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A companion to the popular One Yellow Lion and Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings, Matthew Van Fleet's Spotted Yellow Frogs is an engaging fold-out book for babies and preschoolers. Each spread introduces a new pattern, 3-D shape, and color. For example, one set of pages has the words "Striped Orange" on the left, and on the right is a striped orange cube entitled "Cube." Fold out the cube, and voilà! A pride of tumbling, striped-orange tigers appears. Young children will love the peek-a-boo approach of the book, but parents and teachers should let kids know that the patterns shown in the book are not necessarily the only patterns one might find in the animal kingdom. For example, beetles are not always "zigzag red" and butterflies aren't always "swirly purple." The book closes with a 36-inch-long, fold-out page featuring all seven shapes. Readers are asked to call out the names of the shapes, colors, and patterns, and to guess which animals hide behind each. The flip side shows a jumble of all the animals, so kids can pick out which animals are matched with the "wrong" pattern. Spotted Yellow Frogs is an excellent learning tool, and a book that children will want to read again and again. (Baby to preschool) --Aimee Damman

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It is hard to imagine a more intelligent, entertaining and instructive book for youngest viewer/listeners than this pleasing "flap" book with fold-out panels that reveal animal surprises on each of eight different spreads. We also learn a variety of useful descriptive adjectives - i.e. "speckly", "zigzag", "splotchy", "swirly", etc. - with clear, pictorial examples of what they mean. We get a lot of practice counting the numbers of various exotic animals, too. If that weren't enough, we encounter an octet of interesting shape names (wedge, cone, block, cylinder, etc.) and are presented with a challenging accordian-pleated puzzle at book's end. This is a toy-book with staying power and it is sure to delight its target audience. Recommended -- From Parents' Choice®
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 22 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books; 1st edition (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803723504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803723504
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew Van Fleet's innovative books have been introducing children to basic concepts for over twenty years. His unique formats invite toddlers to touch, press, pull, lift and even sniff as they explore colors, shapes, numbers, letters, opposites and more.
His books include the #1 New York Times bestsellers Tails and DOG as well as the New York Times bestsellers CAT, Alphabet, Heads and MOO. His perennial favorites have sold more than 6 million copies and children in fifteen countries across the globe enjoy his books in foreign language editions.

He lives with his wife, two sons and pug dog in Chappaqua, New York.

Customer Reviews

He asks to read this book every day.
DD67
I like this book so much I gave it and it's companion book Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings to a friend at her baby shower!
S.Kaspari
Would definitely recommend and all the other books by Matthew as well.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Breese on September 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
We got this book with a bunch of other hand-me-downs, and now I'm planning on getting the others from this author. My daughter is almost a year, and she gets squirmy every time we try to read any book but this one. With this book, she sits still, and looks so intently at the pages, laughing as we open each flap. Every time I say "the end", she signs "more". She could sit and read it over and over. While the shapes are more advanced than a baby will understand, I highly recommend this book for little ones, as well as preschoolers!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sunettra Chongtrakul on August 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My 25 months old daughter liked the "Fuzzy Yellow Duckling" book she discovered at playgroup, and I decided that it was worth ordering from Amazon.com. While reviewing the selection by the same author, I ended up buying this one too. It hasn't been a disappointment, my daughter loves both books although I feel that this one is more suitable for slightly older children since the shapes it teaches are things like cubes, columns, wedges etc. Still, it's a great and very clever little book with a wonderful "ending" of double sided long "synopsis" of the book. I think I will buy the 3rd book by this author soon.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a fun book that is entertaining for both baby and parents. Our son loved it from when he was just a few weeks old. The bright colors really catch his attention and now he loves to pull out the pages himself. This book is a must have.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
It's a good thing I love this book, because I've had to read it every day for the past two weeks and there is no end in sight to my son's enthusiasm. Not only is it a good introduction to complex shapes, but the illustrations are phenomenal. The animals are drawn with complex emotions on their faces that are fun to discuss with my child. From bored to exhausted to annoyed to surprised to delighted to perplexed and on and on, with small details in the background that my son loves to look for over and over. This one will be a gift to other children from now on.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DD67 on October 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My son calls it the sticky tongue book. I like to call it a wonderfully illustrated and educational book for young children. 3d shapes are shown in different colors and patterns and then open up to show a scene of different creatures underneath. A red zig zag ball turns to a family of red zig zag beetles tickling each other and playing, one is eating and one is sleeping. My 2 year old loves the humor in the pictures. He asks to read this book every day.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I used this book in a learning center for a second grade class to reinforce the concept of 3-D shapes. They loved the illustrations which provided an excellent visual format for the concept. The minimal text makes it very readable yet the vocabulary is challenging enough for all reading levels. Considering it was written for preschoolers, the older kids loved it.
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Matthew Van Fleet is one of my favorite authors. This books is so creative, the way he blends animals, patterns and 3D shapes in a lift-the-flap format. Our kids loved this book when they were little, so I bought it as a gift for my nephew. I gave it 3 stars instead of 5 because the back of the book at black gummy smudges on it....and I bought it new through Amazon Prime. The book gets 5 stars...Amazon gets 3 stars for selling a dirty copy and labeling it new.
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This book was recommended to me by another speech-language pathologist. It is perfect to assist children with adjectives and describing words. Unfortunately, the book I really wanted didn't seem to be in print. I selected another version. I like it, but it has the potential to be quickly ruined by small children with rough hands.
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