Hello, Mr. Froggy!

A Froggy book display at Westport Branch created by Andrea Allen
A Froggy book display at Westport Branch created by Andrea Allen

Frogs love rain, and making funny sound. The first time I encountered a frog in a very “close-up” and personal way was when I was a kid in Thailand. It was a water festival, which falls on the hottest month of April. Kids splashed water at each other to celebrate the holiday. Instead of water, a naughty neighbor boy teased me by throwing a little frog at me. Ugh! I screamed and ran away. That was quite a memorable experience.

As a grown-up, I decided that frogs are actually cute and interesting, although I still refused to touch their slimy skin. Frogs have their own personality. Their large, bulging eyes roam around for flies and bugs. They can really jump high and fast. What a fun creature! When they start to croak, it doesn’t seem like they would ever stop. “Ribbit, ribbit.” That is the sound of frogs heard in North America, but in Thailand, frogs make a different night melody, “Oap, Oap.”

Here are some delightful picture books about frogs to explore this summer:

One Frog Sang by Shirley Parenteau

One spring night, ten frogs reappeared from hiding and chorused. This joyful book teaches children how to count from one to ten. Young readers will enjoy learning various sounds frogs make (Ka-blu-urp, preep, preep, ribbit, ribbit) and looking at vivid illustrations.

Frog Knows Best by Kelli Foster

I like this book because of the way it perfectly rhymes throughout the story. A smart frog gives a warning to two unaware joggers about the danger that lies in the bog. What is the danger? You have to read this book to find out!

The Big Wide-Mouthed Frog by Ana Martin Larranaga

This is a tale about a proud, big wide-mouthed frog who likes to brag. He tells every animal that he sees about his wide mouth. However, he runs into an animal whose mouth is much wider and bigger than his.

A Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson

This is a perfect book to learn about numbers and frogs’ food. The frog in this book has a great appetite and snacks on all kinds of bugs. Every time he gulps down delectable insects, his body gets larger and stronger. The book has a surprise ending.

Too Many Frogs! by Sandy Asher

Frogs can be intrusive and annoying, but all they want is to have a little fun and be friendly with you. In this book, Mr. Frog invites himself into Mr. Rabbit’s house. Rabbit likes to read books and dines on great snacks afterwards. But his peaceful and quiet evening changes into a chaotic mess when Mr. Frog knocks at the door and makes himself at home. You will like the whimsical illustrations in this book.

About the Author

Sukalaya Kenworthy is a senior library assistant at the Westport Branch. She is from Bangkok, Thailand.

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