The Prince of the Pond: Otherwise Known as De Fawg Pin

The Prince of the Pond: Otherwise Known as De Fawg Pin

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by Donna Jo Napoli, Judy Schachner, Brothers Grimm, Judith Byron Schachner

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Having been turned into a frog by a hag, a frog-prince makes the best of his new life as he mates, raises a family, and instills a new kind of thinking into his frog family.


Having been turned into a frog by a hag, a frog-prince makes the best of his new life as he mates, raises a family, and instills a new kind of thinking into his frog family.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This variation on ``The Frog Prince'' is told by Jade, a watchful female frog who teaches the bewitched royal how to survive in the pond. Jade eventually becomes a frog wife and mother to a school of tadpoles. The romance between these two characters, somewhat convoluted and tinged with adult sensibilities, changes Jade's outlook and alters the traditional habits of the frog world. Incorporated into the story are absorbing observations about pond life from a factual perspective. However, Pin's attempts to humanize the frog world are questionable, as his eventual return to human form in front of his amphibian family leaves them saddened and bereft. The story is further weakened by an ongoing, supposedly comic device: the Prince, due to a problem with his tongue, indulges in a kind of baby talk, so that his words emerge as ``fawg'' for frog and ``obteh'' for lobster . Aided little by Schachner's rough-hewn black-and-white drawings (a few witty, some repetitious), the story, sadly, does not measure up to its premise. Ages 7-10. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-- When a female frog comes upon an attractive but very confused male sitting near a pile of human clothing, she's appalled to see that his feet tangle when he tries to leap, that his tongue keeps falling out of his mouth, and that he doesn't seem to know the first thing about frog behavior or predators. Though she does persuade him to eat bugs, he never learns to speak clearly, with ``I'm De Fawg Pin'' being a typical utterance, and he stubbornly clings to odd ideas (e.g., that the young must be cared for). He also demonstrates reckless, very unfroglike courage, and while rescuing one of his 50 offspring, he suddenly disappears. ``Pin's'' companion never does figure out what's going on, but readers will; his situation and reeducation is defined in broad, comic strokes against an accurate, almost technical, picture of pond ecology. The froggy characters are clearly delineated, and their feelings for one another are genuine, to the point that many readers may greet the prince's reversion to human form with mixed emotions. Ornamental borders and Schachner's pictures of goggle-eyed, expressive frogs in detailed, natural settings give the book a formal, dignified look that plants the tongue even more firmly in cheek. --John Peters, New York Public Library

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Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
Prince of the Pond Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.42(d)
460L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Donna Jo Napoli is the author of many books for children and young adults includingThe Magic Circle, Zel, and Stones in Water. She has won numerous awards, including the Golden Kite Award and the Sydney Taylor Award for Stones in Water. She lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

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The Prince of the Pond : Otherwise Known As De Fawg Pin 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss the back off your hand three times repost this on three diferent books and look under your pillow
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Prince of the Pond is a great tale. It is about a family of frogs. Pin is the father who has a spell put on him by a wicked hag. I think this book is strange and sad because Pin turns into a prince and the frogslets are left without a daddy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ah.. another wonderful story. Mrs. Napoli is a fantastic writer and a very nice person. I've enjoyed many of her books and this was no exception. Truly endearing to my heart, it made me cry, as all of her books have. Her endings are not the fairy tale happy endings you'd expect (or desire.. *sniff*) but they're beautifully concluded.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Prince of the Pond is a wonderful story to read aloud to students. It provides fascinating characters and a memorable twist on a well-loved story. I am third grade teacher, and my students and I just finished sharing it. We fell in love with Pin, Jade, Jimmy and the rest. We simply didn't want it to end. We laughed, we cried(okay, mostly me)and fell in love with this book.