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The Silly Looking Thing Hardcover – August 1, 2012


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  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764341448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764341441
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,778,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The illustrations really added to the story.
Lisa Brown
I reviewed The Silly Looking Thing by Eva M. Sakmar-Sullivan, in exchange for review from Netgalley.com The book was published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Stacie D. Wyatt
The book is probably for about age 7 - 12 to read alone, but can certainly be read to younger children.
Kathy W

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathy W TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a brand new 2012 book by talented author and artist Eva M. Sakmar-Sullivan. It's a children's book, designed to teach values. The 42 pages are colorful and very nicely illustrated by Eva. Dedicated to the various frogs, turtles, and other creatures who shared her art studio, the story is about a boy frog who is out and about one day looking for someone to play with. A "silly looking thing" (strange creature) sticks his head up out of the pond and wants to play, but the boy frog acts as though he is too good to play with the silly looking thing. This went on for some time, and finally, boy frog told his parents about his encounter and that he could only play with frogs!

When boy frog's parents explained that it was wrong to treat others badly because they were different, boy frog realized he was wrong and sought out the silly looking thing to apologize--but it was nowhere to be found. Instead, there was a young frog at the pond. When boy frog asked young frog to play, young frog ignored him. Back and forth, boy frog was ignored until finally young frog said "I thought you didn't play with silly looking things?" (IN YOUR FACE, DUDE!)

Yep, you guessed it, young frog used to be a tadpole, and explained to boy frog that boy frog was once a tadpole, too. Boy frog realized how badly he had behaved and sincerely asked for forgiveness, and the two became friends.

A two page cycle of 6 drawings follow the story, illustrating how we go from eggs to tadpole to frog.

Again, a very nice children's story that teaches values, and teaches how children can say hurtful things to others without realizing the impact. (Children don't generally behave this way until someone teaches them.
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By Macidull on March 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is an extremely valuable book for children in society during highly formulative years. It teaches about tolerance and appreciation for beings that may be new and unfamiliar, an elimination of unfounded biases, and a primer on the biological development of frogs from frog eggs. Also it is exquisitely portrayed in figures of art and words. Eva Sakmar's other children's books are equally delightful and informative.
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The Silly Looking Thing by Eva M. Sakmar-Sullivan is a great book for young readers and pre-readers. The lesson it teachers on accepting people no matter their differences is excellent. It also gives a quick lesson on how frogs go from an egg in the water to a leaping land creature. The graphics are great, the font is big enough with just the right amount of words per page that my young reader won't get discouraged before she tries to read it.

I read this book to review it for Net Galley.
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This is another one of those books that is "okay" but maybe isn't destined to become a classic. The premise is that a young frog is looking for a playmate at the pond, but refuses to play with the "silly looking thing" in the water, no matter how many times it asks. By the end, the "silly looking thing" has turned into a young frog himself and it turns out he was just a tadpole before. The premise is great and there's so much room for humour here, but I found myself trying to dress up the "silliness" of the book with funny voices and things. The book itself didn't really have much silliness or whimsy, which I found disappointing. When I read it to Magda, she seemed a bit let down at the end, as though I had missed a page. It's clearly intended to be a "message" book about not judging people based on their looks, but I think it's a lost opportunity that the author didn't also make it a funny, silly story that kids would want to read multiple times.

Disclaimer: I received a digital galley of this book free from the publisher from NetGalley. I was not obliged to write a favourable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.
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By Dena on February 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a good story about being nice to others, even when they look different than you. While it carries a good message, I feel that the language is a bit strong for little kids.

The age group it is targeted at is Pre-K to 2. I have a Pre-K child, and I felt like the Itsy-Bitsy Frog was a little too rude for the audience. I could be wrong, since my daughter has not started Kindergarten yet. I know that children can be very blunt and speak their minds, but when I read this with my daughter I felt like she picked up on the rude behavior, but not the great message behind the story.

The illustrations are lovely. The colors are a nice, analogous scheme with pops of different color here and there.

I am giving this book 3 stars. I liked the message and the artwork. I wish that the message had been delivered a little differently.
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