Frogness by Sarah Nelson, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes. Owlkids Books, 2021. 9781771473750
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review): 5
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? A child and a dog explore the beach and marshes on a fine summer evening, hoping to find frogs. Sammy loves frogs and wants to catch some. With Chocolate, the dog, they run, leap, check under logs, squish through the mud, but see no frogs. (Sometimes, patience and quiet work better when scouting wildlife.) Any child who’s ever marveled at a bug, or delighted in seeing a rabbit across a field, or had little fish nibble their toes in a stream, will understand Sammy. This book may inspire some children to adventure outdoors and see what they can see.
This is a celebration of childhood nature exploring. The frogs may be playing hard-to-get, but there are many other nature wonders to see along the way. They aren’t mentioned in the text, but children will surely spot them. The illustrations are exuberant and full of color. There’s a nice note in the back about the many kinds of frogs in the world, how they make their frog calls, and why they can be so hard to spot.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This would be a great addition to any spring/summer, adventure, or play-outside storytime. Pairs nicely with Run Wild by David Covell for the joy of free play and getting messy.
Who should buy this book? Daycares, preschools, elementary and public libraries.
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Robin Shtulman, Athol Public Library, Athol, MA
Date of review: August 19, 2021