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The Frog House Hardcover – March 8, 2004

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When author Mark Taylor was a boy, a friend of his family built a birdhouse to look just like an apple, and thus, The Frog House was born. As the title suggests, this apple-shaped birdhouse becomes a frog house when a tree frog moves in: "The frog had seen birds move into birdhouses, but never into a wooden apple. The people must have put this apple here just for me, he thought. It must be a frog house." Indeed. Of course, the other animals are fooled. A robin mistakes the frog house for an actual apple and pecks at it in search of worms. A crow tries to steal it for his nest. A beautiful bluebird mistakes it for a birdhouse and a squirrel hurts its teeth trying to bite it. Imagine the cat's disappointment to find a froggy inhabitant instead of a crunchy bird lunch: "I was so hoping for a bird. I'm a cat, and cats eat birds." The frog had never had so many visitors in his life! In the end, as the frog is proudly singing spring peeping songs, he receives another visitor--this time a beautiful green tree frog: "'Do come in and look around,' the tree frog said to her. And she did. She admired everything.... And she stayed." Barbara Garrison's wonderful, textured folk-art illustrations, described in detail in the front matter as collagraphs (from "collage" and "graphic"), actually include dried leaves from apple trees! Children will adore the idea of a frog moving furniture into an apple house; the polite interactions with other animals that make for a pleasantly repetitive read-aloud; and of course, the happy ending. (Ages 3 to 6) --Karin Snelson

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PreSchool-Grade 2--When a family places an apple-shaped birdhouse in a tree, a green tree frog quickly moves into it. The rest of the story consists of the frog's interactions with several animals that approach his new home, including a robin, a crow, a squirrel, and a cat. The tale concludes when a female tree frog wanders by and, impressed by the shiny, red apple-house, decides to stay. None of these encounters creates any excitement, danger, or amusement for the protagonist, aside from some mild swaying of his abode. The text consists of a series of flat hello-and-good-bye exchanges between the creatures. Fortunately, the illustrations have more interest and depth than the story line. Collages of paper, leaves, feathers, and other materials were glued to cardboard, coated with gesso and acrylic, and pressed with rag paper, and the resulting prints were then colored with watercolor washes. The pictures are folksy, warm, and intricately textured. Although the plot is slight, the striking artwork may spark young readers' imaginations and inspire them to create more dramatic conversations between the tree frog and his neighbors.--Eve Ortega, Cypress Library, CA
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; 1 edition (March 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525461744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525461746
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,013,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Green on July 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The Frog House is an amusing story that is enjoyable for both the older child-reader and the younger child-listener. All ages will be intrigued by the delightful frog and his use of 'squatter's rights' to maintain residence in his new-found home.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Taylor on March 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My grandchildren loved this story and the illustrations. The especially liked the idea that a frog could actually live in a house. The visitors to the frog house were all charmingly portrayed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
"The Frog House" is a refreshing story. The voice of the author is sincere and creates a feeling of innocenece. The story couldn't be any sweeter making one want to befriend all the animal characters. My children love the book and it gives them a very homey feeling when we read it.
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By Tara Nicholson on September 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My kids really enjoy this book, cute story, the artwork is fun. I've used it as gifts as well because it's a uniquely special book, as good as the popular kids books, but not likely something the recipients already have.
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