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Before You Leap: A Frog's Eye View of Life's Greatest Lessons Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Disney; 1St Edition edition (October 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0696232324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0696232329
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 6.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kermit follows up last year's It's Not Easy Being Green with this self-help memoir, in which he uses his life experiences-from his humble beginnings in a family of 2,353 through his fifty years in the entertainment business-to help readers lead a better life. Discussing his early career, Kermit admits to some less-than-sterling gigs ("I'd work naked") and the concessions he made to find a place show business: "I'd work with pigs. It seemed like a harmless egalitarian gesture at the time." Kermit's views on love in Chapter 12, "Love, Amphibian Style: Romancing the Pig and Other Warnings," come from his tumultuous relationship with Miss Piggy, as "love has always been defined by Miss Piggy (She even sent me a dictionary with our picture next to the word 'love.')." Miss Piggy also has business tips to offer in "Miss Piggy's Secrets of Success," and most of the Muppet cast makes an appearance in such features as "Fridays with Fozzie" and a Muppet roundtable that includes Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Floyd Pepper. Though his advice on handling the ups and downs of life isn't ground-breaking, Kermit's delivery is funny and gentle throughout, and bound to be a comfort to fans-especially during the downs (for which, see Chapter 8, "When Bad Things Happen to Good Frogs").
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About the Author

Kermit the Frog is an international TV and movie star and a beloved entertainer-but he is also, a humanitarian, amphibitarian, an educator and, of course, the world's most famous pig-dater. During his first 50 years in show business, Kermit's career has taken him everywhere and given him the opportunity to work with many of the greatest stars of several generations. He has had two of the most successful and celebrated programs in television history (The Muppet Show and Sesame Street) and made more than a half-dozen movies (including his classic biopic The Muppet Movie). He has also had a successful career as a recording artist, with hits like It's Not That Easy Being Green and “Rainbow Connection”. He has met the Queen of England, been the first-and only-frog to ever guest host The Tonight Show, appeared as a correspondent on Nightline, had his likeness immortalized in giant balloon form for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, served as Grand Marshall in the Tournament of Roses Parade, and been honored with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Kermit the Frog currently lives in a swamp, though he also has a pad in Hollywood, which he shares with pigs, bears and various other friends. He dedicates this book to Jim Henson, “who first held me up for the world to see, and to the lovers, the dreamers…and you.”

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This book is full of great information and good advice for everyone.
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I gave it to three people for Christmas!!!!!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Smith on November 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is fantastic. It parodies some of the best management and self-help books on the market today, yet still gives very useful information. If you are, or ever were a fan of the Muppets (which everyone should be!), then I highly recommend this book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Portianay VINE VOICE on January 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Yes, I said teens, and adults, too! This is NOT a children's book, and the wisdom and tips herein are priceless. We are the people who grew up with Kermit, who trust him, love him, and patiently wait for him to either dump the pig or marry her.

The photos are superlative, the sagest bits are given in very funny "sketches," and the author himself is so endearing.

BUY IT! You won't be sorry.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Teh Ai Lee on April 3, 2007
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I don't usually read this kind of book, but I decided to pick up Kermit's masterpiece in motivation and I have not regretted doing so. This delightful book is all about ridiculous optimism. Yes, you heard me right -- ridiculous optimism.

Quoting Kermit: If this book can drive you - and those around you - crazy with ridiculous optimism, then it has done its job. Who knows, maybe by reading these lessons from my life, you'll be inspired to drop your tail, leave your swamp, and set out on a journey that's just as amazing and wonderful as mine.

'Before You Leap' carries two parts. Part 1 is about his life: life of having over 2,353 family members; how he grew up from a little tadpole, then attending school, and then getting his legs; his search for significance and fame; how he got into showbiz and thereafter forming his own team of superstar performers; and his exciting relationship with the amorous Miss Piggy. Part 1 is rather hilarious.

Part 2 gets on to the more serious stuff for its readers. It's now lessons for your life and carries 14 croak-licious chapters. Serious though it may be, it still contains oodles of humor. Kermit interviewed his muppet gang on issues like money, strategies for work, strategies for school, exploring why bad things happen to everyone even to good frogs, and many more. There are lots of Kermit-tips too.

Are you ready for such an experience, an experience of ridiculous optimism? If you are, you so must read this book. Do it with an open mind and an open heart.

And if all of these are not enough, the photos of Kermit and gang will make your day. He is indeed a frog of many expressions. The pictures are simply marvelous and each one truly inspires me. He's close to being a perfect model and so are his muppet buddies!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Gregg on November 12, 2006
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As a lifelong Muppets fan who is now a busy graduate student and mother of four, this is just what I needed. Kermit's wit and wisdom provide guidance, insight, and a good chuckle for me every time I open the book.
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This is a charmer of a book directed primarily to those with fond recollections of The Muppet Show and to a lesser degree, Sesame Street. Kermit the Frog is given full credit for the authorship since it is his perspective we are reading, but the anonymous creators have taken a creative approach by having the first third of the book dedicated to Kermit's life story and legendary successes and the remainder a motivational self-help tome along the lines of Stephen Covey's The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and Rhonda Byrne's The Secret. Both parts are amusing, though I have to admit I like the memoir portion a bit more since the personal history includes a nice tribute to Muppet creator Jim Henson and lots of pictures of the memorable sketches from The Muppet Show and follow-up movies. Born in a swamp as one of 2,353 tadpole progeny in a single family, Kermit harbored show business dreams at an early age. He didn't let his non-human standing get in the way of getting an honorary doctorate or being a substitute host on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

In fact, he embraces his inner amphibian so much that he shares his fourteen lessons in leading a fulfilling life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you are a muppet lover or don't even know who the heck they are you should still read this book. It is a great advice giving book. It also comes with the hilarity that comes naturally from the muppets. It shares all the great life leesons that come to us in no other way. The muppets make everything more interesting. You should definently put this book on your reading list!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Reeves on December 19, 2006
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I was so excited when I found the book. It is SOOOOO funny, I love his comments about Mom the Frog and Dad the Frog. It is a must have for all ages. I gave it to three people for Christmas!!!!! Thank God for Kermit the Frog and the Muppets;oP
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pfillip D. Tepper on March 19, 2008
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I don't know who really wrote this book because I don't think the writer takes any credit for it, but that's just another thing that blew me away about this book. I mean, the frog's right about almost everything. Some of the best advice and/or quotes I've ever heard seem to be in this book as well as other things I really needed to hear recently. I was pondering saying something like "it's so odd that the best self-improvement book out there was written by a frog" but then I realized that, nah, there's nothing odd about that at all.
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