HOP JUMP by Ellen Stoll Walsh

HOP JUMP

Age Range: 3 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Another outstandingly handsome book from the creator of Mouse Count (1991, ALA Notable). Betsy, a blue frog, only watches while the other frogs hop and jump, ``always the same''; she's more interested in the gyrations of a floating leaf, which inspire her to devise new movements, uniquely hers, that she calls ``dancing.'' When the other frogs declare there's ``No room for dancing,'' she's undeterred. But once she's found her own place ``for dancing only,'' the others are curious and join in- -except for one holdout hopper. ``No room for hopping,'' declare the converts, but Betsy is wiser: ``Yes, there's room...For dancing and for hopping.'' This amiable fable, briefer than the words it takes to describe it, is set in a large, square book with plenty of room for the cut-out frogs--in artfully spattered shades of green, except for the blue Betsy--to leap and twirl against a crisp white ground. A beautifully designed book that, like Walsh's earlier efforts, yields new subtleties and visual delights with each reading. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-15-292871-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Harcourt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 1993




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