Intricate, gloriously lush illustrations highlight this retelling of the familiar tale. Wargin has preserved much of the tone of the original text while editing the length to make it more palatable for younger audiences. Gilbert perfectly captures the princess' conflicting emotions as she struggles with her revulsion for the frog even as she acknowledges that she must fulfill her end of the bargain. Visual elements emphasize particular story details. The text is printed in a lovely deep green, matching the frog theme, for instance. The brevity of the text makes for some abrupt transitions. Readers may wonder at the sudden appearance of the prince's servant, Faithful Henry, for example. And there will certainly be questions about why the witchy princess, who throws the frog at a wall, deserves him when he is revealed as a prince, but this does conform to the original Grimm brothers story. Carton, Debbie
Foreword Magazine, 2007
"Princess, dear princess please open the door, for you made a promise you must not ignore!" After retrieving a ball from a well for the princess, the frog calls out to her, for she has ignored the promise she made to him. He persistently, much to the distain of the princess, persuades her to allow him to eat from her plate, enter her room and sleep in her bed. At each poetic request from the frog, the princess becomes increasingly uncomfortable, but her father, the king, admonishes her and orders her to keep her promise to the frog that befriended her. Finally, in desperation, the princess flings the old water-splasher angrily against the wall. In true keeping with fairytales, the spell cast upon him by a wicked witch is broken, and the frog is transformed into a handsome prince.
Kathy-Jo Wargin has woven her literary magic in a retelling of the Brothers Grimm tale. It is a treasure to be collected by princesses and princes everywhere. The book speaks its own language of love; the gentle, firm guidance of a father, promises kept, (difficult as they may be), and the belief that persistence pays off. Wargin is the author of The Legend of Sleeping Bear, Win One for the Gipper, and The Legend of the Loon, which won the International Reading Association Children's Choice Award. As evident by her books, she enjoys writing about nature and its impact on people's lives.
Internationally acclaimed artist and illustrator, Anne Yvonne Gilbert, lives in England and has exhibited in galleries throughout the world. Billy Joel's lullaby, Goodnight, My Angel, is among her illustrated works. Her watercolor paintings of vibrant jewel tones, exquisite attention to detail, and the flowing gowns, tendrils and crowns in Frog Prince transport the reader to days gone by.
Frog Prince will be certain to entertain and delight young and old as they read a story about doing the right thing and learning that when they do, good things will happen. This version is destined to join one's fairytale collection. Princesses and princes from about three to six years of age will enjoy having Frog Prince read to them, and those from six to twelve will enjoy reading it themselves. Promises are intended to be kept, even by princesses! -- Foreword Magazine 2007