FROG ODYSSEY by Juliet Snape


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Age Range: 4 - 8
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 Unlike Wiesner's, these frogs have a motive for their journey: their pond--in any case contaminated with litter--is to be bulldozed. Loading their tadpoles into a jar, they set out to find a new home, traveling over a city bridge and through a sewer, evading a cat and rats, and hopping through a restaurant full of surprised diners before settling in a pretty pond surrounded by flowers. Comparisons are inevitable, and perhaps unfair: Tuesday's frogs have a unique surreal charm. Still, the Snapes' are beautifully observed, realistic yet imbued with real character; and while their ``odyssey'' includes some lapses in logic (how does a frog climb a streetlight?), the visual narration is engaging and the ecological message effective. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: June 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-671-74741-X
Page count: 26pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1992