Friday, January 6, 2012

Frog and Friends by Eve Bunting

Good Friday to you dear readers.
Today, The Queen wishes to present two delightful books she has recently come across, both by the same multi-published author Eve Bunting and the wonderful artist, Josee Masse.

I thoroughly enjoyed both of these short chapter books for beginning readers. Frog is cute, friendly and never wants to be "rude".

I loved this line in the first book, "There is nothing wasted that you give to a friend."

You will find other treasured nuggets inside these books as well. Use them to discuss with your children topics such as friendship, giving gifts, being who you are and not wishing to be something else.

The words are simple and should be easy for young readers. The pictures are bright and colorful and have such detail, a child may want to linger long over each page.

Along with these stories are some ideas to help make them come alive. Don't be afraid to get messy. Children learn best in when it's a little messy. Just have fun and explore with your children.
Happy Reading,
The Queen

Book Title: Frog and Friends
Author: Eve Bunting                                                                                                               
Illustrator: Josee Masse

Book Information:
Publisher and date: Sleeping Bear Press (July 22, 2011)
Reading level: K and up
Book Info: 40 pages
Genre: Fiction: Beginning reader chapter book
ISBN: 978-1585365487

Book Title: Frog and Friends - Party at the Pond
Author: Eve Bunting                                                                                                              
Illustrator: Josee Masse

Book Information:
Publisher and date: Sleeping Bear Press (October 1, 2011)
Reading level: K and up
Book Info: 40 pages
Genre: Fiction: beginning reader chapter book
ISBN: 978-1585366903

Book Theme:
Great lessons about friendship, giving and sharing, kindness, including outsiders, and having fun. 

Book Summary
Welcome to Frog and his world. He enjoys nothing better than spending time floating in his pond or visiting with his friends. He appreciates the simpler things in life and would prefer that things stay just the way they are--nice and peaceful.

Activity Adventures:

Young Readers:
Do a big and little sorting activity. Print or purchase some animal picture cards. Find a picture of a hippo to represent the big animals and a frog to represent the little animals. Now have your child sort the animal pictures into large and small types of animals. Take it a step further and have them sort animals into water and land animals, fur and non-furry animals, mammal and reptile or bird types of animals.

Make a frog puppet from a paper plate. There are different variations of making these cute little projects.

Don't be afraid to get out the green paint, glue and wiggly eyes. The link above is from Family Fun and will provide directions on how to make the frog pictured.

Have fun. Let kids make up their own frog adventures. 

Older Readers:
Look up these questions:
1. What is a mammal?
2. What kind of animals lay eggs? Do only birds lay eggs?
3. Name the different types of animal families that lay eggs.

Explore the world of frogs. Visit a local pond and explore the life that lives in this environment. Create a home-made field guide book to take along and bring colored pencils and a camera for documenting your explorations.

See if you can catch a few tadpoles to raise on your own. Here are some places you can find more information on caring for frogs:
Raising Tadpoles: Tadpole Care
How to Raise Tadpoles
Tadpoles for Beginners
Care of Frogspawn and Tadpoles

While at the pond or creek, play your own game of leaf and twig races. Just for the fun of it.

Writing Prompts:
Keep notes on what you learn about frogs.

Write a story about what you would do if one day, you woke up as a frog.

Make up a new story with one of the other animal characters being the star of your tale. 

Authors Arena

Author' s Bio
The author of more than 100 books for young readers, Eve Bunting was born in the small village of Maghera in Northern Ireland. In 1958, she emigrated to the United States, where she has lived ever since, raising three children and — more recently — welcoming four grandchildren. Bunting began writing after moving to California, where she enrolled in a community college creative writing course. Her first published story, The Two Giants, was a retelling of a folktale she knew from her childhood. “I thought everybody in the world knew that story, and when I found they didn't — well, I thought they should.”

Bunting's interest in just about everything, and her confidence in wanting to share her thoughts and experiences with children, has led to her incredible career as the creator of a wide variety of books. She has written picture books, novels, and even some nonfiction. She never shies away from addressing difficult issues, including racial prejudice, death, troubled families, and war; at the same time, her work is infused with hope and beauty. Her numerous awards and honors include the Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers, the PEN Los Angeles Center Literary Award for Special Achievement in Children's Literature, and the Edgar, given by the Mystery Writers of America.

When Bunting isn't writing, she enjoys reading and playing golf. She lives in Pasadena, California, with her husband.

Illustrator: Josee Masse

For as long as she can remember, Josée Masse has been drawing. She studied graphic arts in Montreal and worked as a graphic designer for 3 years before beginning her career as an illustrator. Josée’s strong sense of concept and design shows itself in her artwork. She loves illustrating books for children and enjoys the challenge of solving problems for her clients who have difficult concepts to convey. Josée illustrated Mirror, Mirror, published in 2010 by Dutton, received five starred reviews and was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Children’s Books of 2010. She was recently featured in the Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition 53.


Katyroo said...

What fun, Jackie!

Giving parents, teachers, and caregivers such fun activities will help kids (and their grownups) connect with charming books like this. It was great to learn more about the author and illustrator, too.

Love the relaxed frog photo - where did you find him?

Keep up the good work, o Queen of reading (and fellow Texan)!

(found you through MotherReader & Lee Wind's Comment Challenge)

**Katy Manck
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Jackie Castle said...

Found the frog photo while searching for tadpole links. I thought he was cute too.

Thanks for stopping by, I'm doing the challenge as well. Looking forward to making some new friends and creating a new habit of checking other people's sites and leaving comments. lol.

Magdalena Ball said...

These look like such sweet books for preschoolers, and I really like the extra activities you provide.

Ms. O said...

Love the title. loe the look and set up of your blog. I will definitely be back as you've got some great ideas here!

Patricia T. said...

Such a cool title for your blog. Am part of the campaign and am visiting your blog. Enjoyed your reviews -- sound like wonderful reads. Have a grandchild obsessed with frogs. Thanks for the tip.

Annie said...

Love the frog and the expanded reading ideas. So happy to have found you through the blog comment campaign. Lovely visuals,

Jackie Castle said...

Thanks Magdalena, Ms. O, Patricia and Annie for stopping by. These books were beautifully done and are great for guided reading for pre-schoolers, or read alone for kinder or 1st graders.

I only like to post books that I can think up an activity for. My purpose is to help parents and teachers think of ways to expand books into real life. I think that will help children grow to love reading more if it incorporates their active life as well as their imagination. I want to show how books can become a part of 'real' life.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I need to do some catching up on the comment challenge.

Happy Reading!
Jackie (aka: The Queen)