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Ribbit!

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A group of frogs are living happily in a peaceful pond, until they discover a surprise visitor: a little pink pig. Sitting contentedly on a rock in the middle of their pond, the pig opens his mouth and says: RIBBIT! The frogs are bewildered at first, and then a bit annoyed—"What did that little pig just say?", "Does he think he's a frog?", "Is he making fun of us?" 

Soon the pig draws the attention of all the nearby animals; everyone is curious to know what he wants! After ...

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A group of frogs are living happily in a peaceful pond, until they discover a surprise visitor: a little pink pig. Sitting contentedly on a rock in the middle of their pond, the pig opens his mouth and says: RIBBIT! The frogs are bewildered at first, and then a bit annoyed—"What did that little pig just say?", "Does he think he's a frog?", "Is he making fun of us?" 

Soon the pig draws the attention of all the nearby animals; everyone is curious to know what he wants! After much guessing (and shouting) and a visit to the wise old beetle, the animals realize that perhaps the pig was not there to mock them afterall—maybe he just wanted to make new friends!  But is it too late?  This is a warm, funny, and beautifully illustrated story of friendship, with boisterous RIBBIT!s throughout—perfect for reading aloud.  

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Quit predictably, the frogs love their pond, the watery place where they hop around, lie about on lily-pads and exchange "ribbit!" greetings. Then one day, a strange visitor is seen, sitting on a rock in the middle of the pond—and it isn't a frog at all; it's a little pink pig. At first the colony of amphibian leapers doesn't know what to make of this uninvited guest: Is he an invader? a mocker? Or simply delusional? Finally, the truth gets sorted out and peace comes once again to the placid pond.

Publishers Weekly
In a story from the duo behind Bob the Dog, a pink pig appears on a rock in a pond amid a large family of anxious frogs, confounding them all by enigmatically repeating “Ribbit,” like a cheerful cousin to Poe’s raven. What is the meaning of his call? Has he decided not to be a pig anymore? “This new relative of yours is a little pink!” says a raccoon, cocking his head skeptically. Bernatene’s animals, painted on paper whose grain can be seen underneath the washed strokes of color, have oversize snouts and eyes whose expressions range from puzzlement to consternation. A consultation with the local wise beetle produces an answer: “Maybe... he just wanted to make new friends.” But when they return, the pig has moved on. Silly animals that don’t know what to do are a perennial favorite, and Bernatene has an instinctive sense for visual comedy, as when the pig realizes that things aren’t going according to plan with the tiniest twitch of a porcine eyebrow. Sometimes, Folgueira reminds readers, the wisdom of the crowd is actually foolishness. Ages 3–6. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Great is the consternation among a family of frogs when one morning they discover a surprise visitor sitting inscrutably on a rock in the middle of their pond, uttering only one most un-piglike word, "Ribbet!" Is the pig confused about his species identity? Or is he making a mockery of all things froggy? As other animals—raccoon, weasel, parrot—weigh in with their own opinions, tensions build ("Why would a pig want to be a frog?" asks the parrot; "And what's wrong with being a frog, may we ask?" retort the frogs). It is only the wise old beetle who realizes that everyone has been seriously overthinking the issue: maybe the pig just wanted to make friends. But by this point, the pig has vacated the rock where he was made to feel so unwelcome, to sit happily on a nearby tree branch surrounded by new bird friends with whom he is happily tweeting. Folgueira's witty text and Bernatene's luminous paintings explore the challenges of communicating across difference, and how much our own willful misunderstandings can impede connection. Readers will cheer to see the friendship-seeking pig surrounded by his new bird companions and hope that one of these days the frogs will be willing to give oinking a try. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews
A cheerful pink pig is out to make new friends but causes confusion in the frog pond. One morning, the frogs discover a smiling and very big-faced pig perched high on a rock practicing his ribbits. The frogs are not exactly unwelcoming, but they do not know how to handle this conundrum. Pigs don't ribbit; frogs ribbit. Finally, after confusion and raised voices, they and their neighbors go off to consult the wise beetle. The beetle returns to the pond only to find an empty rock. What has happened to the ribbiting pig? He is located high in the branches of a tree, happily tweeting, where he is joined by all the animals in a rousing chorus. Full-page watercolor paintings on textured paper create a charming little world inhabited by very personable creatures. The pig's outsized face only makes his smile more endearing. The font size grows larger as the ribbits grow louder. Young listeners will enjoy this tale by an Argentinian duo and noisily join in the fun. A warm and gentle story about finding new friends and reaching out to others who may croak and warble to the beat of a slightly different drummer but who sing in the same friendly key. (Picture book. 2-6)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
One morning, a family of frogs is surprised to discover a little pink pig on a rock near their pond. When the chief frog asks what they can do for him, the pig replies, "Ribbit!" Soon other animals come to see the pig who sounds like a frog. As they discuss and argue, the pig repeats, "Ribbit!" They decide to ask the wise old beetle what to do. When he goes to the pond with them, however, to their surprise the pig is gone. "Maybe he just wanted to make friends," suggests the beetle. They had not thought of that. "And sure enough...high up in a tree nearby, was the little pig." He is now saying, "Tweet!" and is soon joined by many friends, all happily tweeting with him. Much of the visual fun of this humorous tale is in small packages, like the frogs' expressions. One cannot miss the large-headed pink pig nor the very large "Ribbit!" But check the frog with extended tongue trying to catch an insect, or another scratching his head in amazement. All the creatures are comic and exaggerated in this thought-provoking plea for friendship. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—In this charming tale of friendship, a frog family wakes up one morning to find an unexpected guest at their pond. "It was a pig-a little pink pig-sitting on a rock." The suspicious frogs are flummoxed by his arrival, and when the visitor will only "ribbit" to explain his presence, the frogs, along with a variety of woodland busybodies, become flustered and annoyed. Finally they consult the wise old beetle, but by the time they explain the dilemma and bring the beetle back to witness the phenomenon, the pig has disappeared. The animals are confused and curious as to the meaning of his appearance, and the beetle suggests that perhaps the piglet just wanted to make friends. "'Oh dear!' said the animals. They hadn't thought of that!" All ends well with the frogs and other animals joining the little porker with his newest group of friends-perched in a tree. "Tweet!" Bernatene's sassy, fretful frogs are delightfully expressive and unique, especially when contrasted with the supremely self-assured and content piglet. Both illustrations and story work equally well for large groups or one-on-one, and the narrative packs enough emotional punch for dramatic read-alouds.—Anna Haase Krueger, Ramsey County Library, MN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307981462
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/26/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 98,401
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

RODRIGO FOLGUEIRA studied art at Buenos Aires National School of Fine Art and works as an author and illustrator, specializing in children's books. He lives and works in Argentina. 

POLY BERNATENE graduated from Buenos Aires Art School and has worked across many different genres including advertising, animation, and comic books. He has published more than 60 children's books all over the world. He lives and works in Argentina.

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