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999 Tadpoles Hardcover – May 1, 2011
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About the Author
Ken Kimura was born in Tottori Prefecture, Japan. In addition to writing children’s books, he makes handmade children’s toys. Mr. Kimura lives in Japan.
Yasunari Murakami was born in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. His illustrations have been honored at the Bolgona Book Fair, the Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava, and with the Japan Picture Book Award, and there is a Yasunari Murakami Museum in the Izu Highland, Japan.
Top Customer Reviews
The simple figures, generous use of white space and large eyes of the frogs reminded me of Taro Gomi, not surprising, considering that 999 Tadpoles is also a Japanese import. These illustrations made me think of baby peeper migrations when you'll see thousands of teeny-tiny little frogs hopping all over in late spring. I had expected, in a story with 1001 frogs total, that part of the tale would be about losing some along the way, so I was pleased to see the story end so happily. After the hawk grabs Father, the little frogs each grab hold forming a heavy chain, and the hawk ends up dropping them... into a new pond, with room for them all to make their home there. This is a fun story with a great sense of humor, sure to be a hit at storytime.
Their Mother cautioned them and told them to follow their Father as the world was a dangerous place. They zig zagged through a field, wondering just when they would arrive at their new home. Father told them to keep on moving "or a scary snake might get you." Mmmm! It looked like some of those 999 little frogs were sitting on something like that. Hissss! As the family scrambled to get out of the way, a hawk suddenly swooped down from the clouds and grabbed Father. What would happen to him and how would they ever reach their new home without him?
This hysterically charming tale of 999 tadpoles on the move will delight the young child. This tale, in all its simplicity, is quite amusing. I loved the artwork, especially the scene of the wide-eyed little frogs complaining of their uncomfortable circumstances in their now too small pond. The language and attitude of the 999 frogs is similar to that of siblings. "When will we get there?" "Don't push!" This jaunty little story with its surprise ending no doubt will be one that little ones will demand again and again. Any family with 1 to 999 little tadpoles will love this froggy tale!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My four year old granddaughter just laughed and laughed at the story in this book. Really funny! Can't imagine a 3-6 year old not falling in love with the story.Published 9 months ago by patricia a. riley
this is a highly entertaining book that is awesome for storytelling and terrific illustrations! Read more
Loved the fun, simple illustrations and the upbeat look at tadpoles becoming frogs. Gave this as a gift to a 3 year old, and he really liked it.Published on October 13, 2013 by Pat Francis
This book is both visually stimulating and a great story. I have read the story to 1st graders who were totally engaged during the reading. Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by cathy christensen