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One Frog Sang

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"Children are sure to want to count these quirky frogs and to pore over the pages as they do. . . . Parenteau’s lyrical language is the icing on the cake." — KIRKUS REVIEWS

On a wet spring night, one big frog sings KA-BLU-URP! Two tiny frogs sing PREEP, PREEP, three young frogs sing RIBBIT, RIBBIT, all the way up to ten frogs who trill PEEP, PEEP as a frog chorus fills the air with grunts and croaks and chirps. The night is resonant until . . . a car splashes down the street and...

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Overview

"Children are sure to want to count these quirky frogs and to pore over the pages as they do. . . . Parenteau’s lyrical language is the icing on the cake." — KIRKUS REVIEWS

On a wet spring night, one big frog sings KA-BLU-URP! Two tiny frogs sing PREEP, PREEP, three young frogs sing RIBBIT, RIBBIT, all the way up to ten frogs who trill PEEP, PEEP as a frog chorus fills the air with grunts and croaks and chirps. The night is resonant until . . . a car splashes down the street and all the frogs, from ten down to one, are hushed! Shirley Parenteau offers a joyfully cacophonous counting-up and counting-down story, vibrantly illustrated by Cynthia Jabar.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Keri Collins
After the spring rains stop, the night comes to life with frogs singing their unique tunes in this melodic counting-up-counting-down picture book. From the big frog high on the garden wall serenading children in the house with his resonant solo "Ka-blu-urp," to the ten frogs peeping from lily pads floating in a pool of moonlit water, the varying sounds and locations of the amphibious chorus will engage youngsters and encourage them to chime in. Cynthia Jabar's soft illustrations convey the magic of nature's concert while endowing the lively frogs with a variety of emotions as they sing "for love." When a passing car disrupts the performance, all of the frogs grow still and silent, until the coast is clear and the singing starts again! A fun addition to the genre of counting books, this sound-filled romp will have kids hopping through math lessons on addition and subtraction, and will inspire young scientists to investigate just how many different kinds of frogs there are, where they live, and what they really sound like.
Kirkus Reviews
Children will love making the range of frog sounds, from "Preep, Preep" and "Gree-deep" to the more familiar "Ribbit, Ribbit," presented in this entertaining counting story. First they'll count up, a new group of frogs and a new sound for each number. And then, a car drives by, disrupting the quiet, and down they'll count as the frogs hop away or blend into the background. As soon as the car has rumbled past, the first frog resumes his song, and readers are reassured that the others will follow suit. Jabar's lively watercolor, aquapasto and gouache illustrations bestow each set of frogs with its own personality. Children are sure to want to count these quirky frogs and to pore over the pages as they do. Surprisingly, as the text is rather spare, Parenteau's lyrical language is really the icing on the cake of this successful offering. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763623944
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 2/27/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 738,249
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.63 (w) x 10.13 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Shirley Parenteau has written a number of books for children. This is her first with Candlewick Press. She lives in Elk Grove, California.

Cynthia Jabar has illustrated many books for children, including HOW MANY, HOW MANY, HOW MANY. She lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2007

    Truly Wonderful Kids Book

    My kids LOVE this book! There are lots of opportunities to interact with the kids rather then just reading. We repeat the frog songs, count the frogs, point out the number matching the number of frogs they counted, and they can practice counting forward and backward from 1-10 and back! My 4-year old likes to take the book on her own and count the total number of frogs--at least as far as she can count. Highly recommend. You'll love this one. :)

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