Only Tadpoles Have Tails

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Children's Literature
All of Kicky's friends are full fledged frogs. He is the only one who still has a tail. Hoppy offers encouragement, but Croaker makes fun of Kicky and complains that his tail gets in the way when they are playing games. Croaker accuses Kicky of cheating when he uses his tail to make a save as the goalie in frogball. Seeing his distress, some of his friends come up with plans to pull Kicky's tail off, but it sticks tight. Everyone's attention is diverted when piranhas swim into their part of the lake. Kicky's tail enables him to swim quickly and distract the vicious fish as the frogs find safe spots. When Croaker pulls Kicky to safety, they discover his tail is gone. Bright, colorful illustrations occupy much of the space of each page, depicting first the frustration and then the joy of the frogs. Directions for making a piranha from cardboard and a chart showing the life cycle of a frog follow the story. Information about the author and illustrator, along with their pictures, appear in the back. A good book about friendship for young children. "Flying Foxes" series. 2004, Crabtree, and Ages 6 to 8.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-These stories incorporate facts that will please beginning readers who love nonfiction. In the first, Kicky the frog is upset that he still has his tadpole tail. Although his friend assures him that it's only a matter of time before it falls off, he is still impatient. In the end, the tail helps him to swim faster and escape piranhas, before it finally drops off. This story would be useful to introduce the life cycle of frogs, or, with its coming-of-age and friendship themes, for units on character education. In That's Not Right, young Ellie writes a short story about a bug getting stepped on. Later that evening, she meets a sow bug that retells the tale from his perspective. His wife provides her own account and the shoe provides a third version. This book offers a good example of point of view. In the final title, Josh forgets to bring the chocolate for a cake his class is baking. Everyone is upset with him, but he saves the day when he uses his magic backpack to travel to Africa to get cocoa. Forgetfulness, responsibility, and friendship are the major themes in this easy-reader. Each title ends with a related craft or activity and is illustrated with vivid cartoon artwork.-Christine E. Carr, Lester C. Noecker Elementary School, Roseland, NJ Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778715306
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Series: Flying Foxes Series
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 6 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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