One Frog Too Many
This week we are sharing an old classic, probably older than I am, much loved by my kids and by me. This is the Mercer Meyer series A Boy, a Dog and a Frog
. The drawings are monochromatic and have a sort of timeless yet retro feel (as impossible as that seems). And I gotta love any artist that uses crosshatching. The pictures are sweet; the adventures silly. The set of three books we borrowed from a friend were also tiny, like 3×4 inches. This is a lovely size for little people. The books fit easily in a bag to bring to restaurants or other places where you have to w…a…i…t. Plus, it seems like little people usually like little things, things that are made just for them, in their size. There are quite a few books in this series and to be honest, I remember them from my childhood but so far, we’ve only delved into a couple with Rain. I’m looking forward to going through all of them.
Most recently we read One Frog Too Many in which the boy who already has a dog, a frog and a turtle brings home another little frog. Unfortunately, the first frog is jealous and behaves poorly. There were plenty of opportunities for discussing emotions and appropriate actions. Mercer Meyer seems to have a talent for drawing postures and facial expressions that intimately convey emotion and we really got caught up in the feelings of sadness, disappointment, surprise and joy. The books have definitely been a Quiet Time favourite at our house.
A Boy, a Dog & a Frog