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ONE FROG SANG by Shirley Parenteau


by Shirley Parenteau & illustrated by Cynthia Jabar

Age Range: 3 - 5

Pub Date: April 1st, 2007
ISBN: 0-7636-2394-6
Publisher: Candlewick

Children will love making the range of frog sounds, from “Preep, Preep” and “Gree-deep” to the more familiar “Ribbit, Ribbit,” presented in this entertaining counting story. First they’ll count up, a new group of frogs and a new sound for each number. And then, a car drives by, disrupting the quiet, and down they’ll count as the frogs hop away or blend into the background. As soon as the car has rumbled past, the first frog resumes his song, and readers are reassured that the others will follow suit. Jabar’s lively watercolor, aquapasto and gouache illustrations bestow each set of frogs with its own personality. Children are sure to want to count these quirky frogs and to pore over the pages as they do. Surprisingly, as the text is rather spare, Parenteau’s lyrical language is really the icing on the cake of this successful offering. (Picture book. 3-5)