Working Frog

Working Frog

by Nancy Winslow Winslow Parker

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Winston, a ``seven-inch, one-pound Bullfrog,'' tells his professional success story--he's a one-time common reptile who is mysteriously plucked from the pond and taken under cover of night to the Bronx Zoo. In the barren holding tank he suffers temporary depression over his lifestyle transition but perks upon hearing that he is to replace a ``stressed out'' bullfrog in a cushy, homelike display tank. Parker's frog bucks the current tide of human empathy for animals and their environments--the precocious Winston is honored to serve as display for human faces pressed against his tiny glass box. A remote, passive first-person voice unfortunately accentuates Parker's somewhat listless prose. Yet for youngsters interested in the quiet scenes behind the people noise at the reptile house this book offers some rewards. Also, adults can energize this potentially entertaining story simply by talking children through Parker's highly descriptive watercolor and ink illustrations. Ages 5-up. (Apr . )
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-3-- A bland blend of fact and fiction. The subject of this ``autobiography'' is Winston, a handsome bullfrog whose tranquil life on the pond is changed forever when he is captured and placed on exhibit in the Reptile House at the Bronx Zoo. In four short chapters, Winston describes the procedures that zoo personnel follow after his arrival and his adjustment to his new job as a live exhibit for enthusiastic crowds. The prosaic descriptions of zoo operations are uninteresting, and the main character is pretty colorless. Even for an anthropomorphized frog, some of his comments are ill-chosen, such as the trite and patently inappropriate, ``I couldn't believe my ears.'' The brightly hued, cartoonlike drawings are appealingly done; a few, such as the drawing of the frog proudly holding up his long leg to be measured, display a touch of humor that is never fully developed elsewhere. The text is clearly written, but some of the words will need clarification (``sullen,'' ``sociability,'' ``puncture,'' ``stool sample,'' ``parasites,'' etc.). A good factual introduction to a zoo is Machotka's What Do You Do at a Petting Zoo? (Morrow, 1990). --Karey Wehner, San Francisco Pub . Lib .

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HarperCollins Publishers
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1st ed
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5 Years

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