Froggy Learns to Swim

Froggy Learns to Swim


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140553123
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 06/28/1997
Series: Froggy Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 109,779
Product dimensions: 7.13(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Jonathan London is the creator of twenty-three books about lovable and endearingly popular Froggy. He is also a poet and a novelist. Jonathan and his wife live in Graton, California.


"My ideas for stories come from experience I've had, or from dreams or leap right out of my head - from my ever-active imagination," explains Jonathan London, who burst on the children's book scene in 1992 with the publication of three picture books. Since then he has published more than 20 picture books, including the popular Froggy series and the young adult novel, Where's Home?

"There are worlds of possibility within our own imaginations from which we can create stories that can make someone want to cry or laugh, play a saxophone or make a snowman. This act of writing, for me, is a part of my celebration of life, a way to give back a little for all that I have been given. Kind of thanks."

Jonathan London started writing poetry in his late teens. Although he received a Masters Degree in Social Sciences and never formally studied literature or creative writing, he began to consider himself a "writer" about the time he graduated from college. After college he became a dancer in a modern dance company and worked at numerous low-paying jobs as a laborer or counselor.

However, during this twenty-year period, London continued to write. He wrote poems and short stories for adults, earning next to nothing despite being published in many literary magazines. "It wasn't until I had kids of my own that I became a writer for children," he explains. "It all started with telling them stories when they were very young. I wrote down one of these stories, and it became The Owl Who Became the Moon, my first picture book sale (though it was my fourth to appear in print). Now I am finally making a living as a writer. A dream come true!"

Born a "Navy brat" in Brooklyn, New York, Jonathan was raised on Naval stations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Today he lives with his wife, Maureen, and their two sons, Aaron and Sean, in rural Northern California where they like to backpack in the summer, play in the snow in winter-and dance all year around.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
Frank Remkiewicz has illustrated numerous books for children, including the popular Froggy books by Jonathan London (Viking and Puffin). He lives in Sarasota, Florida.

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Froggy Learns to Swim 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
scadd07 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Stars for characterization.This book is a fantasy because frogs cannot talk, and do not wear scuba gear. I think this book is great for the primary age kids.
natasha.bevis on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I always loved reading the froggy books when I was younger because it always incorporated a lesson that I could learn with the funny story that came along with it. This is a humorous and excellent example of a modern fantasy because Froggy, the main character, and other characters in the book are given human characteristics and personalities, they also have the ability to talk and do many other things that humans can do.Level: PrimaryStars: Setting
tngrant on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Bubble bubble toot toot chicken airplane soldier! A great summer time read for children learning to swim.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Use to read at swim lessons
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DesertFoxOR More than 1 year ago
Froggy's adventures are always funny. He is his own worst enemy in his misadventures. This one is sure to bring a smile to all who read it and our grandchildren love the green one and have most of the series. I would recommend it to anyone, young and old, for a fun romp in Froggy's swamp...flop, flop, flop.
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My kids and I love the Froggy series in general. This is a great book for kids who fear swimming - it pretty realistically describes how one learns to get comfortable in the water.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The whole Froggy series is excellent, but this is mine and my son's favorite. Lot's of fun sounds that you can make while reading this. Funny storyline and eye catching illustrations. A must have for preschool through about age 7 or 8. Your child will not be disappointed.