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Jimmy the Racing Frog Kindle Edition

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Length: 36 pages Word Wise: Enabled Age Level: 3 - 9
Grade Level: 1 - 4

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About the Author

M. Sterling Jones lives in Montclair, Virginia with his wife and four kids. He starting writing children's books as a way to connect with his children while he was deployed to Iraq with the Army.

Product Details

  • File Size: 16230 KB
  • Print Length: 36 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Project Woodchucks; 5 edition (November 19, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 19, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054H8ZJM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,066 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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One of my greatest treasures is sharing a good story with my children. I look forward to the quiet moments before bedtime reading and drawing with them.

We live in a little house by a little lake.

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The life cycle of a frog, from egg to tadpole to "racing frog!" That's neat as these are facts about nature that youngsters can pick up on. The illustrations are varied and help tell the story also.

Jimmy the Frog grew up to be fast! So he wanted to be more than a jumping frog -- he wanted to be a Racing Frog! And he wanted to do that in a racing car! He practiced for this all his life. But it wasn't to be, and he had to settle for another sport, at which he became champion. Yep, jumping! The lesson here is on-target -- just because you can dream it doesn't mean you can achieve it. You have to be realistic, recognize your talents, and go with them. This is a most important lesson for frogs to learn -- as well as children and adults. Great!

The only problem I had was with the small, rather boring font for the story lines. Was difficult to read and not exciting.
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Let me begin by saying there are many things that I liked about this book. The message from the protagonist is that in life we do not always achieve what we want most, and that we must be resilient and resourceful in finding more than one avenue to achieve fulfillment and success. I loved the activities, ideas and education section at the end of the book which recaps what the reader should have learned and provides more than one type of outlet to express it. For example, the reader might draw, search the internet, act out, or have a competition with friends using scenes from the book. Teachers, parents and children can use these suggestions.

The book is divided into two parts. In the first section the reader is taken through the stages of a frog's life from egg, tadpole, froglet and adult frog. Simple illustrations accompany the text. The second part of the book switches to Jimmy the frog's attempt to achieve his dream of becoming the best frog race car driver. When the track owner indicates the reason he cannot compete, a bystander who overhears the conversation gives Jimmy another suggestion. Jimmy works hard to put that alternate suggestion into practice, proving to himself there is more than one way to reach your goals.

While the lesson is laudable, the text in the story line is a bit choppy and does not transition smoothly. The illustrations are too small to be clearly seen and the formatting in the kindle version is a bit awkward. That is my reason for not giving the book four stars.
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Lovely story about being flexible enough to try something else that you might be better at. Be willing to try new things. Keep your options open. Loved the activities at the end of the book.

Transition to race track was a little abrupt and caught me off guard; I thought maybe I'd gotten bumped into a different book at first. But once I "shifted" my perspective, it was fine.
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A good children's book. The story is about not giving up on your dreams even when things might not turn out the way you expected. I like how clear that message is in this book. There is a list of different activities and educational lesson ideas after the book.
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This book follows Jimmy the Frog from his birth in the pond to his dream of being a race car driver and his disappointment when he can't race because of his size. My five year old daughter liked Jimmy the Racing Frog but it was also a little long to hold her attention. We read it in two sessions. More than the story, she seemed to really enjoy the bright and vivid illustrations. The artwork is really well done. From my point of view it was interesting and at the same time strange to have a book start off as an education story that transforms into a fantasy story. The transition aspect probably could've been done better because it seemed forced. It's a cute concept and I like the idea, but it just seemed to be lacking something. I like the lesson of the story which is not to give up and if you fail, change direction and refocus and try again. This is good for kids to learn. Also I really like the Activities section at the end of the book and thought it was a really neat feature for kids to get them thinking and interacting with the book they just read and to give them a creative spark of their own. A really neat feature.
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My grandson loved this story. We have read it numerous times! I don't have a lot on my kindle for him so I wanted some good ones we can reread!
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"That was weird," were the words of my 5 year old son after finishing this book. He said he did not like it because he is used to books with more pictures. The Kindle format is very poor quality, with some pages without pictures. It was also too long.

Being an avid reader myself, I also disliked this book. The story itself was choppy, going from a fiction-educational story about the life cycle of a frog to more of a fairytale. The transition itself was also confusing. I loved the concept of illustrating the frog life cycle through fiction; however, it was poorly executed. This made following the story difficult.

1 star from me + 1 star from my son = 2 stars for Jimmy the Racing Frog.
I got this book free, and I do not recommend others spend their money on it. The author seems to have a great mind. I encourage him to continue to grow as a children's author.
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