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Author: Terri Cohlene

Illustrator: Doug Keith

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Publisher: Illumination Arts Publishing,

Material: hard cover

Summary: A young frog finds a box and is anxious to discover the present inside. We travel with a young frog as he collects the clues that will help him solve a special riddle. This is a book with a pure, simple message; reminding us that we often out-think ourselves.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 10

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 2.5

Age of Child: Started reading with child 3½ years old.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He loved following the frog from page to page.

Adult Reader Reaction: The illustrations are captivating, making the story a fun read.

Pros: The story is clever; the illustrations are captivating: giving you a clue, but elusive of the answer all the same.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! There will be days where you will just want to stare at the pictures.


Educational Themes: There are many opportunities here: every frog is a prince (we are all beautiful); patience; opposites, cliche, and creative thinking. Last but not least, Riddles make great gateways to opening one's imagination and pushing the brain in new directions.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, picture book, mystery

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2005

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