The Green Frogs: A Korean Folktaleby Yumi Heo
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Two green frogs love disobeying their mother. They always do the opposite of whatever she tells them to dothey stay in bed when she wakes them, they make a mess when she asks them to clean. They’re so contrary, they even croak backwards!
Heo (Father's Rubber Shoes?, 1995) provides a gleefully fatalistic retelling, but the writing is surprisingly wooden. The magnificently eccentric illustrations, full of tortured proportions and twisted perspectives, depict three ungainly frogs surrounded by a bizarre variety of bugs, plants, wallpaper patterns, and little squiggles, all in an idiosyncratic palette of grimy green mixed with beige, pink, and blue.
"Instant child appeal. Heo adds to the fun with her unique illustrations." Horn Book, Starred
Meet the Author
Yumi Heo was born and raised in Korea but now lives near New York City. She remembers being told the story of the green frogs when she, a little girl in Korea, had disobeyed her mother.
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