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The prog frince: a mixed-up tale
Lamm, C. Drew.
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Publication Information:
New York : Orchard Books, 1999.
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32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
When Jane sets off for the bakery to buy a muffin one morning, in her pocket she finds an enchanted frog wearing her dime for a hat.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.6 0.5 34657.
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Central Library PZ8.L1386 PR 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
Clarence Library PZ8.L1386 PR 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library PZ8.L1386 PR 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
Audubon Library PZ8.L1386 PR 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales

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When Jane sets off for the bakery to buy a muffin one morning, in her pocket she finds an enchanted frog wearing her dime for a hat.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-4, younger for reading aloud. Like Jon Scieszka's The Frog Prince Continued (1991), this fractured fairy tale plays with the conventions and subverts the formula while it affirms the power of story. The problem with Jane is that she has no imagination (fairy tales "don't make sense. And they're not true"). Barbara McClintock's wonderfully expressive, detailed ink-and-watercolor illustrations show a scowling kid glaring at the frog, who leads her to the banks of a stream and into the heart of a story, in which the prince loves the stable girl named Jaylie, but he gets turned into a frog, and Jaylie gets turned into Jane, until she misses (not kisses) him, and that makes him a prince again, and she's transformed into Jaylie, and. . . . Mixed-up it certainly is, and the twists and turns are sometimes arbitrary, but kids will enjoy unravelling the surprises. As in her illustrations for Jim Aylesworth's The Gingerbread Man (1998), McClintock creates an exuberant nineteenth-century Randolph Caldecott kind of world, where the down-to-earth, the old-fashioned, and the magical connect and tell a story. --Hazel Rochman

Publisher's Weekly Review

The fairy tale of the prince-turned-frog undergoes a transformation of its own in Lamm (Sea Lion Roars) and McClintock's (The Gingerbread Man) playful treatment. Jane, a literal-minded girl with no use for "made-up" stories, wakes up with a craving for muffins. As she goes to the bakery, her dime is stolen by a talking frog. The outraged Jane, figuring that there may be "something about frogs that she had not learned in school," finds herself agreeing to hear him tell the story of the "Frog Prince" (or, as Jane, who is more mixed-up than she yet knows, calls it, "the Prog Frince"). The frog recounts a wholesome romance between Jaylee, the king's stable girl, and the prince. Their love is halted when the king procures an anti-love potion that not only turns his son into a frog but robs Jaylee of her imagination. The two strands of the narrative plait themselves together as Jane gradually realizes she is the once-merry Jaylee. The writing is graceful, and McClintock does it immeasurable service in creating a classic English setting, a child's version of Jane Austen country. The cobblestoned village and shuttered cottages are ballast against the quirky opening passages, and skillful use of vignettes and spot art fills the pages with motion. The moralizing message about the need for make-believe impedes the book's charm only slightly; otherwise it's a sure pleaser. Ages 4-7. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-This story within a story fractures "The Frog Prince" tale. On her way to buy muffins, Jane meets a talking frog when he jumps into her pocket and takes her dime. In order to get her money back, the child has to listen to his story, which concerns a prince who loves Jaylee, a stable girl; and his father, the king, who is determined to marry his son to royalty. Amid a number of twists and turns, the king gives his son an anti-love potion, but it backfires, transforming him into a frog. Jaylee also tastes the brew, which causes her to lose her imagination. Eventually, Jane turns into Jaylee, the frog becomes the prince, and the two share a kiss. Although Lamm has a nice way with words, children not grounded in the original story may be confused and even those who know the tale may puzzle over the turn of events and their outcome. McClintock's soft watercolors, a mixture of sprightly small vignettes, half- and three-quarter page spreads, and full-page depictions, are expressively executed and the artist creates a pleasing, old-world ambience. They don't, however, compensate for the somewhat slight story. Suggested for libraries in which many variations of folktales are in demand.-Barbara Elleman, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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