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Book: G. W. Frog and the Pumpkin Patch Bandit
Author and Illustrator: George W. Everett
Publisher: WestBow Press, 2010
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Everett, George W. G. W. Frog and the Pumpkin Patch Bandit (published in 2010 by WestBow Press, 1663 Liberty Dr., Bloomington, IN 47403, a division of Thomas Nelson). Who is taking the pumpkins? Farmer Brown’s pumpkin patch is the pride of Misty Meadows, and he has kept thieves out of it with the meanest and scariest old scarecrow in all of Frog Holler. However, this year is different. Every night for a couple of weeks, someone has been stealing pumpkins. Old Scarecrow is worried because he is old and unable to stay awake, so his job is in danger. Will G. W. Frog be able to come up with a plan to help Old Scarecrow? Who is the bandit? And how will fireflies figure into the picture?
This is one of a series of delightful children’s stories about G. W. Frog of Frog Holler in Misty Meadows. Author George Everett, who is the founder of Avodah ministries in Mentone, CA, originally wrote the G. W. Frog stories back in the 1980s but just recently had them published. Each story illustrates one or more important moral principles. G. W. Frog and the Pumpkin Patch Bandit reminds children that we should never take something that doesn’t belong to us, and that a true friend is one who will listen to our deepest hurts and feel that they are his too. There is also a fun “look and find” activity page where youngsters can locate and count the critters in the story.