Author/Illustrator: David Wiesner
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Year: 1991
Brief Summary: In this almost entirely wordless picture book, a group of frogs mysteriously travel through town on lilypads. Readers will enjoy studying the detailed illustrations and seeing the shocked faces of witnesses.
Awards (if any):
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
- ABC Children’s Booksellers Choices Award, 1992 Winner Picture Books United States
- Caldecott Medal, 1992.undefined
- Kentucky Bluegrass Award, 1993 Winner Grades K-3 Kentucky
- Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1992 Winner United States
- Reading Magic Award, 1991 Winner United States
- Young Hoosier Book Award, 1993 Winner Grades K-3 Indiana
- Young Hoosier Book Award, 2002 Winner Grades 4-6 Indiana
- Young Hoosier Book Award, 2002 Winner Grades 6-8 Indiana
- Young Hoosier Book Award, 2002 Winner Grades K-3 Indiana
- Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, Tenth Edition, 1993 National Council of Teachers of English,
- Bulletin Blue Ribbons, 1991 Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books,
- Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 H.W. Wilson,
- Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 H.W. Wilson,
- Cliffhangers, 2003 Bank Street College of Education,
- Kirkus Book Review Stars, 1991undefined,
- Notable Children’s Books, 1992 Association for Library Service to Children,
- Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 California Department of Education,
- School Library Journal Best Books, 1991 Cahners,
State and Provincial Reading List:
- Kentucky Bluegrass Award, 1993; Nominee
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:
- Introduce the concept of wordless picture books. Why do you think the author choose to not include any words? Read other wordless books such as Flotsam by David Wiesner and The Red Book by Barbara Lehman. How is this wordless book different?
- Have children tell the story based on looking at the pictures. Older students can write out their own version and share with the class. Discuss how each story is different.
- Spend time poring over the amazing pictures…what details can the students see?
- Have students talk about their favorite day of the week. Do they have a routine they follow? What do they think might happen to the routine if something unexpected (like flying frogs) were to happen? Write about it and illustrate.
- Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.:
- Making inferences based on text/illustrations; making predictions
- Text-to-self connections
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.: N/A
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