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  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Voyager/HBJ Book
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (April 26, 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156339005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156339001
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The time was when the song Frog Went A-Courtin' (or as I remember it Froggie Went A-Courtin') was known to every man woman and child in the continental United States. Today, this is not the case. The story of the frog dandy and his lovely rodent bride is no longer sung half so much as it once was. What is to blame for this strange turn of fortune? Interspecies dating fears? A loathsome repugnance to frog songs? I have no idea. Just the same, it's a delight to think that books like the 1956 Caldecott winning "Frog Went A-Courtin'" can carry on the song's tradition, regardless of how often it is sung today.
In a respectful author's note at the beginning, writer John Langstaff explains the origins of the song. Transposed from Scotland to America (there's a wonderful picture of a small yellow frog jumping from one bank entitled "Scotland" to another bank entitled "America" accompanying the explanation) the song has changed and grown over the course of many many years. Langstaff is quick to give credit where credit is due. Says he, "Sometimes the grownups might forget some of the words, and the children would make up words they liked better, and put them in the song". As a result, Langstaff credits the song to the hundreds of adults and children that passed it on to one another. His version is a combination of these, and perhaps the best possible. The narration is smooth and the lyrics scan perfectly. All in all, an enjoyable tale.
The illustrations are really what make this tale top notch. Artist Feodor Rojankovsky paired with Langstaff on a number of different picture books over the years. In this story, every scene is well thought out and delicate. The details are brought fully to life through Rojankovsky's adept inks and colored pencils.
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Frog Went A-Courtin', is a story of a fantacy genre which was written in Scotland over 400 years ago, where it was told and sung to the children. As people began to move from Scotland to America they brought the "Frog and Mouse" song with them. John Langstaff explained this in the front of the book. Today, it is mainly read aloud, but the great illustrations, done by Feodor Rojankovsky, give great detail with a broad range of color use. The book was awarded a Caldecott Medal for "The most distinguished American picture book for children." The book tells a story of a frog who went out to seek a bride and meets a mouse. The mouse will not marry until her uncle "Rat" gives consent. Then with the uncle's consent various animal's contribute to the Frog and the Rats wedding. The wedding seems to be going great until the cat comes in to destroy it. With the guest running off, the book ends with the Frog and the Mouse resting on the deck of a ship going to France.
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I dare you to read this to your kids without adding the mmm-hmmm's.

I don't think it can be done -- they are just THERE.

So, we always read it as a sing-along. (This book has the music at the back, for your little ones to plunk on the piano.)

Great illustrations with lots of personality.

Mmmm-hmmm!
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"Frog Went A-Courtin'" is a classic. This version is a classic. This book is the one you want.

The song goes back to at least 1548 in Scotland. Modern English versions are abound. There is not much new as far as the text goes. That's a good thing. No one messed with what already amazing.

If you are new to the tale: Frog has his eye on Miss Mousie. He formally dates her, and finally, asks for her hand. Miss Mousie, being a lady, assures him that she is interested, but requires the blessing of her uncle. She gets that blessing and the wedding begins with a colorful array of bugs and animals. They arrive each in their own kind of splendor, but things become chaotic. In short, it is a silly, fun book.

I still own my early 1970s copy. With a new boy around, I thought it important to create a library for him, starting with the tried and true. I was concerned some adjustments might be made.

There are some nice updates: Some pages include more of the original art (less is cropped). Colors are more vibrant. I'm attributing this to better printing processes.

Feodor Rojankovsky's art remains as playful as always. The pictures are fantastic yet plausible, meeting the expectations of the text perfectly. Ultimately, his art is the reason you want to buy this version, and the reason it has won awards.

I'm not clear what John Langstaff did as an author, given that the base of the folk song is so well-known.

I fully recommend "Frog Went A-Courtin'" by John Langstaff and Feodor Rojankovsky.

Anthony Trendl
treefortbooks.com
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Frog Went A-Courtin' by John Langstaff and illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky was an all time favorite with my children and by the reaction when I read (or sing) it to the children of today, it still is. This is quite a unique book which tells the old, old story of Froggy and his courtship with Miss Mousy. As the author of this work has stated in his forward, this song, or story, was first recorded in written form over 400 years ago in Scotland. It has gone thorough many changes since that time and has become a staple with American Folk Singers. I know I heard one of my favorite versions years ago done by Burl Ives. The Author has used a compilation of many of the versions of this song or tale, and there are many, and put them together to make this book.

The story starts with Frog putting on his shinny black boots, buckling on his pistol and sword, mounting his trusty steed and goes off courtin' to the home of the ever beautiful Miss Mousy. The text begins, "Frog went a-courtin', he did ride, sword and pistol by his side...." The story ends with the lines,

"The Frog and the Mouse they went to France
And this is the end of my romance.

Frog's bridle and saddle are laid on the shelf.
If you want anymore, you need sing it your self!"

Of course the middle part of the story goes though the entire courtship right of the wedding, wedding feast and marriage of our unlikely couple, including getting permission from Miss Mouse's Uncle Rat. The words of the entire version of this song are well written and the last page in the book gives you the music chords to use. The music is the mode used from the Southern Appalachian Mountains, which in my opinion, is the best.
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