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Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate
     

Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate

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by Dianne De Las Casas, Holly Stone-Barker (Illustrator)
 

A long, long time ago, the Sun God spent his days enjoying a very special secret treat: rich, dark cacao. Unlike the Wind God, the Sun God did not want to share this heavenly food with the creatures of the Earth. One day, the Wind God transformed himself into the Rana Azul, or Blue Frog, and he taught the children of the Earth where to find the secret cacao

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A long, long time ago, the Sun God spent his days enjoying a very special secret treat: rich, dark cacao. Unlike the Wind God, the Sun God did not want to share this heavenly food with the creatures of the Earth. One day, the Wind God transformed himself into the Rana Azul, or Blue Frog, and he taught the children of the Earth where to find the secret cacao beans through song. A recipe for hot chocolate and a sprinkling of Spanish words and phrases enhance this intricately illustrated foodie fable.

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Children's Bookwatch
Written by Dianne De Las Casa and illustrated by Holly Stone-Barker, "Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate" is a 32 page picture book story of how a long, long time ago, the Sun God spent his days enjoying a very special secret treat: rich, dark cacao. Unlike the Wind God, the Sun God did not want to share this heavenly food with the creatures of the Earth. One day, the Wind God transformed himself into the Rana Azul, or Blue Frog, and he taught the children of the Earth where to find the secret cacao beans through song. "Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate" is enhanced for children ages 5 to 8 (Kindergarten - 3rd Grade) with a recipe for hot chocolate and a sprinkling of Spanish words and phrases enhance this intricately illustrated folklore fable. A thoroughly entertaining picture book from first page to last, "Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate" will prove to be welcome and popular addition to family, school, and community library collections.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—The Sun God loves his cacao tree; every day he eats the beans out of the pods, enjoying the chocolate flavor. When the Wind God suggests that he share this treasure with the people of Earth, the greedy Sun God refuses ("The cacao is not meant for humans!"). The Wind God transforms himself into a blue frog and goes off to tell a group of children about the delectable treat; the children, in turn, spread the word about the Sun God's secret delicacy. Inspired by Aztec and Mayan art, Stone-Barker's bright, cut-paper, collage illustrations bring this folktale to life. The changing text sizes, fonts, and colors add to the art, and onomatopoeia helps the story flow with imagination. Spanish words are sprinkled throughout the text, placing the tale solidly in the Mexican culture. This is a picture book with a high-interest subject and plenty of storytime appeal. An author's note and recipe for Mexican hot cocoa are included.—Lora Van Marel, Orland Park Public Library, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455614592
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/2011
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,030,462
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 8 Years

Meet the Author

Dianne de Las Casas is an award-winning author, storyteller, recording artist, and founder of the celebrated November Is Picture Book Month initiative. She hunts and pecks a good story everywhere she goes. Her work has earned rave reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus. She performs worldwide at schools, conferences, and special events and is the author of many picture books with Pelican, including Mama's Bayou, The House That Witchy Built, and Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate. She lives with her family in Harvey, Louisiana.

Illustrator Holly Stone-Barker graduated with a BFA in communications design from Pratt Institute in New York. She works as a freelance illustrator and enjoys teaching. Stone-Barker's colorful illustrations are created with a variety of different papers that she finds in her travels. Some of her other titles with Pelican include Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate and The Little "Read" Hen. She lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with her husband and two children.

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Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Yum! Who doesn't love chocolate? Chocolate cake, pudding, candy bars - the list goes on and on. But did you know there was once a time, fortunately a loooong time ago, when chocolate was the food of the gods and no humans were allowed to enjoy the delicious treats that came from the cacao tree? This is the tale of how humans finally got to delight in the wonders of chocolate. Sun God is very happy. In fact, it seems he's always happy because he gets to eat the rich, yummy food hidden inside the cacao pods whenever he wants. "Delicious!" he says again and again. When the Wind God overhears Sun God remarking about this amazing food of the gods, he suggests sharing the "tesoro de cacao, your cacao treasure, with the people of the earth." Sun God laughs at the suggestion because chocolate is the food of the gods; no human may indulge in the treat. Wind God is determined to find a way to get the cacao pods to his human friends so he transforms himself into a blue frog and hops along to the village to tell the children of his discovery: "Sun God hides his treasure deep./By the pond, inside large pods,/he hides the secret food of the gods." Will the people of the earth find the cacao tree and enjoy the many foods made from its pod? What will the Sun God do when he learns of the Wind God's betrayal? Based on an Aztec legend, Blue Frog is an absolutely delightful tale that introduces young readers to this ancient world. The story is upbeat and happy, and the illustrations are bright and cheery and work perfectly with the text. There are numerous Spanish words/phrases inserted into the text, all translated within the text, that help move the story along. By the end of the story children may be going around exclaiming "delicioso" and "tesoro de cacao." A perfect bedtime story as well as a read/discuss book for classroom work. Quill says: Yum, this book is delicioso!