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Frog Trouble: . . . And Eleven Other Pretty Serious Songs Hardcover – September 3, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 9 years
  • Hardcover: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Har/Com edition (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761171762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761171768
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Combining Boynton’s lyrics and music with the voices and instruments of today’s top country musicians results in a heck of a fun half hour of country music at its best. Now, these aren’t your typical chart-topping tunes about unrequited love, but rather entertaining songs about frogs, dogs, trucks, and more. Fitting the style of country music, each song tells a story—some sad, some funny, and some just sweet. The simple lines and muted colors of Boynton’s clean, uncluttered illustrations further expand the tone of the songs. The book is divided into three parts: “Look While You Listen,” “Sing and Play Along,” and “Meet the Performers.” In the first are the lyrics and art; in the second are the lyrics and the music (just the melody); and in the third are photos of the singers, bands, and instrumentalists, followed by recording credits, book credits, and lastly, instructions for making a folding frog puppet. Naturally, this comes with a CD. Get some scratch guard, because it’ll be played a lot. Grades K-3. --J. B. Petty

About the Author

Sandra Boynton is one of America's best-loved artists, with over 60 million of her books in print. She has also written and produced five record albums (three of them certified Gold) and she was Grammy nominated for Philadelphia Chickens. Boynton lives on a farm in rural New England, working out of a converted barn that has the only hippopotamus weathervane in the state.

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Sandra Boynton is a popular American cartoonist, children's author, songwriter, producer, and director. Since 1974, Boynton has written and illustrated over fifty children's books and seven general audience books, including five New York Times Bestsellers. More than 60 million of her books have been sold--"mostly to friends and family," she says. She has also written (with Michael Ford) and produced five albums of renegade children's music. Three of her five albums have been certified Gold [over 500,000 copies sold] and "Philadelphia Chickens," nominated for a Grammy, has been certified Platinum [over 1 million copies sold.] Boynton has also directed six music videos of her songs, including the award-winning "One Shoe Blues" starring B B King. She lives in rural New England, and her studio is in a barn with perhaps the only hippopotamus weathervane in America.

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I have always loved Sandra Boynton's children's books.
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I highly recommend this to country music lovers with kids, or anyone who enjoys just plain, good fun music!
J K Schimpf
The grandkids love this music and sing along to the fun and silly songs.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Tracy on September 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I fell into this album, someone sent me a promotion for a piece of equipment and looking over the site I saw three samples of Frog Trouble. There was also a link to the making of Frog Trouble. I was curious about the title so I checked it out. After viewing it I had to purchase. I see the age range is 1 - 4, I am many, many, many times older than that but I was thoroughly charmed. A 70 something can like it too. I can't wait to share it with family.
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"Frog Trouble: . . . And Eleven Other Pretty Serious Songs" by Sandra Boynton is nicely illustrated songbook of her new and original country songs that comes together with an CD entertaining to listen.

Although I wasn't aware of her previous work, I saw this new released book on stand and because I liked it I also asked saleswoman to let me listen accompanying CD a bit.
And all I can say is that this collection is really good, either as a keeper or as a nice gift.
While the book is fully illustrated with the songs motives and lyrics, and some funny advices like how to make a folded paper resembling frog puppet or how to talk like a cowboy, the music itself are 12 country songs performed by Alison Krauss, Dwight Yoakam, Ryan Adams and Fountains of Wayne that all in common have some country motive like dogs or trucks.

The author said that for this album she was inspired by her childhood back in the 1950s, when folk songs were sung at schools and westerns were watched at home TVs.
The album is full of humor that will entertain and please country fans and especially young kids who immediately begin to swing to the entertaining melody rhythm when they hear it.

Good performers, catchy melodies and funny designed book are the main features for which I can truly recommend this collection, for your family or as a gift to another family that is dear to you.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Thelma Wickwere on September 8, 2013
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Ok, let's get this right out in the open -- I think Sandra Boyton is an artistic genus. Her drawings are amazingly cute and this CD is way too cool! Each of the 12 country songs is a winner, running the gamut from ballad to foot stomper; my favorite is Dwight Yoakam singing the very catchy "I've Got A Dog". The offering comes with a nice 8-1/2" x 11" hard-bound picture book with the lyrics and Sandra's wonderful drawings to illustrate it. Kids will love the book, you will love the CD. I highly recommend this CD and accompanying book, on which the cover states is "for ages one to older than dirt". Give it a spin! I think you'll enjoy it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris Fow Cohen on September 12, 2013
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Music lovers make the mistake of assigning certain music to "children" only, never thinking they can enjoy it.

Sandra Boynton shatters that myth with her albums, including Frog Trouble. C'mon, Dwight Yokam singing about his dog Hank? Brad Paisley singing about friendship? Josh Turner singing about *anything*? Who can resist?

No one should. No one of any age should turn down the opportunity to listen to -- and sing along with -- these enjoyable songs. I may be an adult, but I'm no fool. And I've never met a listener (of any age) who didn't appreciate the humor and astounding honesty that permeate Boynton's songs.

Stop what you are doing and order this album right now. Then, when it arrives in the mail, stop what you are doing and listen to it. Then listen again. Then call your friends over to listen. Then pick up your daughter (or granddaughter) and dance with her to a song or two. They're that good, and that fun.

A special thanks to recording artists who share Boynton's vision and humor and help her bring them to life. I hope they all enjoyed it as much as we do, and will, for as long as the music lasts.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne M. Barker on September 4, 2013
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This is a very engaging collection of country songs with a lot of famous country music stars. It is fun to listen to.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Betty Dortch on November 20, 2013
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This will be a gift I give to all new Mommies.
I discovered this while researching Toddler speech therapy in connection to Music Thereapy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nevada Gal on September 4, 2013
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I love Sandra Boynton's characters. I love this music -- especially, "I've Got a Dog" -- I play it every morning because it is so uplifting. Too bad there is no picture of a Cocker Spaniel in the video.....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Oliver on April 14, 2014
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I love this book, CD--has everything--the music, the song pages, the performer's bios--fun and entertaining for kids of all ages.
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