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Froggie went a courting
Priceman, Marjorie.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown, [2000]

Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
An updated version of the familiar folk song about the courtship and wedding of Frog and Ms. Mouse, set in New York City.
Added Uniform Title:
Frog he would a-wooing go (Folk song)
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Central Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Clarence Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Clearfield Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Clearfield Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Clearfield Library X Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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Set in New York City, this funny, modern update of the beloved children's tale is cleverly retold and strikingly illustrated by award-winning author-illustrator Marjorie Priceman. With a wedding gown from Chinatown, a cake with as many layers as the Empire State Building, and a party atop the Statue of Liberty, this is one wedding celebration no one will want to miss!

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. "Froggie went a-courting, he did ride / A taxicab to the Upper West Side." The traditional Scottish folk song gets a cosmopolitan twist in this lavishly illustrated version set in a Manhattan populated with chic animals. Froggie proposes to Ms. Mouse, and the engagement is announced in lights on Broadway. Sour, bigoted Auntie Rat scorns the marriage ("A slimy frog--he's not our kind!"), but the celebration goes forward anyway, with a dress from Chinatown, a wedding party atop the Statue of Liberty, and then a mad dash to a cruise, pursued by an interloping tomcat who brings about Auntie Rat's demise. The story retains the pacing of a song; rhythmic couplets unfold the scenes at a manic, almost disjointed speed. But children, even those unfamiliar with the song, will delight in the rhymes and infectious, bouncy tempo, and in Priceman's wonderful illlustrations that all but explode with wit, color, and whimsy. An excellent choice for story hours. --Gillian Engberg

Publisher's Weekly Review

With characteristic verve, Priceman (One of Each) turns the Scottish folk song about the marriage of a frog and a mouse into a zingy picture book. In this rendition, the action takes place not in the countryside but in contemporary Manhattan. Froggie hops a cab over to Ms. Mouse's apartment above the Cheese World storefront and asks for her hand in marriage. Soon preparations for a reception atop the Statue of Liberty are underway. Word of the engagement flashes in Times Square lights; Ms. Mouse reads Modern Mouse Bride. But just as the wedding celebration goes into full swing, "a guest with a long black tail" arrives, sets the partygoers scurrying and makes a meal of crabby Auntie Rat. Priceman pays a fitting tribute to the Big Apple, giving her text a big-city bustle and rhythm and showcasing such attractions as Chinatown, the Empire State Building and a Circle Line tourist boat. She more than matches the story's zip with gouache and cut-paper compositions saturated in kicky color. A master of clever perspective, Priceman whisks readers from street-level views of towering buildings to the sky-high party in Lady Liberty's crown. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Flat, scrapbook-style illustrations in vivid colors depict the Statue of Liberty, Chinatown, and Broadway in this very New York reworking of the old song. Frog proposes, the two marry, and they entertain a menagerie of exotic wedding guests, but there the similarities end. This is a version to be read, not sung, as the tune's "uh-huhs" and repetitions, as well as the musical score, have been omitted. From the modern opening lines, "Froggie went a-courting, he did ride/A taxicab to the Upper West Side," the words are all new. Auntie Rat tries to stop the marriage ("`You cannot marry an amphibian!/A slimy frog-he's not our kind!'/But Mousie had made up her mind")-but the festivities continue after she is swallowed by a smug-looking cat. While clever in spots, some lines seem forced ("But, into town the guests did funnel./Some by bridge and some by tunnel"). Plot and poetry aside, the strength is in the bold cut-paper and gouache artwork, offering inventive design and engaging details. From the honeybee jazz band to the cover of Modern Mouse Bride, the memorable illustrations are what make an impression.-Faith Brautigam, Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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