The Ring Went Zing!: A Story That Ends With a Kiss

The Ring Went Zing!: A Story That Ends With a Kiss

by Sean Taylor, Jill Barton
     
 

Once upon a time, once and never again, a frog fell in love with a chicken, and so he bought her a golden ring. But when he drops that ring? Well, that's when the real fun starts. From the swan in sports gear to a skateboarding rabbit, from a tricycling goat to a dachshund on a motorcycle, the antics get faster and funnier with each new page turn. The frog finally

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Once upon a time, once and never again, a frog fell in love with a chicken, and so he bought her a golden ring. But when he drops that ring? Well, that's when the real fun starts. From the swan in sports gear to a skateboarding rabbit, from a tricycling goat to a dachshund on a motorcycle, the antics get faster and funnier with each new page turn. The frog finally does get the ring back, teamwork prevails, and the story ends with a kiss (just not the one you might expect!).

Sean Taylor's boppy rhythms and a ringing refrain will have kids anticipating lines and shouting along. Of course, a great read-aloud is made even better by great illustrations, and award-winner Jill Barton delivers with comically attired animals and a variety of kid-appealing vehicles. A perfect ?every kid? book in the classic mold.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Right from the title, Taylor (Crocodiles Are the Best Animals of All!) promises a happy ending for this irrepressible frogwins-chicken-but-loses-ring story. But getting there isn't easy. "on't worry," the author reassures readers who've just watched the adoring frog and chicken ("so woozled with love") fumble their golden ring, which bounces away into the distance, "the story will still end with a kiss." Barton (It's Quacking Time) shows similar consideration; as the ring bounces from place to place, her pencil and watercolor vignettes quiver with activity, yet colors stay soft, faces friendly, and the sequence of events clear. Animals on various vehicles are recruited to join the chase, not always successfully: "The sausage dog looked like he knew what to do./ In actual fact, he hadn't a clue." Taylor's rhyming prose mimics the bouncing ring with lots of delicious sound words thrown in ("The goat saw something whirr with a whizz./ But it came so fast, she got in a tizz"); a small surprise ending crowns the adventure. A love story that's long on charm and entirely free of mush. Ages 3-5. (June)
School Library Journal
Gr 2—This story opens on a whimsical note: "Once upon a time.../once and never again.../just once.../a frog and a chicken fell in love." A cumulative tale ensues as the frog presents his beloved with a lovely golden ring and it skips away, bouncing by a jogging swan, a skateboarding rabbit, a goat on a tricycle, and a singing dachshund who's leaning on his motorbike. Each animal tries to catch the elusive ring and invites the previous group to jump on its vehicle. The ending is happier than happy. Taylor is an accomplished poet, and the ring isn't the only thing that goes "Zing!" here. The illustrations are every bit as fizzy as the writing. Barton uses a white background to set off gently colorful and lightly outlined shapes and a font that sometimes changes color for emphasis. The animals' expressions are hilarious and the action is hyperkinetic. The image of the frog, goat, chicken, swan, and rabbit precariously piled onto a speeding trike are both harmonious and sidesplitting. There are hordes of cumulative stories around, and this type of narrative strengthens memory, offers opportunities for prediction, and is entertaining to boot. The Ring Went Zing! should bounce its way to the upper tiers of the genre.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
Kirkus Reviews
When a frog and chicken fall in love, the frog proposes but drops the ring. It skips away past a jogging swan, a rabbit on a skateboard, a goat on a trike and a sausage dog on a motorcycle. As the chicken and frog give chase, the swan calls out, "Hop on! We'll stop that ring!" Each animal they pass adds to the stack, a la the Bremen Town Musicians. In energetic pursuit the sextet "race[s], chase[s], stretche[s], perche[s], hurrie[s], scurrie[s], swerve[s], and lurche[s]" as the runaway ring tings, pings, zings-and plops into the town-square fountain. Everyone is dismayed, except the frog, who hops into the fountain and retrieves it. The story ends with a kiss-and a surprise. It's the details in Barton's comic pencil-and-watercolor illustrations combined with the oh-so-catchy text that put the zing in the tale. Accessories add flair to each character: The chicken wears a pearl necklace; her swain has a red-and-white striped scarf; the swan wears headphones; the dog strums a guitar. The playful type puts bounce in the madcap adventure. A ring-a-ding winner. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803733114
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/10/2010
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 11.78(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Sean Taylor splits his time between England and Brazil.

Jill Barton lives in Devon, England.

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