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Pres-Gr 1- At spring's arrival, Frog heads home to the pond, but stops to frolic with his pals Badger, Hedgehog, Rabbit, and Mouse. He borrows Mouse's lantern as dark approaches, is startled by the black "Pond Monster" (his shadow) that appears in the reeds, and flees in terror. Each friend takes a turn accompanying Frog back, each viewing her/his own version of the monster. When the first four see Mouse's shadow rise across the bank as she approaches, they realize their error and Frog finally splashes in. Preschoolers who fear the dark will relate to Frog's feelings, and will surmise the joke early on. Chapman's lush swamp paintings make perfect frames for the rounded animal stars. The refrain, "Woo-woo! the wind blew in the trees. Squeak-squeak! went the lanterns. 'Wait for me!' cried Mouse" provides interactive storytelling opportunities. Though the story is not particularly original in concept, the book's pace and large scenes will engage young listeners, and it could encourage active experimentation with shadows.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Posted July 21, 2010
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Frog is ready to settle down for the night. He is just about to jump in the water when he spies a pond monster coming out of the dark reeds. Frog and his friends search for the pond monster two more times. Each time, the monster is bigger and scarier than the last. In the end, Frog and friends are all amused when mouse accidentally reveals the mystery of the pond monster. M. Christina Butler and Jane Chapman make being in the dark almost seem like fun. This story, along with playing in the dark with light and shadows, is a surefire way to help take the pressure off a child who fears the dark.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 20, 2010
I purchased The Dark Dark Night because my daughter LOVES frogs (there is nothing better than a frog at my house), and I was familiar with the illustrator, Jane Chapman. She illustrated the bear books, Bear Shores on, Bear Feels Scared, Bear Wants More and on and on, and in fact, the characters of The Dark Dark Night do indeed look like bear's friends making them an already familiar bunch with just one adorable addition.
This is a story about a bunch of friends who are afraid of their shadows. First, frog sees his shadow, and runs off to find a friend. The two friends see an even bigger shadow, on we go from there, until through one little mouse they realize they've been a silly little bunch and have been running from their shadows every time!
Just scary enough for toddlers while still being fun and full of valuable concepts, such as, shadows, happy and scared, size (as the shadow grows). Adorably illustrated with familiar friends-enjoy.