Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolateby 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
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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- 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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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!