- Age Range: 3 - 6 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
- Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 64 pages
- Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; First Edition edition (June 8, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1423103009
- ISBN-13: 978-1423103004
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.5 x 10.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 131 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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City Dog, Country Frog Hardcover – June 8, 2010
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, June 2010: Over the past decade, Mo Willems and Jon J. Muth have each created some of the most memorable animal stories for young readers. Working collaboratively for the first time, these award-winning authors have produced a picture book tale that is as fresh and timeless as the genre itself. City Dog, Country Mouse brings the joy of unexpected friendship and the beauty of the seasons into focus. The two seemingly incompatible animals--a free-range frog and a curious urban dog--teach young readers of the endless possibilities that unfold when we share the best of ourselves with each other. --Lauren Nemroff
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Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2—Spare, poignant, and ultimately upbeat, this tale depicts the natural cycle of friendship from an enthusiastic first encounter to contented companionship to the heartbreak of loss and eventual emotional renewal. Presented with a comfortingly consistent narrative structure, the events are set against the backdrop of the changing seasons, reassuring readers that winter will turn again to spring, sadness to joy. In "spring," City Dog runs free in the countryside for the first time ever and discovers an unfamiliar creature perched on a rock. Asked, "What are you doing?" Country Frog smiles and replies, "Waiting for a friend…but you'll do." The two play Country Frog games ("jumping and splashing and croaking") and when reunited in "summer," they enjoy City Dog pastimes ("sniffing and fetching and barking"). In "fall," Country Frog is tired, so the friends spend their time remembering. When City Dog arrives again in "winter," Country Frog is nowhere to be found (a wordless spread shows the pooch sitting on the rock, looking small and forlorn against a stark winterscape). In "spring again," a sad-looking City Dog befriends another critter with a familiar line, and then beams "a froggy smile" (shown in close-up, this warmly illustrated grin guarantees that Country Frog will not be forgotten). Making expert use of color and texture, Muth's expressive paintings clearly convey the tale's emotional nuances. This understated picture book allows plenty of room for young readers to interpret the animals' feelings for themselves and perhaps discuss their own emotions.—Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
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A disclaimer… This book may be a conversation starter about life cycles and death. But, the specifics of that are left to the reader. I first read this book as a part of a Mock Caldecott unit with 3rd graders (8- and 9-year-olds) in January 2011. When I previewed the book, I was slightly anxious about reading this with my class, in case it opened doors to conversations about death that I wasn’t sure I was ready to lead. Instead, I found my students excited to debate exactly what happened to the frog— did he die? move? hibernate? My roomful of 20 students was excited to discuss their opinions and interested to try to back up their ideas through friendly debate. I didn’t have to say a word, and they were content with their conversation and ideas!
Fast forward a few years, and this book has become a favorite in our house with our 5-year-old and 2.5-year-old daughters — and neither is bothered by the disappearance of the frog. As we read City Dog, Country Frog, we talk about friendships lost and the courage it takes to make new friends, which gives us an age-appropriate way to share and enjoy this book.
Now to the review… As I stated above, Willems and Muth are an unbeatable team! The words are minimal and illustrations emotional and beautiful, and the combination is an extremely tender story of friendships new and old. The teaching and talking points are numerous; conversations can be had about courage to make new friends, time needed to grieve loss, changing seasons (both in terms of weather and life stages), differences in personal experience based on where you live, things we can teach each others, impacts friends have on our own lives… I could go on and on. Parents, caregivers, and teachers will want to be aware of their children’s personal experiences regarding death before sharing this book, but it could also be a wonderful resource to sensitively and gently begin conversations about loss and death when children may need that, too.
And the illustrations. Oh the illustrations! These watercolors quickly caught my eye and my heart. They are absolutely beautiful, filled with light, emotion, and humor all at once. In fact, my husband and I were both so taken by the paintings that we used prints from this book to decorate our nursery five years ago, and the framed illustrations still hang in our daughter’s room today.
Thank you, Mo Willems and Jon J. Muth, for this heart-touching, humorous, gentle story of friendship and loss. May your collaboration grace many bookshelves for years to come!
1. Very different people can be friends.
2. In the process of being friends, they teach each other about their different worlds, and maybe even create a new one together.
3. People that we love sometimes leave us (and it's nice here that we don't overtly know whether the frog died, hibernated, or moved on, because loved ones leave in a wide variety of ways that may have nothing to do with us). It's also nice that they do the remembering part in the fall, as this will resonate with how many young people interact with their elderly relatives.
4. We miss the people who we've lost, but they leave their imprint on us (that froggy grin).
5. Life goes on. I totally disagree with those who think that this means that the message is "friends are disposable" -- quite the opposite, dog spends a whole season in mourning, and is still sad when spring arrives. But then he takes what he learned from frog and applies it to the trip back to point 1, making a new friend with the possibility of new discoveries.
Anyway, none of this stuff hits you over the head, but all the sensations are there in the delicate lighting of the watercolors. My 2.5-year-old and I have enjoyed reading it very much, and I expect that we will enjoy it in ever-changing ways as she gets older. That's a rarity.
This feels like a collaboration of two great artists, like when Yoyo Ma does albums with Indian tabla players and the like -- they each recognized the power of what the other was doing, and imagined that a combination might allow good things to happen. I have no idea whether that's actually how this book came to be, but I hope so -- it certainly worked!!
The watercolors are lovely and emotionally evocative, and the text is spare but both lyrical and moving. It gently addresses the idea of loss without emphasizing sadness, and it presents a model of resilience and happy remembrance. I was initially worried that my daughter would be distressed that the frog disappears, but instead she finds the dog's "froggy smile" hilarious, and seems content with the ending, in which the dog befriends a chipmunk.