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TOO MANY FROGS

Author: Sandy Asher

Illustrator: Keith Graves

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Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Rabbit loved his simple, quiet life. One stormy night, Froggie stopped by to get out of the rain. He sat while Rabbit read him a story. The storm ended, Froggie went home. But he returned each night to visit ... just as Rabbit was getting ready to read. And each night, Froggie wanted more creature comforts as he listened to the stories. Finally, when Froggie brought his family, Rabbit said "no more." He asked Froggie to leave ... and the house was quiet again, just the way he liked it. Or was it? This is a story about change, friendship, and setting limits.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 2.6

Age of Child: Read with and by a 7-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter picked this book out at the library. She thumbed through the pages on the way home, and it was the first story at bedtime that night ... and many nights since. She can relate to the messiness and the coziness and all of the frog "wants" in the story.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a clever, cute story. How can you not love a book that celebrates reading? Had she found it as a preschooler, we would would probably have been reading it for years. It is nice, though to have books where we can take turns reading. The illustrations are clever. Most of the emphasis is on Rabbit and Froggie, but there are other interesting things to explore. There are excellent lessons about not being afraid to say no, as well as rethinking our habits (as in: our way isn't always the right way).

Pros: Humor, a cute blue bunny, and a happy ending combine in this story that helps kids see that it is okay to say "no" and also to change their mind.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a book you'll read and explore a lot. The layers offer you opportunities to talk about new things as your audience matures.

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Educational Themes: There are lots of layers to this story. Rabbit is the most "developed" character, and you can talk about manners, expressing your feelings (without anger), standing up for yourself, accepting change, and friendship. Kids can also learn from Froggie, who at first seems pushy, but also has feelings.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, friendship, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2009

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