"There are worlds of possibility within our own imaginations from which we can create stories that can make someone want to cry or laugh, play a saxophone or make a snowman. This act of writing, for me, is a part of my celebration of life, a way to give back a little for all that I have been given. Kind of thanks."
Jonathan London started writing poetry in his late teens. Although he received a Masters Degree in Social Sciences and never formally studied literature or creative writing, he began to consider himself a "writer" about the time he graduated from college. After college he became a dancer in a modern dance company and worked at numerous low-paying jobs as a laborer or counselor.
However, during this twenty-year period, London continued to write. He wrote poems and short stories for adults, earning next to nothing despite being published in many literary magazines. "It wasn't until I had kids of my own that I became a writer for children," he explains. "It all started with telling them stories when they were very young. I wrote down one of these stories, and it became The Owl Who Became the Moon, my first picture book sale (though it was my fourth to appear in print). Now I am finally making a living as a writer. A dream come true!"
Born a "Navy brat" in Brooklyn, New York, Jonathan was raised on Naval stations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Today he lives with his wife, Maureen, and their two sons, Aaron and Sean, in rural Northern California where they like to backpack in the summer, play in the snow in winter-and dance all year around.
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Frank Remkiewicz has illustrated numerous books for children, including the popular Froggy books by Jonathan London (Viking and Puffin). He lives in Sarasota, Florida.
Great author and illustrations.
I started my daughter on these books when she was about 4 or 5 and she is almost 10 and she still enjoys breaking out her old Froggy books and reading them!
This is a funny book for children, but if you are the grownup reading it to them, you are in for a treat as well.
In this Froggy adventure little Froggy's parents want to go swimming but he doesn't. He's scared. He thinks he doesn't know how to swim. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rosa Cline
I feel bad writing such a negative review, but this book is not something I would recommend to others. I dislike reading it so much, that I hid it from my daughter. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kelluh
Bought this for my great niece and she likes it. I got the paperback so it's not as vivid of colors as I would have liked.Published 8 months ago by VintageDiva
When my grandkids stay over, we read this book every time! It's very funny, and I don't even mind repeating and repeating.Published 14 months ago by SW VA
Honestly, I just can't stand any of the Froggy books. This one is particularly aggravating. All the Froggy books give way too many details about mundane actions like putting on... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sarah
Children are sure to relate to Froggy's forgetfulness, impatience, and fears. His adventures are wonderful. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Elyse Wheeler
Eh, I was hoping for something a little more encouraging for my toddler as we prepared for our first swim lesson but it seemed like they had a good story going and then were told... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Angie
Great book for kids starting to swim. This book my daughter loved because she also loves frogs. The pictures are also very bright and colorful. Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by Tammy Johnson