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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Finklehopper Frog
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582462348
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582462349
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-Finklehopper Frog wants to join the exercise crowd. Dressed in his new jogging suit that's almost electric with its brightly colored stripes and circles, he "hippied and he hoppied," which makes the other animals laugh at him. Elephants carry water bottles, bats wear running shoes, and snakes sport sweatbands. Only Ruby Rabbit points out that Finklehopper's style suits him just fine, and he hops along with his usual frog expertise. Lies entertains with a full range of cartoon expressions and strict attention to the smallest details in the lives (and jogging attire) of more than 30 animals. With rhyming verse, Livingston points out the strengths of individuality and diversity. Large-font text overlays full-page art done in acrylic paint, creating an entertaining read-aloud.
Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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K-Gr. 2. The premise isn't new, but the fresh art and animal cast will appeal to children learning about self-esteem. In his urgency to join the fitness trend, Finklehopper buys a silly looking outfit and takes up jogging, even though he's used to hopping. The other animals laugh at him. Finally, another hopper, Ruby Rabbit, encourages Finklehopper to quit trying to be like everyone else and just HOP. The acrylic-paint illustrations in bright, summery colors feature comical images of animals tricked out in exercise garb: an alligator wears headphones, a turtle sports a baseball cap, a cat jogs in a pink tracksuit. They all run on their hind legs like humans, and the blend of animal and human traits is clever and funny: the chimp who runs the clothing store where Finklehopper buys his jogging suit holds up hangers with her toes as well as her fingers. The rhythmic text will be fun to read aloud, and the story may encourage kids to get up and do some hopping of their own. Diane Foote
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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This became a nightly favorite instantly.
L. Beans
LIke others have said, the colors and pictures are beautiful, and the message is great.
C. Cotter
Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, and Finklehopper Frog has gotta...jog!
Sue McIntyre

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sue McIntyre on April 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, and Finklehopper Frog has gotta...jog! Finklehopper is so excited to join the jogging craze, he even buys himself a jazzy jogging suit. But Finklehopper's enthusiasm dwindles when some of the animals say he dresses funny and he doesn't jog right!

Our hero Finklehopper hurtles through this hilarious and heartwarming story of optimism and courage and wins our hearts as he discovers his own way to go (with a little help from his friends, of course).

Irene Livingston's rhyming narrative is fresh, original and respectful of her young audience:

"He hippied and he hoppied
and he sang a sweet ker-chog,
until he started wondering,
'is this the way to jog?'"

Brian Lies' illustrations are vibrant and rich in delightful detail. Readers are drawn into a world where snakes shop for sweatbands and somebody must live in the storm sewer, because there's a mailbox at the door.

This is a picture book that parents will be glad to read "again." It's sure to be a favourite for anyone who has ever wondered if they dare try something new. Don't miss this delicious and encouraging treat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Higby on October 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I was pleasantly surprised to find such a sweet little lesson wrapped around a delightfully beautiful book. The frog buys a jogging suit that is really "rockin" and goes out to jog. Along the way he gets made fun of not only for his clothing but the way he jogs. In the end he learns that we are all differnt individuals...but special for who we are. My son love the rythem and the pictures. It was an excellent purchase and sure to be a family favorite!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My husband bought this book for our 15-month old son and it has quickly become a favorite. He laughs at the silly rhymes and smiles as he points to Finklehopper hoppin' and a boppin' along. Even at this young age, he knows a good book...we read it every night and sometimes he even wants to take it into his crib with him! Are there more books out there by Irene Livingston?!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sabra Shay on February 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
With its positive messages about self esteem and embracing the differences in ourselves and others, Finklehopper Frog is bound to be a good read - but Ms. Lingston doesn't stop there. Her witty rhymes, fun rhythm, and creativity are refreshing - especially to parents who find themselves re-reading the same books 10 or more times a week! The illustrations are brightly colored with playful detail. This book quickly became a favorite of mine and my daughter's - we now have a pet frog named Finklehopper! I strongly recommend this book - it is sure to be loved by all ages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Enlightened on September 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
We bought this book in a gift store while on vacation. I was skeptical at first but my husband thought it was cute. It quickly became a favorite of my daughter's. We love the way it rhymes and it is so catchy that you find yourself almost singing it. The message is sweet. Be proud of who you are and how you are different.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Cotter on October 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
We love reading this book in our house. LIke others have said, the colors and pictures are beautiful, and the message is great. One VERY nit-picky criticism is that one of the characters calls Finklehopper "stupid." We change the word to "silly" when we read it in our house, but I know that is super particular.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joy Zuidmulder-goss on January 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Finklehopper Frog by, Irene Livingston, illustrated by Brian Lies is a wonderfully playful book. The book tells the story of Finklehopper who is a frog who wishes to get in shape. Finklehopper decides he is going to start jogging, but before he can go jogging he need proper attire. Once our frog friend is properly attired he is ready to go jogging. Many things happen on Finklehopper's jog. But you'll have to read the book to find out.

On a more serious note the book is a good book to introduce the bibliotherapy subject of self-esteem, respect, uniqueness and belonging. I would say the book is suitable and developmentally appropriate for grades k- and up (in to adulthood). The reading maybe a little much fro grade levels k-2, though it would make a great read-a-loud. 3 graders on the other hand, I think, could handle most of the challenging words like Yowlereen (name of character), Finklehopper (Name of character), and determined. The book is all rhyming which makes it easy to read because of the flow. This is another reason why it would be great for the younger grades. Rhyming books are fantastic for reading and language development.

The book is 13 pages long, though, the amount of words on each page is limited. And because of the flow of the rhyming once you start reading the book zooms by. It takes about 5-10 minuets to read out loud.

The pictures are great. I found myself being captivated by them. There is so much detail put in to each one. The colors just jump of the page along with all the characters in the book. I see new things every time I read this book. The text just adds to the pictures, the use of onomatopoeia and creative names is wonderful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara H. Butler on September 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book for children 3 years and up. The storyline is meaningful and entertaining. The art work is fantastic and colorful. Livingston is on to something. I hope there are many more to follow.
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