Friday, February 25, 2011

Froggy Fun

Froggy Fun, written by Treva Jean Edwardson, is a cute little story about two frogs, Freddy and Fanny, who share a “cozy home in the hollow of a tree” in Fernleaf Forest.

Freddy and Fanny spend their days swimming in a nearby pond. In the evenings, Freddy gets out his autoharp and plays sweet tunes for Fanny.

Fanny wants Freddy to share his music with the other creatures in the forest, but he’s too shy. He plays only for Fanny, safely and quietly inside their tree home.

That changes at the end of the book when Freddy finally plays his autoharp outside where the other creatures can hear him.

The illustrations by Carolina Seth are bright and colorful and very cute.

What I Like: I love the illustrations.

What I Dislike: The text is written in rhyme, and as many of you know by now, I’m not a big fan of books written in verse as they are very difficult to do well. Unfortunately, the rhyme schemes in the text are forced in several places, throwing off the rhythm of the text.

And, although the illustrations are delightful, and the story is a cute one, there is not much conflict or resolution. Freddy is initially too shy to play and sing in public, and that is rectified at the end of the story. However, the resolution is weak.

Overall Rating: Good.

Age Appeal: 4-8.

Publisher Info: Tate Publishing and Enterprises, 2009; ISBN: 9781615665686; Paperback, $11.99.

Buy now at $11.99!

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Nick Hawkes said...

Have you ever thought about looking at some of Miles Kelly's kids books? They do some great child versions of Old and New Testament stories. Beautifully put together and really cheap off their site!

Christine M. Irvin said...

Hi Nick,

Thanks for visiting our site and leaving a comment. I was unaware of the books you mentioned. I'll have to check them out!!