"Carl the Frog"

Carl The Frog


Book: Carl the Frog

Author: David N. Weiss

Illustrator: Peter Whitehead

Publisher: Worthwhile Books, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1–60010-338-4

Related website: www.MyWorthwhileBooks.com (publisher)

Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)

Reading Level: Ages 3-7

Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)

Reviewed by Wayne Walker

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Weiss, David N. Carl the Frog (published in 2009 by Worthwhile Books). If you were a frog and saw a gnat, what would you want to do with the gnat? Play with him or eat him? Carl goes from being an egg to being a tadpole to being a frog. He hops to the nearest tree to stretch his tongue. A friendly gnat encourages him in stretching his tongue, but then Carl feels hungry. After eating the gnat, he no longer feels hungry, but now he feels lonely. He plays cards with a friendly horsefly, but then he begins to feel hungry again. And there is the friendly fish who wants to swim with him. However, when a not-so-friendly kingfisher comes along and acts as if he is going to eat Carl, the frog learns an important lesson. In addition to the incidental information about the life cycle of a frog, children will see the valuable message from David N. Weiss’s humorous story and Peter Whitehead’s clever illustrations that they should never mistreat or harm their friends–or they may end up with no one to play with! Toddlers, preschoolers, and early readers will find Carl the Frog full of both laughs and a little thought-provoking.

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