Outdoor Surprises

Outdoor Surprises

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A beginning reader book containing three stories featuring Frog and his friends where Frog joins a singing group, helps rescue a baby bird, and is scared by a nighttime storySee more details below

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A beginning reader book containing three stories featuring Frog and his friends where Frog joins a singing group, helps rescue a baby bird, and is scared by a nighttime story

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Children's Literature - Lisa Colozza Cocca
Frog is the charming star of the three short stories that make up this book. In the first story, Frog convinces his friends Raccoon, Possum, Rabbit, Squirrel, Chameleon, and Jumping Mouse to put on a singing concert with him. After much practice, Frog's throat is too sore to sing. Even a hot, steamy bowl of fly soup fails to cure the problem. When the big night comes, Frog is unable to sing with the Pond Singers. He learns, however, that he has another skill—telling jokes. His jokes have the audience rolling in the grass. In the second story, a storm knocks a baby bird out of its nest. Frog convinces his friends to help baby bird get back safely into its nest. In the third story, Frog and his friends sit around the pond telling scary stories. After becoming thoroughly frightened, Frog learns how nice it is to have friends to help you feel safe. The humor in this book is the perfect match for readers ready for their first chapter book experience. The illustrations support the text beautifully, aiding readers who might feel a bit challenged by some of the vocabulary. Reviewer: Lisa Colozza Cocca
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—This easy reader features an energetic amphibian, his numerous woodland companions, and their adventures in the great big world. In the first story, Frog's lighthearted side shines when a sore throat prevents him from singing and he shares jokes instead of joining the choir. The second tale highlights Frog's uncanny knack for volunteering Squirrel for a particularly dangerous assignment when a baby bird's nest falls from its tree. In the last selection, a spooky ghost tale, the critters are nervous when a towering shadow appears. Dynamic illustrations, largely in blue and green, break up the text, and the characters' animated expressions reinforce the action. Succinct dialogue provides some details of the characters' personalities. For example, "'Humph!' Squirrel said. 'I will try to not drop the nest. And I will try to not drop me.'" Overall, a sweet, fairly satisfying addition.—Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585368082
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Series:
I Am a Reader!: Frog and Friends
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
454,885
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
360L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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