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The Story of the Wide Mouthed Frog - Picture Book & CD

The Story of the Wide Mouthed Frog - Picture Book & CD

Fall 2015 Audio Book
Ages: 2 - 6 yrs.
Producer: HeidiSongs
CD Price: $10.00

In this pleasant paperback book-and-audio combo, written and narrated by educator Heidi Butkus and based on a traditional folk tale, a Wide-mouth frog mama with a passel of babies in tow (just out of their tadpole stage) hops through a tropical forest asking various denizens what they feed their babies. After meeting rabbits, elephants, monkeys, and lions, the too-inquisitive mama happens upon a crocodile with a taste for Wide Mouth frogs, sending the amphibian family "hop, hop, hopping" back to their pond. The CD includes a "turn-the-page" signal for read-along, sing-along participation and illustrator Keika Yamaguchi makes the book a colorful no-scare zone: all animal characters are pictured as children in costume, putting on a class play. (The book can serve as a script for use in real-life classrooms.)

Lynne Heffley   ©2015 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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