Little Frog and the Spring Polliwogs

The second book about Little Frog (of four, one for each season) with pictures by the new but very professional and suddenly sought-after illustrator, Ellen Shi. (The first frog book was her first published book! And I found her!) In this one Little Frog is a reluctant big sister until danger threatens her baby brothers, and…

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  • “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.”–Publisher’s Weekly
  • “Little Frog is classic Jane Yolen: elegant, surprising, humorous, and touching. And Ellen Shi’s illustrations are lovely and whimsical: a perfect match for a delightful story.” — Mira Bartók, author of The Memory Palace, and the soon to be published The Wonderling: Songcatcher, also an animated film.
  • “Rich colors underscore the intensity of Little Frog’s feelings, as the sunlit greens of reeds and lily pads give way to showers of leaves that, in the shadowed woods, glow with autumn reds and golds…a low-key way of introducing the idea of change, in nature or otherwise.” — Kirkus