POUND DOG AND FROG by Rowley Carter


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Age Range: 2 - 5
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Soft, cloth-bodied Pound Dog and shiny, plastic, hopping Frog have become good friends while living among the toys in their comfortable house—though it takes Pound Dog a bit of persuading to get Frog to come out into the garden to hear a frog singing in the pond. Once outside, Frog is excited. The bullfrog singer is indeed sweetly lyrical to froggy ears, his song an ode to summer (“The gentle ripples on the water, / The bulrushes standing tall, / Music of the little pond”) performed to a crowd of admiring amphibians. Dog is simply tolerant of the hoorumping croaking that he hears for the sake of his friend. His own song is dismissed as howling by Frog, but, as Pound Dog reflects later, “You can’t expect a frog to know about music.” The full-page, full-color illustrations emphasize the brown coziness of Pound Dog and the contrasting bright green of Frog in a warmly affectionate celebration of different aesthetics between friends. (Picture book. 2-5)
Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-935021-39-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Mathew Price
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2010


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