Susanna Leonard Hill features Perfect Picture Book Friday on her blog. This is a wonderful resource if you are wondering what books to give as gifts, needing material for a lesson, and mainly just perfect for those who love to read picture books. Here is a list of books by category. This is very handy for finding books for lessons in the classroom, or for finding books on a particular topic to discuss with your children at home. Each book listed has a link to a review and information about that book. There is also an alphabetical list. This week, I have chosen Once There Was A Bull…frog! for Perfect Picture Book Friday.
Written by: Rick Walton and Illustrated by Greg Hally
Gibbs Smith- 1995 1st edition, Rep Rev edition (March 1, 2011)
Themes: Compound Words, Language Fun, Educational, Concepts, Humor
Synopsis: (From Rick Walton’s website) It’s about the worst thing that can happen to a bullfrog: he’s lost his hop and doesn’t know where to find it. But when he begins to search for it, he discovers that nothing is what it seems. He looks under a toad. But turn the page, and the toad turns out to be a toadstool. He looks under a dog. But turn the page, and the dog is really a doghouse. And so on, and so on, from a cow…boy to a stage…coach. Set in the Old West, the story takes the reader into every nook and cranny that compound words can offer. Will the bullfrog ever find his hop? Turn the page and find out! Rick Walton and Greg Hally have created a page-turner, in the truest sense of the word. It’s a rollicking story that begs to be read again and again.
Resources: Rick Walton’s website has an extensive list of awesome resources, including: 2275 Compound Words, Activities, Build Your Own Compound Words, Compound Word Riddles, Nursery Rhymes About Frogs, Write Compound Word Riddles, Write Your Own Bull…frog Story, Write Your Own Problem Story.
Why This Book is Praise…worthy: Because it’s more appealing than flap…jacks, more inventive than fly…paper, more exciting than a home…run, and a more than fool…proof way to teach children about compound words. In fact, I was so over…come by joy when I discovered this book that it contributed in a big way to my decision to try my hand at writing…which back in 1995 (when the book was first published)…was actually hand…written 🙂 Rick Walton is a master…mind when it comes to word…play. This book will add a big dose of sun…shine for students in your class…room. I’m not over…stretching when I say that you won’t be short…changed by Greg Hally’s clever illustrations as they show…case compound words in a playful way. In short, Once There Was A Bull…frog will be a worth…while read and you will be spell…bound by the ready…wittedness with…in the pages.
Seriously, not only is this a book every early elementary teacher should have for teaching compound words, but it is a read-aloud that any kid or adult will want to read/hear over and over again. It will have readers and listeners anticipating every page turn. The illustrations strengthen the text by tempting the reader to guess what is on the next page. But watch out…they will trick you every time and send you off on a wild guessing game. When you finish this book, you may want to follow Bull…frog’s adventure in his next book, Bullfrog Pops!
I have several of Rick Walton’s books. They are a wonderful resource for teachers. For instance, another title is Pig, Pigger, Piggest. He has a list of books for teachers with resources. Visit his website to view others.