I judged this book by its cover. I saw it displayed at the library, and brought it home. Delightful!
One Frog Sang
Written by Shirley Parenteau
Illustrated by Cynthia Jabar
Themes: Animals, frogs, counting
Synopsis: (from Random House) 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.
Opening: All the frogs hunkered low while spring rains stormed by. Then when the night became still…
1 One big frog leaped onto a high garden wall, sucked in air, and blew out a song: Ka-blu-urp.
2 Two tiny frogs joined in from a windowpane, shrieking, Preep, preep, in voices as loud as a crowd.
Why I Like This Book: The first thing that struck me is how much kids will love this book. It’s an awesome read-aloud. It has great onomatopoeia in the form of the MOST fun frog sounds EVER! And it teaches counting. The story is so cute. I could see the whole thing…the frogs making their various sounds and then a car comes by…silence…then the frogs start up again. That’s how it happens when you hear a frog and get close…the frog gets quiet until he thinks it’s okay to sing again. And the illustrations? Let’s just put it this way…I wanted to kiss every frog in the book from cover to cover. That would’ve been over 140 frog kisses. I restrained myself and only kissed the frog on the last spread! (No he didn’t turn into a charming prince, but remained a very charming frog.)
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, or just looking for a great book to read. Here is a list of books by category. Each book listed has a link to a review, information about that book, and resources for activities. There is also an alphabetical list.