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999 Tadpoles Hardcover – May 1, 2011

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 "Murakami’s impish, toy-bright illustrations look — almost — as if a talented 4-year-old might have painted them. In contrast to Hello Kitty-style Japanese Neo-Pop, they have a distinctly, even stubbornly, handmade feel. Besides setting the stage for outlandish fun, the message they convey is unmistakable: Nothing in these pages is not for children. The result is an uncommon picture book designed not only to entertain young people but also to give them their due." The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Ken Kimura was born in Tottori Prefecture, Japan. In addition to writing children’s books, he makes handmade children’s toys. Mr. Kimura lives in Japan.

Yasunari Murakami was born in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. His illustrations have been honored at the Bolgona Book Fair, the Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava, and with the Japan Picture Book Award, and there is a Yasunari Murakami Museum in the Izu Highland, Japan.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 370L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: NorthSouth (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073584013X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735840133
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.5 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mother and Father Frog are overwhelmed when their 999 offspring grow up and overcrowd their pond. "We have a situation here," Father intones. When they decide to move, Mother warns them that the world is a dangerous place. Sure enough, they have a long and weary journey ahead of them. They narrowly escape a snake, and when Father is snatched up by a passing hawk, the rest of family comes to the rescue in a surprising way.

The simple figures, generous use of white space and large eyes of the frogs reminded me of Taro Gomi, not surprising, considering that 999 Tadpoles is also a Japanese import. These illustrations made me think of baby peeper migrations when you'll see thousands of teeny-tiny little frogs hopping all over in late spring. I had expected, in a story with 1001 frogs total, that part of the tale would be about losing some along the way, so I was pleased to see the story end so happily. After the hawk grabs Father, the little frogs each grab hold forming a heavy chain, and the hawk ends up dropping them... into a new pond, with room for them all to make their home there. This is a fun story with a great sense of humor, sure to be a hit at storytime.
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999 Tadpoles is a delightful book. I found that the book has just enough danger (potentially being eaten by a snake or hawk), with enough resolution that it kept all of my kids engaged in the story line. I find the illustrations to be endearing and my youngest had fun picking out the adorable owls and other creatures that are thoughout the book. I love the message from the book of working together to solve a problem and the concept of strength in numbers. Delightful and I am sure this will become a family favorite!
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We know frogs but omigosh how the frog's childhood is so easily overlooked -- until 999 Tadpoles! One of the most beautifully presented stories you've read in years. And the illustrations/artwork are beautiful and inspiring
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A Mother and Father frog smiled as they sat by a small pond admiring all their baby tadpoles ... all 999 of them! As the tadpoles grew, their small pond was simply too small for them and they began to complain mightily. They couldn't move, breath, and were sick and tired of being pushed around. Their Father stated, "We have a situation here," and it was decided that they needed to move to a larger pond. All 999 of the small frogs scrambled to the edge of the pond and began to hop away. Boing! Ribbit! Boing!

Their Mother cautioned them and told them to follow their Father as the world was a dangerous place. They zig zagged through a field, wondering just when they would arrive at their new home. Father told them to keep on moving "or a scary snake might get you." Mmmm! It looked like some of those 999 little frogs were sitting on something like that. Hissss! As the family scrambled to get out of the way, a hawk suddenly swooped down from the clouds and grabbed Father. What would happen to him and how would they ever reach their new home without him?

This hysterically charming tale of 999 tadpoles on the move will delight the young child. This tale, in all its simplicity, is quite amusing. I loved the artwork, especially the scene of the wide-eyed little frogs complaining of their uncomfortable circumstances in their now too small pond. The language and attitude of the 999 frogs is similar to that of siblings. "When will we get there?" "Don't push!" This jaunty little story with its surprise ending no doubt will be one that little ones will demand again and again. Any family with 1 to 999 little tadpoles will love this froggy tale!
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You never know when receiving a personal recommendation. I needed a gift for a fifth birthday and crossed my fingers that this book would not offend, or at least be interesting. Wow. It was a wonderful success. The mom said she is requested to read it at least twice a day and she truly enjoys doing it. Whew.
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as our family still includes some pre-schoolers, I was taken with the excellent reviews this book has received in a number of publications, including the NY Times Book Review. The illustrations and underlying themes of the text are exactly what I would like to share with my own child. This book was given as a gift and I have yet to receive feedback from the parents of the child who received it.
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When 999 tadpoles become little frogs and outgrow their pond, it’s time for Mom and Dad frog to find them somewhere new to live. Unfortunately the babies are excited, but very new to the world and its dangers. A long line of hopping frogs is also a tempting target for predators. When Dad frog gets grabbed by a hawk, the silliness escalates and I was laughing almost as much as my son.
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My son is really into numbers. He was excited to see a book about 999 tadpoles. He's 4 and trying to grasp how big 100, or 1,000 is, for example. However, there are not 999 tadpoles in this book. We counted 437. So, the story was cute and all, and my son thought it was funny. But if your kid is trying to learn how much 1,000 looks like, this book is not for them.
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