One Frog Sang
Written By Shirley Parenteau & Illustrated by Cynthia Jabar, Published by Candlewick Press
On a wet spring night, one big frog sings KA-BLU-URP! Two tiny frogs sing PREEP, PREEP, three young frogs sing RIBBIT, RIBBIT, all the way up to ten frogs who trill PEEP, PEEP as a frog chorus fills the air with grunts and croaks and chirps. The night is resonant until . . . a car splashes down the street and all the frogs, from ten down to one, are hushed! Shirley Parenteau offers a joyfully cacophonous counting-up and counting-down story, vibrantly illustrated by Cynthia Jabar.
Age Range: 3 - 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 2
Paperback: 32 pages
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
Kindergarten-Grade 2—On a spring night in the countryside, frogs in groups numbering from one to 10 joyfully announce their existence with sounds such as "peep, peep," "woomp, woomp," and "blu-urp, blu-urp." In reaction to a passing car, the same groups (with the counting now backward) find clever hiding places. Lively, poetic text invites reading aloud. Verbs are particularly well chosen; the frogs crouch, huddle, and ka-plop. Children will enjoy finding and counting the creatures on each page. Watercolor, aquapasto, and gouache illustrations in blues, greens, and browns nicely play up the rural nighttime setting.—Amanda Moss, Maywood Elementary School, Monona, WI
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