Welcome to Frog and his world. He enjoys nothing better than spending time floating in his pond or visiting with his friends. He appreciates the simpler things in life and would prefer that things stay just the way they are--nice and peaceful. From acclaimed children's writer Eve Bunting comes a beginning reader series featuring the delightful Frog and his friends Rabbit, Possum, Raccoon, and Squirrel. In Best Summer Ever Frog compares himself to a bat, takes a much-needed vacation, and meets a Starman who helps ...
Welcome to Frog and his world. He enjoys nothing better than spending time floating in his pond or visiting with his friends. He appreciates the simpler things in life and would prefer that things stay just the way they are--nice and peaceful. From acclaimed children's writer Eve Bunting comes a beginning reader series featuring the delightful Frog and his friends Rabbit, Possum, Raccoon, and Squirrel. In Best Summer Ever Frog compares himself to a bat, takes a much-needed vacation, and meets a Starman who helps him see the night sky in a new way.
Frog and his friends are back (Frog and Friends, 2011) in another trio of early-reader tales, but this time they focus less on humor and problem solving and more on life lessons and manners. In the first story, Frog and Bat play a game, pointing out the ways in which they are different, though "not unkindly." There are compliments aplenty as the two discover that they have just as many similarities as differences. In the second story, Frog sets off for a vacation for some time alone to think. The trouble is, his friends all want to come along. Not wanting to be rude, Frog allows it, and it turns out to be the best vacation ever. In the final tale, Frog meets Starman, who gives away the stars in the sky (and teaches a few star facts in the process). Frog gathers all his friends, and they each pick out a star to be their very own, even though they have to stay in the sky. The hearty friendships are plenty evident, both in the text and in the expressive faces of Masse's characters, but with the book's emphasis on not hurting others' feelings and making sure all are included, this is definitely more didactic than the series opener. There are good lessons here, but here's hoping Bunting will deliver the next ones with a healthier helping of humor. (Early reader. 6-8)
- Emily Griffin
The star of the three short stories in this beginner reader from Sleeping Bear Press' "I am a Reader!" series, Frog is ready for the best summer ever! With his forest friends he enjoys all that summer has to offer by the pond. The table of contents informs young readers that the first story is "Frog and Little Brown Bat", and will read to find out Frog and Bat spend time one night comparing all the ways they are different—concluding that being the same has no bearing on being friends. The second story, "Frog Takes a Vacation", sees Frog feeling like he needs a change and a break. But when his friends find out, they want to come along on this day vacation. Frog really enjoys the surprise change in plans, and realizes that he can have peace and quiet when he is back in his normal pond. The third story has a more magical vibe to it. In "Frog and the Starman", the Starman visits Frog and explains how he gives away stars. A vaguely existential story, Frog and his friends name stars, sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and contemplate their happiness. Rich illustrations by Masse break up the text and add heart to this delightful beginner reader. Recommended. Reviewer: Emily Griffin
School Library Journal
Gr 1–2—This beginning reader has a positive message and sweet lessons on being a good friend. In the first story, Frog and Little Brown Bat explore their similarities and differences. "We are the same and not the same." In the second, Frog's plan to take a vacation alone becomes a group holiday for him and all of his friends and "it was the best vacation ever." The third story features Frog and Starman, a mysterious figure who gives away stars to Frog and his friends, but of course the celestial objects stay up in the sky. To thank the Starman for the pleasing gifts, the friends sing him "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." The colorful, digital cartoons are wonderful and the connection between the story and the illustrations is fantastic. An excellent addition to any collection.—Kathy Buchsbaum, Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, NY