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Once upon a time all frogs had beady little eyes...until one frog boasted that he could stare longer than anyone. Joung Un Kim's bold colors and stylized artwork are as spirited and amusing as the hilarious competition between Frog and his friends.

About the Author:

Joung Un Kim has illustrated five picture books, including A Year for Kiko by Freida Wolff. She lives in New York.

A fable explaining how a staring contest left frogs with large eyes.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This story could be classified as a fable or a pourquoi story. Frog didn't always have big eyes that popped out. A long time ago, frog had small eyes, but one particular frog enjoyed staring and bragged that no one could out stare him. Several of the animals tried but they all failed until fish took up the challenge. Frog stared so hard that his eyes grew bigger and bigger and, from that day on, that is the way they stayed. Fish of course can't blink as the boastful frog learned. The introduction describes the levels in the "Green Light Reader" series and provides some helpful tips to those working with kids. There is also a very brief blurb and photo of the illustrator. A Level 2 book. 2000, Harcourt, and $3.95. Ages 6 to 8. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-In this succinct pourquoi tale, boastful Frog challenges other animals to staring contests. He defeats Horse and Rabbit, then takes on Fish. This dare lasts so long that Frog's eyes get "big, big, BIG" before he loses to the unblinking winner. Quirkily charming pictures in vivid colors strongly support the easy text. The book's small size makes it accessible to independent reading by the target audience. A solid choice for emerging readers.-Laura Santoro, Coventry Library, Cleveland Heights, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
For novice readers, a simply told original fable illustrated with scenes of familiar, brightly colored animals with beady, staring eyes. Staring is what it's all about, as Frog boasts that he can outstare any rival. He proves his claim on Horse and Rabbit, but meets his match in Fish—who, having no eyelids, holds Frog blinkless for so long that his eyes become large and fixed, as they are to this day. The moral's made clear without being spelled out, and occasional contractions keep very short text from sounding wooden. Good preparation for the classic fables of Aesop. Oddly, the illustrator gets a thumbnail profile, but not the author. (Easy reader. 5-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613646185
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: Green Light Reader Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

JOUNG UN KIM has illustrated several picture books, including What Do You Dream? by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, Sumi's First Day of School Ever by Soyung Pak, and one previous Green Light Reader, Why the Frog Has Big Eyes by Betsy Franco. She lives in Anaheim, California.
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