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Froggy's Birthday Wish
The latest in Jonathan London's Froggy series: One sad little amphibian thinks no one remembers the day he went from being a tadpole to being a full-fledged frog.

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About the Author

Cathryn Falwell's first book, Where's Nicky?, was published in 1991, and since then many books have followed, including the popular Turtle Splash!, which Kirkus Reviews called "a lovely example of multidisciplinary bookmaking showing how science, art, and literature can all connect." She lives in Gorham, Maine.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (August 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061236993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061236990
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 10.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,641,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cathryn Falwell is an illustrator and author of more more than 25 picture books for children. Born and raised in the midwest, she has lived on Frog Song Pond in Maine since 1996. Ms Falwell frequently visits schools, libraries and nature centers to talk with children about books, imagination and creativity. She enjoys hiking, drawing, gardening, snow-shoeing, and watching the turtles from her treehouse. You can learn more at her website: or on her blog:

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Mark Collins’ greatest talent lies in his illustrations. The cartoonish exaggeration will make children laugh out loud. It is the first day of holidays, and Ben is going to make the most of it. He rides his bike, hunts for sharks, paints a picture, jumps in puddles, and does far, far more. The little boy’s exuberance and delight with his experiences is clearly apparent on every page. His gentle enthusiasm for life is contagious.

The story is more of an anecdote than a plot. Ben is happy that it is the first day of summer and he isn’t going to waste a minute. He enjoys the day to the fullest and collapses happily into bed when night arrives. The rhyming text, sometimes ABAC and sometimes rhyming couplets, are well matched to the fast, fun filled pace of the child’s adventures.

There is no conflict in the story, no rising tension, no problem to solve. It is a simple romp from dawn till dusk. Not once does Ben resort to any screens for entertainment. Many of his toys and activities could be done by any child. This would be a great book to share with the child on holiday who says, “I’m bored.”
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By Brie D on August 17, 2010
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I was suggested this book by the Every Child can read program and I really enjoy reading it with my son.
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