that way. But one day, his parents tell him he is going to be a big brother—to NINE tadpoles!

Little Frog is not impressed with his baby siblings. They can't jump. They can't play drums. They can't do anything! All they do is keep Mommy and Daddy busy—too

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Little Frog lives with his mommy and daddy. It's just the three of them, and Little Frog likes it that way. But one day, his parents tell him he is going to be a big brother—to NINE tadpoles!

Little Frog is not impressed with his baby siblings. They can't jump. They can't play drums. They can't do anything! All they do is keep Mommy and Daddy busy—too busy for Little Frog.

But with a little time, big brother realizes that tadpoles grow into little frogs, just like him. And having nine new playmates makes his family better than ever.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/28/2013
“Stupid tadpoles,” Little Frog says about his nine new siblings. They can’t do much (“The tadpoles couldn’t even jump”), and they require all of his parents’ attention. Casting the family as frogs lets Feeney show Mommy and Daddy jumping, literally, to fulfill the tadpoles’ needs, netting them out of the bathtub and adding water to the Mason jar they live in. “That’s not nice,” Daddy tells Little Frog. “After all, you were a tadpole once, and very soon they will be little frogs... just like you.” As with her earlier titles, Small Bunny’s Blue Blanket and Little Owl’s Orange Scarf, Feeney strips the story down to the sprightliest details, drawing each frog with a lumpy box body and two blinking, headlamp eyes. The apple-green line drawings set a distinctive detail or two—a fringed picnic blanket, an insect-themed mobile—against white backdrops. It only takes a couple pages for Little Frog to move from resentment to enthusiasm for his new siblings. Feeney’s grasp of picture book pacing and economy is sound, and she delivers the message of patient waiting without sentimentality or snarkiness. Up to age 3. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
Little Frog lived with his mom and his dad. It was just the three of them and that is the way he liked it. They had fun together, sailing, and flying balloons. One day Little Frog found out he was going to be a big brother to nine tadpoles. Little Frog was not very happy about this news. He had learned to do many things but the tadpoles could not do any of them. They were helpless little creatures that could not build a tower or play drums. All the tadpoles could do was keep Mommy and Daddy too busy to play with Little Frog. Dad was too busy when Little Frog wanted a good night kiss. However, Dad kindly explained to Little Frog that the tadpoles would grow quickly and then be able to do lots of things with him, like building towers. Soon he realized that all the tadpoles actually were new playmates. Very sweet, humorous two-color line drawings illustrate this story with a familiar theme of adjusting to siblings. Reviewer: Kristin Harris; Ages 3 up.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-20
Little Frog becomes a big brother and learns to adapt in this predictable sibling tale. Life is good for Little Frog—that is, until nine new tadpoles join the family. Suddenly, his parents are preoccupied, and resentment sets in. But when the tadpoles turn into frogs, the siblings play together and Little Frog becomes the "best big brother to them all." A pat ending to a rote storyline. Feeney's short text and simple illustrations appear to be for a very young audience, yet the protagonist calls his siblings "stupid," a term that seems more likely to fall from the lips of older children. While the author tries to use the careless phrase as a teachable moment, parents should ready themselves to deal with it as well. Well-composed images, done in pencil with a three-color design, offer an enjoyable layout. Still, while the design is interesting and the linework precise, both the text and artwork are missing a consideration that would have given this tale more substance. A recycled plot for an already-full new-sibling bookshelf. (Picture book. 2-4)
School Library Journal
01/01/2014
PreS-Gr 2—Meet the Frog family: Mommy, Daddy, and Little Frog. It is just the three of them until Little Frog learns that he is about to become a big brother to nine tadpoles. When his siblings arrive, they can't jump, play the drums, or do much of anything except take up mom and dad's time and attention. His parents are too busy with the babies to read The Frog Prince at bedtime, or give goodnight kisses. Daddy reminds his son that one day soon the tadpoles will become frogs. Indeed, Little Frog discovers that as the tadpoles mature, they can be good playmates and do lots of fun things. Feeney uses whimsical line drawings with an ample amount of white space. The frogs' squarish features are amusing. Although the plot is not terribly strong, and the characters not as charming as the animals in Small Bunny's Blue Blanket (Knopf, 2012), parents will appreciate the positive message about welcoming new siblings into the family.—Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385753722
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
01/07/2014
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
12.10(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
AD420L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 Months to 3 Years

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