cover image Bee Frog

Bee Frog

Martin Waddell. Candlewick Press (MA), $14.99 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-7636-3310-3

Bee, the littlest frog in her family, insists that she is the fierce ""Bee Dragon."" But no one seems very impressed (""Yes, Bee, that's nice,"" her mother says absently), so she hops off to a remote stone in the pond to make ""dragon noises all by herself."" Just as Bee is beginning to think that loneliness is not a such a great trade-off for being fearsome, Mom and Dad Frog find her. They're happy to call her Bee Dragon now, but what the heroine really wants from her parents is the assurance that she's ""your Bee!"" Though Firth keeps the unhappy heroine at a distance, Bee is a cute as a button and the artist creates lovely, delicately tinted watercolor swamp scenes. Ages 3-7.