Framed as a story within a story, Drachman's narrator tells a tale to a pond full of young frogs eager to hear about the adventures of one of their own. More than anything, Frank, the young amphibian protagonist, wants to fly. But everyone knows frogs don't fly; flying is simply not a "frog thing," like hopping or swimming. Frank nonetheless pours his heart into getting airborne, to no avail. One day, happenstance gives him a lift when he rescues a baby bird that has fallen into the pond. A grateful mother offers Frank any reward he desires-and she soon finds a clever way to grant the froggy hero his fondest wish. Drachman's voice is smooth and inviting; his telling well-paced for the younger set, yet still entertaining enough for any age listener. Splashy sound effects and snippets of orchestral music that soar right along with Frank's determination give this warm and entertaining outing some additional heart. Ages 3-7. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Frank is a frog who wanted to fly. His parents always gave that oft-heard encouragement, "You can do whatever you set your mind to, Frankie." So, Frankie set his mind to flying. But his little frog body did not cooperate. He took off from his lily pad but instead of flying, he flopped. He kept trying and kept flopping. All of his attempts to fly tired him out, and Frank rested on a leaf floating in the pond. Suddenly, he heard a splash and saw a baby bird sinking into the water. He rescued the bird and was later rewarded by the bird's momma in a way that helped his dream come true. At the same time he realized that, as a frog, his talent was for swimming. Frankie is an expressive little creature, and the illustrations show his determination, his sense of failure and, finally, his feelings of joy. A CD is included so that young readers can follow along, turning the pages on cue. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
PreS-Gr 2-When a determined frog sets his mind on flying, everyone laughs at his unsuccessful efforts to become airborne, and his parents assure him that he is capable of doing any "frog thing." Despite their cautionary words, Fred refuses to give up on his dream. After he rescues a baby bird that falls into the pond, its mother is so grateful and admiring of Frank's swimming skills that she takes him for the ride of his life. Frank clings to a twig as the bird and one of her friends lift it and him into the air to glide, swoop, and dive high above his watery home. When he returns to Earth, the young frog tells his parents that he realizes he should be proud of his own special talents. This charming tale about a youngster's moment of self-discovery is accompanied by dreamy, delicate illustrations rendered in gouache, colored pencil, and pastels. Children can read along with the author and a cast of other voices as they listen to the CD, which features sound effects and mood-setting classical music. Pair this delightful title with Karma Wilson's humorous counting book, A Frog in the Bog (S & S, 2003).-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
A frog with a yen to fly gives over to his ambition in this virtually trauma-free take on the popular theme. Frank's parents assure him that he can do anything he sets his mind to, but back off when he reveals his desire, explaining that flying is a BIRD THING, not a frog thing. But when Frank rescues a small bird, its grateful parents grant his request and take him into the sky on a twig. Landing safely, he realizes that it was really the birds doing the flying, not him-and so blithely hops off to do the frog thing instead. Illustrated with cartoon scenes of bright-eyed, pond-side residents, including frogs that stand on two feet, and packaged with a CD that features both a dramatic multi-voiced reading and extra discussion to make the lessons explicit, this merits sharing with all children needing to learn to accept their limitations. (Picture book. 6-8)