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Wilson, Karma.
New York : M.K. McElderry Books, 2003.
IL K-3, RL 3.7
ISBN 0689840810

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Oh my.  I hope you are all hungry.  Frog certainly is!  You won't believe the things he eats!  "ONE tick, TWO fleas, THREE flies (Oh my!),/ FOUR slugs (Ew, ugh!) in the belly of the frog/ on a half-sunk log/ in the middle of the bog."  What else can he possibly eat?  Find out in A Frog in the Bog.

Booktalk #2

 This rhyming picture book about an amphibian with a big appetite will keep children laughing as a “small green frog/on a half-sunk log/in the middle of the bog” eats his way through a variety of swamp delicacies, including, “ONE tick,” “TWO fleas,” “THREE flies (Oh, my!),” “FOUR slugs.” and “FIVE snails,” as he grows “a little bit bigger” with each snack. After he has reached massive proportions, he is startled when the log he has been resting on develops a pair of yellow eyes and wide jaws. After opening his mouth and screaming, “Gator!” there is a dramatic splash and all the creatures involved get their just desserts. This gastronomic adventure is told in catchy, rhyming verse, complemented by soft, dreamy watercolors that perfectly depict the bog. The illustrations are enhanced by humorous details including the fast food “MacFroggies” restaurant depicted on the opening page, a flea circus set up in the background of another scene, the frog’s jaunty sunhat, and the claustrophobic faces of the swamp creatures crammed into the frog’s belly. This amusingly told tale with a dramatic surprise and appropriate comeuppance for the protagonist will delight young listeners. (Prepared by:  Janet Kittrell, SCASL Picture Book Awards)

SUBJECTS:     Frogs -- Fiction.
                        Insects -- Fiction.
                        Alligators -- Fiction.
                        Stories in rhyme.


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