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Tadpole's Promise (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)) Hardcover – May 17, 2005

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Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 4–Beginning with pages that open vertically instead of horizontally, this tongue-in-cheek tale takes a typical love story and sets it squarely–and amusingly–on end. Ross's vibrantly hued pen-and-ink and watercolor cartoons depict the edge of a pond where a caterpillar and a tadpole meet and fall in love: "She was his beautiful rainbow, and he was her shiny black pearl." Perched on a leaf above the water, she smiles down at her sweetheart and asks him to "Promise you'll never change." Although he agrees, some vows are difficult to keep, and when they next meet, he has sprouted two legs. She forgives him, but after he breaks his promise twice more and now looks more like a frog than her "shiny black pearl," the lovelorn larva ends the affair and cries herself to sleep (sequestered in a cocoon). Meanwhile, the melancholy frog sulks around the pond, making heart-shaped air bubbles that rise to the surface and burst. When the caterpillar awakens, now a butterfly, she decides to forgive her beloved and flies above the water to find him. Without a thought, the frog swallows her whole, and then returns to wondering about whatever happened to his "beautiful rainbow." Willis strikes the perfect balance between the deadpan telling and the humorously overblown dialogue shared by the star-crossed pair, while the artwork masterfully enhances each and every nuance. Enjoy this funny story on its own merits or try using it to lighten up a science lesson.–Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
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"Beginning with pages that open vertically instead of horizontally, this tongue-in-cheek tale takes a typical love story and sets it squarely and amusingly on end. Ross's vibrantly hued pen-and-ink and watercolor cartoons depict the edge of the pond where a caterpillar and a tadpole meet and fall in love. . . Willis strikes the perfect balance between the deadpan telling and the humorously overblown dialogue shared by the star-crossed pair, while the artwork masterfully enhances each and every nuance.'  —School Library Journal


"Breaks the mould in form as well as content."  —Sunday Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 400L (What's this?)
  • Series: Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books (May 17, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689865244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689865244
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,510,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Being that the Editorial Review explains the story in full detail I won't reiterate the ending, which is the crux of this story. I checked this book out from the library because my daughter is very interested in tadpoles and frogs. I must say that I was aghast when I read the ending of this story. Luckily (so I thought) I read it on my own while my daughter was in bed. Being that days earlier we released a monarch butterfly that we had from the caterpillar stage, I figured this was NOT a book for my daughter. I made the mistake of leaving the book out though and she saw it and begged me to read it to her, which I did reluctantly. She LOVED it!! She laughed hysterically at the ending. I was worried that she would be upset, but there sat my 4 year old laughing and laughing, "Read it again, read it again!!" That gave me permission to love the story and the uniqueness of it. I and every other adult that I gave it to thought there would be the happy couple at the happy ending because the caterpillar would see the error of her ways once she changed into a butterfly (ho hum, yawn). Each was just as shocked as I was at the outcome. Every kid we shared it with thought it was soooo funny. Because of the surprise ending, my daughter is very eager to share the book and she delights in the reader's reaction. She gets to experience the surprise over and over through each reader. I find the vertical format to be a clever arrangement for this sky and underwater story. I also like the illustrator's style and feel that he adds to the story with little extras, like a fish chasing some other tadpoles (a bit of foreshadowing) and vice versa. I also like the frog offering the caterpillar a water plant much like a person offering a bouquet of flowers when asking for forgiveness.Read more ›
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Format: Hardcover
Tadpole and Caterpillar meet, fall in love, and promise each other to never change. But time moves forward and sometimes change is inevitable.

This book works for adults, since the issues of love, change, growth, and forgiveness can be debated. It works for teens, who will love the ending. And it works for children, who are will definately "get" and enjoy the ending.

Format: one of the great things about the book is that it uses the book itself as part of the design. So, yes, as pointed out, this books is "sideways", but that is because the "top" part is the air and the "bottom" the water.
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Format: Hardcover
I can't imagine that children are as fragile as some reviewers believe. This very funny book with great illustrations will traumatize only the faintest of heart while most will find it hilarious. The illustrations enhance the story perfectly and readers will recognize the foolishness of making promises you can't keep.

Oh, and JerseyTomato? You say: "To read the book, you need to hold it open long-ways, so the pages are laid out like a wall calendar. It is not easy to turn the pages. I can't believe the School Library Journal reviewer didn't even mention this." Did you miss the very beginning of the SLJ review: "Beginning with pages that open vertically instead of horizontally"?
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Format: Paperback
This books tragic end made both of my kids break into tears. We had to make up a new ending to shake them out of it.
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I'm all for science and would be fine explaining to my 2-year-old that frogs eat butterflies, but the fact that this is set up as a love story first makes it rather disturbing when the lover eats the beloved. Funny for an adult, yes -- I told my husband, "You've got to read this!" -- and well-written. Not for the little ones, though.
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Just a horrible book. It begins very well and could have been an excellent story. And as an elementary school librarian, I'm always looking for interesting children's books. However, this is definitely not one to read to children! While it may be "true to life", it certainly is not a book for youngsters. The teachers in my school were also horrified to read the ending.
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I absolutely love this book and cannot recommend it highly enough for all ages, as it tells the amusing tale of a caterpillar and tadpole who fall in love and promise one another to never change. The caterpillar becomes annoyed when her beloved tadpole develops into a frog, but she goes through some changes of her own. One of the most gratifying endings of any children's book I've read recently, and a useful book for those of us who still try to incorporate a little science into school. A MUST READ! To view this and other cool short book recommendations, visit the Lazy Readers' Book Club at [...]
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This book is fabulous. I work at an environmentally-themed camp and shared it with both younger and older children who offered insight and ideas about the ending. I also know that they wouldn't have tolerated yet another mushy story about animals. Maybe kids deserve the real deal every now and then. After all, frogs do eat butterflies and change is inevitable. It's a wonderful book. A book for all seasons.
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