Saturday, July 21, 2018

"Froggie Series" - an infowrap

The "Froggy Series" Is Full of Big Lessons and Everyday Humour for Kids

Sharing a guest post today from
by Regina Hayes
 I love the Froggie books and have used them many times in my classroom.  Enjoy! 

Regina Hayes began her career at Coward McCann, and subsequently was Executive Editor at Dial Books for Young Readers. After moving to Viking, she was President and Publisher for Viking Children’s Books for 30 years. She is now Editor-at-Large at Viking.

Since Froggy Gets Dressed, the first Froggy book, appeared in 1992, Froggy has been enthusiastically embraced by teachers, librarians, parents, and, most importantly, children. Twenty-six subsequent picture books have chronicled Froggy’s adventures, from holiday celebrations to many new learning experiences. What is the source of his enduring popularity?

Froggy is Everychild. Like Curious George, Froggy is continually getting himself in hot water. Perhaps that’s why boys in particular love Froggy. Froggy is an eternal optimist and he always has big plans, whether he’s building a tree house, setting up a lemonade stand, or just learning to ride a bike. He always expects to be the best, to triumph, but somehow his big plans go awry, leaving him, in the signature line of the books, “with his face more red than green.” But lovable Froggy is surrounded by good friends and loving family, including his little sister Pollywogilina, and they are ready to console him and encourage him to embark on his next adventure. 

Artfully and painlessly conveyed in the amusing texts are important lessons about perseverance, friendship, and loyalty.
The Froggy books are terrific read-alouds, full of onomatopoeic words as Froggy gets himself dressed — zut, zoot, zup, zat — and sets out into the world — flop, flop flop — and there is a constant refrain of “Frrrooggyy,” as his mother reminds him of something he has forgotten to do or wear. Frank Remkiewicz has illustrated all of the Froggy books with pictures full of humor and action.

Here are just a few of my favorite Froggy stories:

by Jonathan London, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz

The book that started it all! It takes so long for Froggy to put on all his clothes to go play in the snow that he gives up and goes back to bed.

by Jonathan London, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz

It takes a while for Froggy to learn to use his inside voice, but his kindly teacher, Miss Witherspoon, is happy to have exuberant Froggy in her class.

by Jonathan London, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz

Froggy has big plans for all the money he will make at his lemonade stand, but it’s a hot day and he is very thirsty.

by Jonathan London, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz

Froggy hopes to be a star, but just hitting the ball is harder than it looks and he realizes that having fun is the most important thing.

by Jonathan London, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz

Camp Run-A-Muck will never be the same after Froggy spends a week there as a camper!

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*  The "Froggy Series" will have the kids asking for another read ... please! 

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