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Rain Brings Frogs: A Little Book of Hope Hardcover – March 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006196106X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061961069
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whatever the situation, young Nate sees things through optimistic eyes. For example, when Mom stands under her black umbrella and says, �I hate rain,� Nate,joyfully splashing about, answers, �Rain brings frogs!� When young friend Ben, hovered over a huge banana split, tells a hopeful dog, �Not enough,� Nate says, �Enough to share,� and extends his own ice-cream cone to a blissful pooch. Surrounded by a mountain of toys, little Liz wails, �I need more!� Smiling in his bed, holding a teddy, Nate says, �I need one.� Each spread�s simple text and colorful, cartoon-style illustrations, filled with playful details, accessibly convey basic behavioral concepts and demonstrate supportive ways to reframe disappointments, as in a scene in which a kid, who sits dejectedly at the edge of the pool holding a second-place medal, says �I lost.� Nate, happily holding his fifth-place award, says, �I finished!� If occasionally a bit predictable, this encourages both kids and adults to look for simple joys. Preschool-Grade 2. --Shelle Rosenfeld

About the Author

Maryann Cocca-Leffler is the author and illustrator of many picture books for children, including Easter Bunny in Training, a Sneak a Peek Book; the Book Sense Pick Mr. Tanen's Ties; and Parents' Choice approved Bus Route to Boston.


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Website: www.maryanncoccaleffler.com
My PLAY: www.princesskimthemusical.com
my Blog: www.maryanncoccaleffler.blogspot.com

I've been writing and illustrating children's books for more than 25 years and have published over 50 books. I graduated from Massachusetts College of Art in 1980 with a BFA in illustration. My Italian childhood has inspired several books. The first book I wrote and illustrated was "Wednesday is Spaghetti Day". My books "Bus Route to Boston" and "Clams All Year" are family stories which I hold dear to my heart. 2013 titles include A VACATION FOR POOCH and the much awaited, LET IT RAIN & LET IT SHINE, which will complete the "seasons" series joining the popular LET IT FALL & LET IT SNOW. Recent books, "Princess K.I.M and the Lie that Grew" and "Princess Kim and Too Much Truth", which together inspired my new Play, 'Princess K.I.M The Musical'. Please keep checking my website and blog to learn more about my books, school visits and upcoming projects. I live and work in NH where I am working on new books, as well as preparing for several upcoming productions of 'Princess K.I.M. The Musical'.
(I look forward to hearing from you.)
Maryann Cocca-Leffler

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Format: Hardcover
This perfectly simple storytime read for toddlers pairs a grudging family member with the little guy in the family--optimistic Nate. "When Ben says, There's not enough! Nate says, Enough to share." "When Liz says, I need more! Nate says, I need one." Uncomplicated pictures accompany the simple text.
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By Debnance at Readerbuzz on December 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When other people say, "I hate rain," Nate says, "Rain brings frogs!"

Nate is the eternal optimist. Everyone else bemoans their fate, but Nate always finds the good in the bad situation.

Children were not as taken with this book as I was. Perhaps it's just a bit more for grumpy grownups.

"When Casey says, `I lost," Nate says, `I finished.'"
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By Amazon Customer on November 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I checked this book out of the library and now and going to buy it. I love teaching my children to look at the sunny side of life, and this book illustrates that point perfectly! At the end of the book, my children all agree that they want to be friends with Nate! I applaud the author for writing a GREAT childrens book. Because they are not always easy to find.
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By Amy H. on March 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a charming, happy book. It is exactly in step with Cocca-Leffler's other very fine works. The story is an important one about optimism and gratitude, but it isn't preachy or overly complicated so that a little reader couldn't understand it or a bigger reader couldn't like it. My daughter loves the frogs that are found throughout the book and has fun pointing them out. The illustrations are beautiful and very accessible. We like reading it, and think you will too. It makes us smile.
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