A Frog Thing

Eric Drachman, Author, James Muscarello, Illustrator , read by Drachman and a full cast. Kidwick Books $18.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-9703809-3-7

Framed as a story within a story, Drachman's narrator tells a tale to a pond full of young frogs eager to hear about the adventures of one of their own. More than anything, Frank, the young amphibian protagonist, wants to fly. But everyone knows frogs don't fly; flying is simply not a "frog thing," like hopping or swimming. Frank nonetheless pours his heart into getting airborne, to no avail. One day, happenstance gives him a lift when he rescues a baby bird that has fallen into the pond. A grateful mother offers Frank any reward he desires—and she soon finds a clever way to grant the froggy hero his fondest wish. Drachman's voice is smooth and inviting; his telling well-paced for the younger set, yet still entertaining enough for any age listener. Splashy sound effects and snippets of orchestral music that soar right along with Frank's determination give this warm and entertaining outing some additional heart. Ages 3-7. (May)

Reviewed on: 05/08/2006
Release date: 10/01/2006
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