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Froggie Went A-Courtin' Hardcover – July 1, 2002

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From Publishers Weekly

In this cleverly re-imagined version of the 400-year-old Scottish folk song, wife-hungry Froggie doesn't have a sword and pistol by his side, but his heart is definitely on his sleeve. Trapani (The Itsy Bitsy Spider) focuses her new lyrics solely on Froggie's attempts at wooing, and sets the goings-on in a vaguely Edwardian era a period that dovetails nicely with the gentlemanly demeanor of her hero. In Trapani's sentimental, pastel-hued watercolors, Froggie's a dapper dresser and an earnest (not to mention chocolates-bearing) suitor. But he makes the mistake of picking four non-amphibians in a row as potential mates (the fetching Mousie of the traditional song, then Turtle, Birdie and Chipmunk), and not even the flowery garlands that enclose the lyrics can blunt the harshness of the ladies' rejections. Says Birdie: "I would think about it if you flew,/ But you smell of swamp; you're slimy too./ No thanks, no thanks." The middle, text-less spread of the book finds Froggie in the dumps and disconsolately reading a book titled "The Lonely Frog" in bed. But his luck changes the next day when he spots "a vision by the creek" a lovely lady frog, who, in a nice feminist turn, pops the question to him. The couple's sunlit formal wedding, with all the former woo-ees as bridesmaids, is the very definition of Happily Ever After. Music for the song is included on the last page. Ages 2-7.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-Trapani has made quite a career out of taking beloved children's songs and extending the story with humor and fun to spare. Her latest offering takes "Froggie Went A-Courtin'" to its logical conclusion. First Mousie turns down his proposal: "I don't want a frog to hold and squeeze,/Oh no, oh no./I don't like the water, you hate cheese,/So you might as well get off your knees,/Oh no, oh no." Then, in turn, he is rejected by Turtle, Birdie, and Chipmunk. A spread shows the dejected suitor alone in bed reading The Lonely Frog. The next page (and day), he espies a vision by the creek: a lovely frog. She asks him to marry her and he joyfully croaks, "I'll marry you!" The next spread shows the happy pair tying the knot with Froggie's former love interests as bridesmaids. Trapani's joyous and bright watercolors are perfectly wedded to the cheerful new version of this Scottish song. A page with the music and all of the verses is handy for a sing-along. A great addition to any library, especially for storyhours.
Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580890288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580890281
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,029,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Carol C. VINE VOICE on December 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
the lyrics are not the ones you might be expecting, and may not "match" lyrics you have on a CD or elsewhere. In this modernized version of the classic Scottish tune, froggie carries "roses & chocolates" by his side rather than a sword & pistol. He doesn't marry Miss Mousy -- rather, he marries a fellow frog only AFTER he has asked all of the other animals in his environs to marry him, and they reject him for various reasons (he likes a wet home, whereas miss birdy lives in a tree; he eats bugs when other animals prefer nuts -- how would such a couple resolve their differences? Is this a subtle criticism on miscengenation? The "stick to your own kind" message in West Side Story?) The illustrations are full-page, beautifully-colored, and first-rate, and the rhymes are very clever; they're just different from those I learned as a child. I would definitely recommend the book -- just want you to know what to expect. I particularly like the fact that the author included the music notation at the end of the book, for a play-along/sing-along.
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As a child, many a many a year ago, this was one of the first folk song I learned. I must admit when I read this one to the kids in class, I at first had some gualms. For a start, it did break tradition, and did not go along with the old, old song I had learned well over fifty years ago. Secondly, at first reading I felt that the primary lesson of the book was that to each his own and stick with your own kind, etc. After giving the book a reread, I changed my mind. I feel it is just a cute story about a frog who want to be in love and wants a wife. The lesson that you had better find someone compatable to marry is a valid lesson and one I certainly not fuss about. The illustrations are well executed and actually quite good and match the story line, which is also quite good, quite well. All in all, I have to give this one five stars. I do have to agree with a previous reviewer who pointed out that this is NOT the old, original version of this song and the buyer needs to be aware of that. Overall, recommend highly.
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My daughter absolutely loves Shoo Fly, so I looked for other books by Iza Trapani, and found this one. I've always loved this song, so I bought it. Unfortunately the lyrics are all different, and not that very good on top of it. I could see (maybe) getting rid of the "sword and pistol" line, but the rest of it didn't need to change. I haven't even showed this to my daughter. I'm so afraid she'll like it, and I'll end up having to read it. I'm going to donate it to her childcare facility. The illustrations are beautiful, though!
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Froggie Went A-courtin' is a thoroughly delightful and highly recommended children's picture book by Iza Trapani and based on the traditional, merry song of the same name. Warm and jubilant color illustrations by Trapani bring to life this simple and enjoyable tale about a frog searching for someone to be his wife, until a lady frog comes to him. The final page presents a simple, sheet music rendition of the popular ditty for budding musicians.
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My daughter borrowed this book from the library so many times I thought it would make a great Christmas gift. I was so happy to be able find the exact kind that we had borrowed from the library and she was so happy that she was "able to keep it". It's a great version. It brings much joy to our house!
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I am a music teacher, and I sing this story to my younger students, along with other Iza Trapani books. They love it! The lyrics are different from the original folk song, they are suitable for children, and the illustrations are wonderful.
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Iza's story strays a bit from the traditional story, but the illustrations in the book are, as in most of Iza's books, superior!
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