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BERTHA AND THE FROG CHOIR by Luc Foccroulle

BERTHA AND THE FROG CHOIR

By Luc Foccroulle (Author) , Annick Masson (Illustrator) , Sabina Touchburn (Translator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: March 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7358-4062-1
Publisher: NorthSouth

Rejected for the frog choir, two aspiring frog vocalists join forces to temporarily achieve their musical dreams in this amusing lesson in following your heart.

Every frog dreams about being in a choir, and Bertha and her friend Lucy are no exceptions. Waiting in the audition line, Bertha knows Lucy has singing talent but wonders about her own ability. Unfortunately, choir leader Amadeus dismisses Lucy as “too little” without letting her sing a note and rejects Bertha for the “shocking sounds” she croaks despite her considerable girth. As a consolation, Bertha makes Lucy her delicious slug soup, fly broth and lily-pad stew to fatten her up, until Lucy cleverly suggests hiding in Bertha’s sizeable mouth and singing so everyone will think it’s Bertha. Their hoax proves so successful that the duped Amadeus arranges for Bertha (with Lucy tucked inside her mouth) to sing solo at the prince’s wedding—until Bertha realizes she doesn’t want to sing (or pretend to sing). She really wants to be a chef! Although somewhat disjointed, the story sends a strong message to follow your bliss, while soft, watercolor illustrations in various shades of frog green present detailed, comic vignettes of frogs of every shape and size humming, crooning and singing with glee.  

A medley of frog fun. (Picture book. 4-8)