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City Dog, Country Frog Hardcover – June 8, 2010
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City Dog, Country Frog is a very nice book. I'll be brief... Muth's illustrations are simply incredible. What a delight. The story by Willems isn't quite as smartly original as Pigeon or Naked Mole Rat; it's a very simple story. But it's simplicity is also it's charm. And I was surprised by how heartfelt the ending would be. My son wanted to read it again immediately after we first read it, and I imagine it will be a favorite in the reading rotation for some time to come.
It is so nice to read children's book that the parents can also enjoy.
1. Very different people can be friends.
2. In the process of being friends, they teach each other about their different worlds, and maybe even create a new one together.
3. People that we love sometimes leave us (and it's nice here that we don't overtly know whether the frog died, hibernated, or moved on, because loved ones leave in a wide variety of ways that may have nothing to do with us). It's also nice that they do the remembering part in the fall, as this will resonate with how many young people interact with their elderly relatives.
4. We miss the people who we've lost, but they leave their imprint on us (that froggy grin).
5. Life goes on. I totally disagree with those who think that this means that the message is "friends are disposable" -- quite the opposite, dog spends a whole season in mourning, and is still sad when spring arrives. But then he takes what he learned from frog and applies it to the trip back to point 1, making a new friend with the possibility of new discoveries.
Anyway, none of this stuff hits you over the head, but all the sensations are there in the delicate lighting of the watercolors. My 2.5-year-old and I have enjoyed reading it very much, and I expect that we will enjoy it in ever-changing ways as she gets older. That's a rarity.
This feels like a collaboration of two great artists, like when Yoyo Ma does albums with Indian tabla players and the like -- they each recognized the power of what the other was doing, and imagined that a combination might allow good things to happen. I have no idea whether that's actually how this book came to be, but I hope so -- it certainly worked!!
Summer arrived and they played new games, games that City Dog knew how to play like fetch. He taught Country Frog how to sniff and bark too. They played and played and played until fall arrived. The leaves had changed color and began to drift to the ground with their splash of color. Frog was getting tired and wanted to play "remember-ing games." Frog sat on his snout as they began to remember. Later City Dog and Country Frog sat on the rock and remembered how much fun they had. Winter arrived, but when City Dog raced through the snow to see his friend at their rock he was nowhere to be found. Where had he gone? Perhaps he would see him when spring rolled around again.
This beautiful, heartwarming story about friendship will charm both children and adults alike. Every child eventually creates a friendship with someone special in their life and this unlikely, but joyful friendship, will bring a smile to those who have created them. The gorgeous watercolors create that special aura of the excitement and special moments that only close friends share. There also, unfortunately, is sadness of the loss of a friend, but the possibility of a new one. This is a very special book that city folk, country folk, and all kind of friends will be able to embrace and relate to!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful illustrations, simple yet beautiful story. Bought it for a 3.5 year-old, and he enjoyed it.Published 21 days ago by nycat
Mo Willems has many great books. City Dog, Country Frog and another title and one my students enjoy.Published 1 month ago by M. Flinn
This is a beautiful, beautiful story. It is so incredibly simple, but it just touches your heart with its beauty and simplicity. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Evangeline
I'm not a huge fan of Willems' other books, but this is probably the most beautiful children's book I've ever read. It chokes me up every time.Published 3 months ago by veggie wrap
This made me cry but is one of the loveliest children's/adult books I've ever read. The illustrations by Jon Muth are his usual-- so moving. A treasure.Published 4 months ago by LCB
This was suppose to be in used excellent condition, but it had a large repaired tear on one of the pages.Published 5 months ago by Hope
My boys think this book is one of the funniest books they've ever ready. The illustrations are really great too.Published 8 months ago by Junell