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One, two, three jump!
Lively, Penelope, 1933-
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 1999.

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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I want to be somewhere else, thinks a young frog who is sitting between two stones. he sets off to explore, under the watchful eye of a kindly dragonfly. But there are all sorts of dangers lurking in the garden--from a boy's big feet to a curious cat to a very hungry bird. The frog has to one, two, three . . . JUMP out of some sticky situations before he finds the perfect spot to play in. Full color.

Author Notes

Penelope Lively has written over 18 books for children, and over 15 titles for adults, distinguishing herself on both levels. Among the awards she has received are the coveted Booker Prize for the adult novel "Moon Tiger" (1987) and the Carnegie Medal for the highly acclaimed juvenile work, "The Ghost of Thomas Kempe" (1973).

In Lively's writing, for both adults and children, the recurrent theme is interpreting the past through exploring the function of memory. "My particular preoccupation as a writer is with memory. Both with memory in the historical sense and memory in the personal sense."

Beginning her writing career in the early 1970's, Lively wrote exclusively for children for over a decade. Because children have limited memories, devices were used to explore their perceptions of the past, such as ghosts in "Uninvited Ghosts and Other Stories" (1985), and a sampler in "A Stitch in Time' (1976). Lively's first adult novel, "The Road to Lichfield" (1977) was the result of turning to an older audience when she felt inspiration running out. Her adult novels include "Passing On" (1995), the story of a mother's legacy to her children and 'Oleander, Jacarandi: A Childhood Perceived' (1994) which is a memoir of Lively's childhood.

Penelope (Low) Lively, born March 17, 1933 in Cairo, Egypt, had a most unusual childhood. She grew up in Cairo with no formal education until age 12, when her family put her in boarding school in England. After earning a B.A. in history at Oxford in 1955, she married Jack Lively, a university professor, whom she calls her most useful critic. They have a son and a daughter, Adam and Josephine.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

A sharp-eyed dragonfly looks out for a young frog, urging him to jump just in time to avoid getting stepped on or picked off by a crow, until he is safely ensconced in a little pond. Lively (Goodnight, Sleep Tight) creates a pleasing interaction of repetition and variation, and the spirited, stubborn frog hardly obeys blindly. Oversize type conveys action and vehemence. Ormerod (Ms. Macdonald Has a Class), in often close-up artwork, provides a cross-sectioned, frog's-eye-view that includes the dangers the frog does not yet see and sets blocky forms against an azure background. The watery, bright and blurred tones of the dragonfly's wings stand out against the flat, vivid colors of the other animals and environment, endowing the insect with a fairylike presence. The compositions manage to be both simple and inventive: the artist often tweaks basic geometric forms to make them into patterns of grass blades, daisies or pebbles running across the spread. The delectably bright artwork and the rapport between kindly dragonfly and headstrong little frog make this a satisfying book. Ages 2-6. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-This attractive picture book just misses the mark. The simple story line follows an adventurous frog as he jumps from place to place at the urging of a cautious dragonfly. Repetition of the title phrase; variations in type size, spacing, and placement; and bright, flat illustrations are all designed to appeal to young listeners. Unfortunately, the text also seems flat in places. Characterization, although understandably brisk, is somewhat disappointing. The frog seems petulant in his refusal to follow the dragonfly's (uniformly good) advice. Meanwhile, the dragonfly sounds bossy and unreasonable because he doesn't explain the dangers he's helping the frog to avoid. Still, Ormerod's illustrations have child appeal. Stylized flowers bloom, the bright orange cat has four straight stripes above its paws, and the dragonfly features a rainbow mix of colors. On occasion, this simplicity makes some items hard to identify. For example, the "two stones" between which the frog lives look more like two perfectly round balls of dirt. Robert Kalan's Jump, Frog, Jump! (Greenwillow, 1995) and Ellen Stoll Walsh's Hop Jump (Harcourt, 1993) are more engaging alternatives.-Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.