Little frog and the scary Autumn thing

Jane Yolen

Book - 2016

Trying to overcome her fear, Little frog enters the wood only to become startled by the red, yellow, and orange leaves falling around her.

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
Apex, NC : Persnickety Press [2016]
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781943978014
1943978018
Main Author
Jane Yolen (author)
Other Authors
Ellen Shi (illustrator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Vivid autumn foliage is generally considered to be a thing of beauty, but those unfamiliar colors spell danger to a young frog. "To Little Frog, red and gold were scary," writes Yolen (On Bird Hill). "They were the colors of hot sun and cold blood." Mama Frog tells her daughter that "most things that are scary are only just new," and after exploring the forest on her own and sliding down a pile of leaves with her father, Little Frog starts to agree. Yolen doesn't rush Little Frog's emotional turnaround, and newcomer Shi's inviting mixed-media landscapes make it clear that the amphibian is never in danger. Little Frog's (mostly) reasoned reactions to her own nervousness hint at ways readers might tackle their own fears. Ages 4–8. Author's agent: Elizabeth Harding, Curtis Brown. Illustrator's agent: Anne Moore Armstrong, Bright Group. (Sept.) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

“Rich colors underscore the intensity of Little Frog's feelings...a low-key way of introducing the idea of change, in nature or otherwise.” – KIRKUS REVIEWSMost things that are scary are just new...Little Frog and the Scary Autumn Thing helps families embrace the new and unknown through the story of one little frog learning that change doesn't have to be frightening—especially when families face it together!It's Little Frog's first autumn, and she doesn't like it one bit. It is not the green world she loves so much, but something scarier and ominous, filled with red and gold and yellow. And noise! WHIRRRRR. CHIRRRR. BAROOOOOOM. But encouraged by her Mama, who reminds her that "Most things that are scary are just new," Little Frog bravely sets out into this world. When her courage waivers, she starts to run and soon is lost, miserably lost. She finds her way to Papa Frog, and he shows her what Mama Frog means.In a warm and satisfying ending:At last, arm in arm,Little Frog and Papa Froghappily hopped and dancedall the way home to The Pondwhere Mama Frog had madea fresh shoo-fly pie for dinner,something all three of them knew well.This charmer of a story is by multi-award winning author Jane Yolen, author of Owl Moon and the How Do Dinosaurs...? books. The wonderful autumn palette and adorable pictures are by newcomer Ellen Shi, who is not afraid of trying something new herself.About the LITTLE FROG SeriesFear comes in many shapes and sizes.Seasons change.Families change.And change can be a scary thing for a little mind exploring the complicated emotions of facing the unknown. With gentle sweetness, Little Frog makes them laugh and breathe a sigh of relief through life’s natural cycles. Little Frog shows young children they can muster up courage in the face of all things strange and new.With a little love, patience, and acceptance, big fears can be turned into bigger discoveries.Praise for LITTLE FROG“Vivid autumn foliage is generally considered to be a thing of beauty, but those unfamiliar colors spell danger to a young frog. Yolen doesn’t rush Little Frog’s emotional turnaround. Shi’s inviting mixed-media landscapes make it clear that the amphibian is never in danger...reasoned reactions to her own nervousness hint at ways readers might tackle their own fears.” — PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY Repeated words and phrases, illustrations enhance meaning and tone, Story elements: setting, plot and character development, Language: onomatopoeia, color words, Figurative language: simile Themes: fall, being brave, new experiences, frogs,

Review by Publisher Summary 2

It's Little Frog's first autumn, and she doesn't like it one bit. It is not the green world she loves so much, but something scarier and ominous, filled with red and gold and yellow. And noise! WHIRRRRR. CHIRRRR. BAROOOOOOM. But encouraged by her Mama, who reminds her that "Most things that are scary are just new," Little Frog bravely sets out into this world. When her courage waivers, she starts to run and soon is lost, miserably lost. She finds her way to Papa Frog, and he shows her what Mama Frog means.In a warm and satisfying ending:At last, arm in arm,Little Frog and Papa Froghappily hopped and dancedall the way home to The Pondwhere Mama Frog had madea fresh shoo-fly pie for dinner,something all three of them knew well.This charmer of a story is by multi-award winning author Jane Yolen, author of Owl Moon and the How Do Dinosaurs...? books. The wonderful autumn palette and adorable pictures are by newcomer Ellen Shi, who is not afraid of trying something new herself.