Monday, November 30, 2015

by Mouse & Frog review


Fastidious Mouse has one idea about how to tell a story. Free-spirited Frog has another. What happens when Frog crashes into Mouse's story with some wild ideas? Chaos!...followed by the discovery that working together means being willing to compromise—and that listening to one another can lead to the most beautiful stories of all.(goodreads summary)

One morning, Mouse is very eager to write a story of her own. As her words begin to flow, Frog suddenly bursts in with ideas of his own on how he thinks the story should go.  He becomes so carried away that the story goes slightly out of control with a King, a Cake and Ice Cream.  Frog does not listen to what Mouse is saying until she gets very upset!  When the two decide to compromise and collaborate, they find that a story by Mouse and Frog will be better simply by learning to work together.

A nice and gentle story not only about working together but also not listening to others, which some kids can struggle with. Frog's excitement unintentionally takes over Mouse's story and she does not like it. Frog just wants to help but does not understand his enthusiasm is not well received until she gets upset. Each one can contribute to create a wonderful story by using both imaginations and working together.  The illustrations are fun and creative adding much humor as Frog draws his version of the story in pencil and Mouse mopping up his many messes along the way. In the end, the two find working together resolves their conflict better. Although older kids will understand about the writing process and connect easily, Preschoolers having trouble in playtime scenarios may also benefit if a discussion follows after reading. I think this is a "just right book" for ages 3-7.~

Title:  by Mouse & Frog
Author: Deborah Freedman
Pub. Date: April 2015, Viking Books or Young Readers
Genre: picture book
Hardcover, 40 pgs.