One, Two, Three, Jump!

One, Two, Three, Jump!

by Penelope Lively, Jan Ormerod
     
 

"I want to be somewhere else", thinks a young frog who is sitting between two stones. he sets off to explore, under the watchful eye of a kindly dragonfly. But there are all sorts of dangers lurking in the garden--from a boy's big feet to a curious cat to a very hungry bird. The frog has to one, two, three . . . JUMP! out of some sticky situations before he finds the… See more details below

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Overview

"I want to be somewhere else", thinks a young frog who is sitting between two stones. he sets off to explore, under the watchful eye of a kindly dragonfly. But there are all sorts of dangers lurking in the garden--from a boy's big feet to a curious cat to a very hungry bird. The frog has to one, two, three . . . JUMP! out of some sticky situations before he finds the perfect spot to play in. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Patricia Riley
When a young frog sets out to find "somewhere else," a dragonfly, who can see the dangers in the garden, urges him to "one, two, three...jump!" out of harm's way several times. Finally, the frog lands in a pond, just the place for him. Simple illustrations in bright, flat colors expand on the frog's close calls in this playful tale of finding one's place.
The Horn Book Guide
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Have you ever thought it might be fun to be somewhere else, to see other things, or experience life in a new place? When a young frog meets up with a dragonfly, they set out to explore new lands hoping to find the perfect spot to live. Luckily the dragonfly has eyes that can see front, back, and sideways. She is always on the lookout for any trouble that may come their way. Curiosity soon becomes a problem for this duo, as trouble seems to be waiting around every corner. The kindly dragonfly gets them out of some tight spots by helping the frog to "one, two, three...jump!" After a few dicey situations they find the most wonderful place they could have ever imagined and it wasn't far from home. 1998, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, Ages 2 to 6, $16.00. Reviewer: Sharon Tolle—Children's Literature
School Library Journal
PreS-This attractive picture book just misses the mark. The simple story line follows an adventurous frog as he jumps from place to place at the urging of a cautious dragonfly. Repetition of the title phrase; variations in type size, spacing, and placement; and bright, flat illustrations are all designed to appeal to young listeners. Unfortunately, the text also seems flat in places. Characterization, although understandably brisk, is somewhat disappointing. The frog seems petulant in his refusal to follow the dragonfly's (uniformly good) advice. Meanwhile, the dragonfly sounds bossy and unreasonable because he doesn't explain the dangers he's helping the frog to avoid. Still, Ormerod's illustrations have child appeal. Stylized flowers bloom, the bright orange cat has four straight stripes above its paws, and the dragonfly features a rainbow mix of colors. On occasion, this simplicity makes some items hard to identify. For example, the "two stones" between which the frog lives look more like two perfectly round balls of dirt. Robert Kalan's Jump, Frog, Jump! (Greenwillow, 1995) and Ellen Stoll Walsh's Hop Jump (Harcourt, 1993) are more engaging alternatives.-Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689822018
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date:
02/09/1999
Edition description:
1st U.S. Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.46(w) x 9.38(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

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