Once There Was a Bull... Frog

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Illustrated by Greg Hally When a bullfrog sets out to find his lost hop in the Old West, nothing is what it appears to be. With the flip of a page, a toad becomes a toadstool, a dog becomes a doghouse, a cow becomes a cowboy and a stage becomes a stagecoach in this rollicking story that’s a true page-turner—in every sense of the word! Noteworthy for its clever design, this amusing tale…illustrates how art and placement of text can affect a reader’s perception of a story. --Booklist Compound words are split for ...
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Overview

Illustrated by Greg Hally When a bullfrog sets out to find his lost hop in the Old West, nothing is what it appears to be. With the flip of a page, a toad becomes a toadstool, a dog becomes a doghouse, a cow becomes a cowboy and a stage becomes a stagecoach in this rollicking story that’s a true page-turner—in every sense of the word! Noteworthy for its clever design, this amusing tale…illustrates how art and placement of text can affect a reader’s perception of a story. --Booklist Compound words are split for comic surprises…A high-energy read-aloud. --Publishers Weekly

A bullfrog in the Old West loses his hop in this lively tale where each page must be turned to complete the previous image.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A good idea never quite gets off the ground in this outing, in which compound words are split for comic surprises. On page one, for example, a picture of a spiraling oxtail is captioned, ``Once there was a bull...''; turn the page, and the tail becomes a long pink tongue and the sentence concludes, ``...frog who had lost his hop.'' Bullfrog goes searching for his hop ``under a toad... stool'' and ``in a patch of grass... hoppers,'' but cannot leap until he encounters a ``diamond... back rattlesnake looking for breakfast.'' Walton's most amusing moment may be Bullfrog's statement, ``I'm so hungry I could eat a horse... fly.'' The story is never more than banal, but could easily lend itself to a high-energy, read-aloud. The book's design is as straightforward as its plot; undulating lines of hand-drawn text caption square paintings of Bullfrog's adventures. Debut illustrator Hally layers what look to be multicolored pastels on a grainy surface, forgoing precise detail for a slightly unconventional, impressionistic effect. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
This bull (frog) has lost his hop but readers will be surprised where he looks for it. Compound words are broken when the page turns. So, grass becomes grasshopper and lady becomes ladybird. The illustrations are cleverly done, too. The whiskers of a cat are seen on one page and on the next the whiskers appear on a catfish. What appears to be a close up of a stage curtain is actually the curtains of a stagecoach when you turn the page. The lively illustrations have a wonderful texture and a sophisticated use of color. The uncluttered design really helps the visual jokes. The text is hand-drawn in a gentle wave across the bottom of each page, very appropriate for a bullfrog in search of his hop.
Lauren Peterson
Noteworthy for its clever design, this amusing tale about a bullfrog searching for his lost hop illustrates how art and placement of text can affect a reader's perception of a story. By splitting the compound word at the end of the last line of text on the right-hand page ("He landed hard in a patch of grass ... " ) and strengthening the image with an illustration (a picture of a grassy field), Walton encourages readers to guess what will appear on the following page. But a flip of the page always reveals something quite different from what is expected (grasshoppers leaping into the air). Younger children may need an adult to point out the visual clues, but most kids will quickly catch on to the pattern and enjoy predicting what's to come. In addition to the obvious tie with lessons on compound words, this could be used to inspire students to do some creative writing of their own.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879056520
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 8/30/1995
  • Edition description: 1st EDITION
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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