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on June 12, 2010
WILLIAM'S TROUBLESOME TONGUE is the beautifully illustrated tale of William, a young energetic frog, who wants to master all the tasks that other young frogs find easy. However, what is easy for them is not at all easy for William. This makes him feel ashamed and lonesome. However, William develops a friendship that changes his life forever.

His friendship involves Rita, a luminous dragonfly, who helps him gain confidence to overcome his doubts and fears. She never criticizes William but only offers him support. With her encouragement, William learns the value of true friendship and finds that his ability to do simple tasks has improved tremendously. William lives with the miracle of personal success, a miracle based on friendship.

This is an uplifting story that is welcomed by young readers from 9 to 12 years-of-age. It is also a delightful tale to read aloud to younger children, who love the story and particularly enjoy the illustrations.
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Sarah M. Regan, Ph.D
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Who hasn't felt inadequate at something that is supposed to come easily? William can't catch bugs, and for a frog, this is a life skill that he must learn or end up starving to death. The story doesn't state that obvious fact because it's a childrens' book, but it's there underneath, buried under just enough layers to not frighten the reader.

Maureen Hinton does a superb job of writing a book that's important on many levels. Teasing someone who can't do something is hurtful and not helpful in the least.

Sometimes we have to look outside of our own kind to find friends who can help us learn what we must to survive.

When we're given the chance to return a kindness, we shouldn't hesitate. This story is for adults as well as children.

Besides the wonderful lessons this story provides, William's Troublesome Tongue is also illustrated so skillfully that you need to buy two copies; one to read and keep, the other so you can tear out the illustrations in order to frame them. Yes, they're that good. I don't see an illustrator credited with the drawings so I have to assume Hinton has drawn them herself. What a talent. This book is bound to be a classic.

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on July 16, 2010
William is a lot like a lot of us. Some things that others do well, we do poorly or not at all. It is expected of us and when we fail, others laugh or make fun. William is a frog that cannot catch flies with his tongue. Despite his own efforts and family support, he always fails miserably. In despair, he goes off alone to try by himself, and that is where his adventures begin. He meets a new friend, learns that he is not the only one with troubles that seem unsolvable, and learns to triumph against all odds by never giving up. There is something in this story for everyone, adults and children alike, and besides, it ends happily, my kind of book! The text is not too difficult for children reading at about a third grade level, but I recommend this book as a read along. The dialog inspires creativity and voice acting. The graphics are marvelous and compelling. They draw you in and make you want to read the book. I recommend it to others, own and have read it myself. A new classic that would rival a chapter from Wind In The Wilows, an old favorite of mine.
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on March 25, 2014
This book is well written and well illustrated. But I may be a little biased as the author is my neighbor!

Seriously the story line does a great job of teaching a child about life's struggles and overcoming them.
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on August 25, 2010
Positive and uplifting words from someone who believes in you, and in what you try to achieve, can make you move mountains. This book shows the difference between the effect of negative comments from people on an individual, and the incredible changes which positive feedback can bring.
Willaim is a little frog who cannot catch bugs with his tongue. Instead of helping Willaim the other little frogs laugh at him which makes him not want to practise at all. Willaim made one special friend, a dragonfly, who was willing to listen to Willaim, and have faith in his ability to do whatever he set out to do.
This book teaches children a great lesson, and is beautifully illustrated in bright colours.
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