- Age Range: 4 and up
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown & Co.; 1st edition (April 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316712272
- ISBN-13: 978-0316712279
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,319,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Froggie Went A-Courting: An Old Tale with a New Twist Hardcover – April 1, 2000
"Froggie went a-courting, he did ride
A taxicab to the Upper West Side."
The 400-year-old Scottish folk song about the frowned-upon-yet-joyful marriage of a frog and a mouse is splashed with the lights of Times Square in Caldecott Honor artist Marjorie Priceman's clever take on "Froggie Went A-Courting." Where will the wedding party be? On top of the Statue of Liberty. Who will make the wedding gown? Ms. Dragonfly in Chinatown. Auntie Rat is against this amphibian-rodent marriage ("A slimy frog--he's not our kind!" she cried), but she can't stop the happy occasion. (The bold paintings explode with festive wedding-day color, bees, and jazzy melodies.) That's not to say that Ms. Rat herself can't be stopped, as a black-tailed feline guest shows up at the wedding and eats her. While this can't exactly be called a moral story ("Those who exhibit prejudice will be promptly eaten by a predator" just doesn't seem right), Priceman outdoes herself with these splashy, colorful, skewed-perspective glimpses of New York City. (Preschool to age 6) --Karin Snelson
From Publishers Weekly
With characteristic verve, Priceman (One of Each) turns the Scottish folk song about the marriage of a frog and a mouse into a zingy picture book. In this rendition, the action takes place not in the countryside but in contemporary Manhattan. Froggie hops a cab over to Ms. Mouse's apartment above the Cheese World storefront and asks for her hand in marriage. Soon preparations for a reception atop the Statue of Liberty are underway. Word of the engagement flashes in Times Square lights; Ms. Mouse reads Modern Mouse Bride. But just as the wedding celebration goes into full swing, "a guest with a long black tail" arrives, sets the partygoers scurrying and makes a meal of crabby Auntie Rat. Priceman pays a fitting tribute to the Big Apple, giving her text a big-city bustle and rhythm and showcasing such attractions as Chinatown, the Empire State Building and a Circle Line tourist boat. She more than matches the story's zip with gouache and cut-paper compositions saturated in kicky color. A master of clever perspective, Priceman whisks readers from street-level views of towering buildings to the sky-high party in Lady Liberty's crown. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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However, I will note that most versions I know of have a chorus. If you're going to sing this book you're largely going to have to add the chorus yourself, and probably repeat lines here and there. That means this book is going to take two to three times longer to SING than it is to READ. Be prepared. (I sing it by tripling the first line and adding the refrain where needed.)
I like the illustrations well enough, and, as a New Yorker, I love the new setting. (You'd be surprised, but there actually aren't as many picture books as you'd expect that take place in a city. I snatch them up wherever I see them!)
I will say, however, that some of the word choices are a bit clunky. "Into town the guests did funnel/some by bridge and some by tunnel" springs to mind, as does "How many layers on the cake?/As many as floors in the Empire State". (That one particularly irks me, as the Empire State is New York State. The building is the "Empire State" Building.) And at one point they really make no sense. After Auntie Rat is duly eaten (she spent the whole book trying to break up the happy couple, so no great loss there) we first are told "All the guests then did cry", but then we're told that the guests pretty much IMMEDIATELY "resumed their celebrating" which, no matter how unliked Auntie Rat may have been ("Though cat ate rat there's no denial/Aunt Rat at last made someone smile"), strikes me as a wee bit callous. I mean, she was just EATEN right in front of their eyes! A moment of silence wouldn't go amiss.
Still, if you can ignore the few weird areas, it's a great book. I recommend it.