HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Friend Frog
Author: Alma Flor Ada
Illustrator: Lori Lohstoeter
Publisher: Scholastic, republished in 2001
ISBN-13: 978-0152015220 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0152015221 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0439267748 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0439267749 (Paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 3 – 7
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Ada, Alma Flor. Friend Frog (published in 2000 by HMH Books for Young Readers). Poor Field Mouse wants a friend to share secrets but cannot find one. One day he spots Frog by the pond and is wowed by her because she seems so perfect. However, when Frog invites him to play, Field Mouse despairs because Frog can croak, jump, and swim all over the place, but Field Mouse can’t do any of those things. Field Mouse likes Frog, but feels Frog wouldn’t like him. How will they ever be friends? Will Field Mouse discover that there is something which he can do?
This simple story by author Alma Flor Ada on the glories of friendship teaches children to recognize their own talents, appreciate the talents of others, and recognize that friends can come from very different backgrounds. The underlying message of the book, that we all have gifts, even the smallest and meekest among us, is a good one. Illustrator Lori Lohstoeter has created outstanding art with acrylic-on-illustration-board paintings that use strong lines and deep earth tones to create both pond and field as well as to capture facial expressions. Young children will really like the book.